A Sufi Master’s Advice on Fasting

1. Masters of Truth and Sincerity have said, “Bodily strength depends on food and drink, whereas spiritual strength depends on going hungry and thirsty. In God’s domain, hunger is a divine food.” It has been related that one of the qualities of the Almighty is this, ‘wa Huwa yutAAimu wa la yutAAamu’, “He feed others but is not Himself fed.” (Quran 6:14) If a servant becomes distinguished in this practice, then according to the consensus of the wise, he progresses on the carpet of proximity to God. He becomes far removed from the human conditioning. When somebody fasts in accordance with the order, “Make your actions like those of God,” then he too, is able to feed others. In this manner,...

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When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’

Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is? Most people haven’t heard of him. But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo. His name is King Leopold II of Belgium. He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his “business...

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Appearance of the Dajjal

First of all, we will quote the reports which mention the liars and “dajjals” who will precede the coming off the Dajjal, or Antichrist, who will be the last of them; may Allah curse them and punish them with Hell-fire. Jabir ibn Samurah said, “I heard the Prophet say, ‘Just before the Hour there will be many liars.’” Jabir said, “Be on your guard against them.” (Muslim). Jabir said, “I heard the Prophet say, ‘Just before the Hour there will be many liars; among them is the one in al-Yamamah, the ‘Ansi in San’a', the one in Himyar, and the Dajjal. This will be the greatest fitnah.”’ (Ahmad.) Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, “The Hour will not come …...

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On Virtue of the Prayer on the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him

“Allah and His angels call down blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Call down blessings on him and ask for complete peace and safety for him.” (Quran 33:56) Al-Khalifa al-Akbar Sidi Ali Harazem Berrada (d. 1212/1797) says in his Epistle of Bounty and Gratitude to all the Tijani Companions and Confidants, Sidi Abdellwahhab Shaarani (d. 905/1490) may Allah be pleased with him said in Kitab al-’uhud al-Mohammediya (The Mohammedian pacts), “The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) has taken from us a pact that we are to increase the number of Prayers (Salawat) upon him on a daily and nightly basis and that we are to inform our brothers about the rewards expected from such worship, likewise...

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