Statements and Anecdotes of the Auliya – Part One

Hazrat Junayd al-Baghdādī (RH) said:

لا تسكن إلى نفسك وإن دامت طاعتها لك في طاعة ربك

“Never become content with your nafs even if it has continuously obeyed you in obeying your Lord.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:269)

Hazrat Abū Yazīd al-Bisṭāmī (RH) said:

إن فى الطاعات من الآفات ما لا تحتاجون إلى أن تطلبوا المعاصي

“Indeed, there are such deficiencies in your acts of obedience that you are not in need of searching for acts of disobedience!” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:36)

Hazrat Abū Yazīd al-Bisṭāmī (RH) said:

ما دام العبد يظن أن فى الخلق من هو شر منه فهو متكبر

“For as long as a slave [of Allāh] assumes that there is someone in creation worse than him, he is arrogant.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:36)

Abu Bakr al-‘Aṭawi said: “I was next to al-Junayd when he died. He completed the Qur’ān and then he started from al-Baqarah. He read seventy verses and then died. May Allāh have mercy on him.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:264)

Hazrat Abū Sulaymān al-Dārānī (RH) said:

إذا أصاب الشهوة فندم ارتفعت العقوبة، وإن اغتبط وحدث نفسه أن يعاودها دامت عليه العقوبة

“When a man fulfils his base desires and then becomes remorseful, the punishment is lifted from him. If he is covetous, and entertains his nafs [with the intention] that he will become habituated with it, the punishment will remain on him.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 9:257)

Ja‘far ibn Muḥammad ibn Nuṣayr said: I saw al-Junayd [al-Baghdādī] in my sleep and I said to him: “How did Allāh treat you?” He said: “Those allusions have perished, those expressions have disappeared, those sciences have ended and those symbols have depleted. Nothing benefited us but a few short rak‘ats we used to pray in the early parts of the morning.” (Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’, 10:257)

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