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:: Candle Post #12 :: Inward Versus Outward Sins ::

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

In the following dialog, Ahmed bin Asim has given excellent answers to the questions on the topic of sincere repentance put to him by one of his disciples1:

Question Answer
How may I seek to draw near to God? By leaving the inward sins.
Why inward and not outward? Because if you avoid inward sins, the outward sins will be void.
What is the most harmful sin? The most harmful sin is the sin which you know to be a sin. And more harmful than this is to suppose that it is a virtuous act, while at all the time it is a sin.
What sin is most profitable to me? The sin which you keep before your eyes, weeping over it constantly until you depart from this world, so that you will have never committed the like again. This is sincere repentance.
What grace of Allah is most profitable to me? When He protects you from disobeying Him and assists you to obey him.

The word 'Nasir' means 'one who helps'. In our Dua, we say the following ayat: 'Thee alone we worship, and Thee alone we seek for help'. Based on this teaching of Allah, a practical solution is to recite the tasbi 'Ya Nasir'. Alternatively, in our Tariqah, we can also invoke help by saying 'Ya Ali Madad'. The concept of getting spiritual (ruhani) and luminous (noorani) help is an integral part of any faith.

End Notes

  1. Arberry, A. J., Chapter 4. The Ascetics. In: Sufism: An account of the mystics of Islam, pp. 43-44. Mandala Books, London, 1979.

Related Link: Ya Qadir, Ya Nasir, Ya Tauba, Ya Salaam tasbi (text, mp3 and streaming audio files)

Ardent Supplications:

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.

Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)

Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Noorallah Juma (noor-allah@salmanspiritual.com)
SalmanSpiritual.com
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

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