Statements and Anecdotes of the Auliya – Part Five

Hazrat Junayd al-Baghdadī said: I heard [my uncle] al-Sarī al- Saqaṭī say: “I fell ill in Ṭarsūs, and some of the lazy scholars came to visit me. They sat for a lengthy period that caused me inconvenience. Thereafter, they said: ‘If you so choose, make du‘ā’ to Allāh.’ So I stretched out my hands, and I said: ‘O Allāh! Teach us the etiquettes of visiting the sick!’” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:122)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

لو أن رجلا دخل إلى بستان فيه جميع ما خلق الله من الأشجار عليها جميع ما خلق الله من الأطيار، فخاطبه كل طير منها بلغته، وقال: السلام عليك يا ولي الله، فسكنت نفسه إلى ذلك، كان في يديها أسيرا

“If a man were to enter a garden which contained all kinds of trees that Allāh has created, perched on them all kinds of birds that Allāh has created, and each of those birds speak to him in its language, saying: ‘Peace be upon you. O Friend of Allāh,’ and his nafs becomes content with that, then he is a prisoner in its captivity.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:118)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

وددت أن حزن الخلق كلهم ألقي عليه

“I wish that the grief of all creation was put upon me.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:118)

Junayd al-Baghdādī said: When [my uncle al-Sarī al- Saqaṭī] wanted to instruct me, he would ask me [questions]. He said to me one day: “What is shukr?” I said: That Allāh is not disobeyed by a favour [He has granted us].” He said: “How beautiful is your answer, how beautiful is your speech!” Al-Junayd said: “This is the requirement of shukr: that He is not disobeyed by a favour [He has granted us].” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:119)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

من ادعى باطن علم ينقض ظاهر حكم فهو غالط

“Whoever claims esoteric knowledge which violates an exoteric command, he is misguided.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:121)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

تصفية العمل من الآفات أشد من العمل

“Purifying a good deed from deficiencies is harder than performing the good deed itself.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:122)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

اجعل فقرك إلى الله تستغن به عمن سواه

“Consign your poverty to Allāh, by which you become independent of all apart from Him.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:124)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

من اشتغل بمناجاة الله أورثه حلاوة ذكر الله تعالى ومرارة ما يلقى إليه الشيطان

“Whoever engages in private communion with Allāh, He will create in him the sweetness of the dhikr of Allāh Ta‘ālā and the bitterness of what shayṭān throws at him.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:122)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

لن يحمد رجل حتى يؤثر دينه على شهوته، ولن يهلك حتى يؤثر شهوته على دينه

“A man will not be praiseworthy until he gives preference to his religion over his passions and he will never be destroyed until he gives preference to his passions over his religion.”  (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:125)

Hazrat Sarī al-Saqaṭī said:

لا يقوى على ترك الشهوات إلا من ترك الشبهات

“None will have the strength to avoid his base desires except the one who avoids doubtful things.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:126)

Muḥammad ibn Zanbūr said: I saw Fuḍayl ibn ‘Iyāḍ in my sleep and I said to him: Bequeath to me [some advice]. He said: “You must discharge the farā’iḍ. Indeed I have not seen anything like them.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 8:111)

Hazrat ‘Abdullāh ibn al-Mubārak said:

إذا عرف الرجل قدر نفسه يصير عند نفسه أذل من الكلب

“When a man truly recognises his own value, he will be regarded by himself as being lower than a dog.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 8: 168)

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