Statements and Anecdotes of the Auliya – Part Two

Hazrat ‘Abdullāh ibn Mas‘ūd (radhiyallahu anhu) said:

يذهب الصالحون أسلافا، ويبقى أهل الريب: من لا يعرف معروفا ولا ينكر منكرا

“The righteous will be relegated to the predecessors, and the people of doubt will remain: those who do not approve of good, nor disapprove of evil.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 1:135)

And he said:

ليس العلم بكثرة الرواية، إنما العلم خشية الله

“‘Ilm is not a lot of narrating. ‘Ilm is only the fear of Allāh” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 1:131)

And he said:

تعلموا العلم فإذا علمتم فاعملوا

“Learn ‘ilm and when you have ‘ilm, then implement it.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 1:131)

And he said:

إني لأحسب الرجل ينسى العلم كان تعلمه للخطيئة يعملها

“Indeed I think a man forgets ‘ilm that he had learnt because of a sin he committed.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 1:131)

Hazrat Abū Sulaymān al-Dārānī (RH) said:

كيف يعجب عاقل بعمله؟ وإنما يعد العمل نعمة من الله، إنما ينبغي له أن يشكر ويتواضع، وإنما يعجب بعمله القدرية الذين يزعمون أنهم يعملون، فأما من زعم أنه مستعمل فبأي شيء يعجب؟

“How can an intelligent person be conceited by his good deeds? Good deeds are considered only as blessings from Allāh. He should be thankful and show humility. Only the Qadariyyah who believe they are the creators of their deeds will be conceited by their good deeds. As for those who believe that his actions were created by Allāh, what is there to be conceited by?” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 9:263)

Hazrat Abū Sulaymān al-Dārānī (RH) said:

ليس الزاهد من ألقى غم الدنيا واستراح فيها، إنما الزاهد من ألقى غمها وتعب فيها لآخرته

“The zāhid is not the one who expels the concern of dunyā [from his heart] and then relaxes therein. Rather, the zāhid is the one who expels the concern of dunyā [from his heart] and then exerts himself therein for his ākhirah.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 9:273)

Hazrat Abū Sulaymān al-Dārānī (RH) said:

من ترك الدنيا للآخرة ربحهما، ومن ترك الآخرة للدنيا خسرهما

“Whoever leaves the dunyā for the ākhirah, he will profit in both of them. And whoever leaves the ākhirah for the dunyā, he will lose out in both of them.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 9:278)

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