Pearl of Wisdom

in ljilyat al-Awliya', Ali b. al-.Husayn heard a cry from his house when a group of people was sitting with him. He stood up, went into his house and then returned to his meeting. Someone asked, 'Was the cry due to an accident?' He said, 'Yes.' They extended their condolences and were amazed at his patience. He then said, 'We, the Ahl al-Bayt obey Allah in that which we love, and praise Him in that which we dislike.'

Abu Na'Im
Hilyat al-Awliya, v. 3, p. 138

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Contentment is when a person is content with what he loves and what he hates; it is a ray of the light of gnosis. He who is content is annihilated to all his choices; he is really the one with whom Allah is content. Contentment is a name which contains the meanings of servitude, and maybe described as the joy of the heart.

I heard my father, Muhammad al-Baqir, say, 'To attach the heart to what is present is association (shirk), and to what is not there is disbelief (kufr): these are the wings of heedlessness.' I am amazed at anyone who claims to be a slave to Allah and then contends with Him over His decrees. Content gnostics ('arifin) are far from being like that.'

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