Work O dear brother in cleansing the mirror of your heart in order to become aware of the moment in which supplications are accepted (on Friday) and no one who asks is rejected by the vastness of the Divine Generosity. Do not seek knowledge of it without polishing for that will never happen. How many of the Divine Whiffs of gifts in the day and night have passed while people are heedless of them..
Our Shaykh have informed me from Shaykh Ahmad ibn Al-Muadhin from the aspect of the strong aspiration of Abi Abdillah is that he would sit in muraqabah (vigilant watchfulness) of Allah Exalted is He that for forty years he did not place his side on the ground. The awliya of his age said, “This one has not left a single drop of Divine Succour that has descended from the heavens in day or night except that he has a portion of it.”
Muhammadan Covenants, Ash-Sha’rānī
My master Ali Al-Khawwas rahimahuLlahu ta’ala when he hears the caller to prayer says, “Hayya ‘alas-Solah” he would tremble to the extent that he would almost dissolve in awe of ALlah Exalted is He. He would repeat- in answer -the call to prayer with a present heart and complete humility. (May Allah be pleased with him)
How is our state when we hear the call to prayer?
A general covenant has been taken from us by Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) that if we do not put to practice our knowledge, we should teach it to one who would practice it among the muslims even though this may not cover up our shortcomings completely. For indeed there are amongst people, thoose who are given knowledge but not practice, those who are given both knowledge and practice and those who are given neither amongst the common folk.
I heard our Master ‘Ali Al-Khawwas rahimahuLlahu ta’ala said, “It is incumbent upon each person who does not put to practice his knowledge to teach it to people and to one who there is hope in him practicing it.
I also heard him say, there is no learned person except that he practices his knowledge in one of many ways as long as his intellect is sound. That is if he does the commandments of the shari’ah and stays away from the prohibitions, he has indeed practiced his knowledge if Allah grants him sincerity in it. If he does not do this then he knows by knowledge that he has gone against the commands of Allah which he regrets and repents (this regret and repentance) is itself from practicing one’s knowledge.
If not for knowledge he would not have been guided to the fact that abandoning acting upon knowledge is a form of disobedience. As such, knowledge is of benefit in all situations and the punishment of one who does not practice his knowledge is considered to refer to those who do not repent from his sins.
In summary, not falling into sin is not a condition for one to be a person who practices his knowledge even though this is that which might immediately occur to the mind…. The only condition is the absence of his persistence in sin or the absence of his persisntence in the persistence.
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