true servants

From by Sh. Faraz, we have this powerful quote related to us by Imam Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (ra):

“The description of true servants of Allah is that poverty is their honour;
obedience of Allah, their sweetness;
love of Allah, their joy;
to Allah,their need;
piety their provision;
with Allah, their dealing;
upon Him, their trust;
in Him, their intimacy;
upon Him, their reliance;
hunger, their food;
renunciation, their fruit;
good character, their dress;
cheerful disposition, their jewelry;
generosity of spirit, their trade;
good relations, their company;
knowledge, their leader;
patience, their driver;
guidance, their ride;
the Qur’an, their speech;
thankfulness, their adornment;
remembrance, their concern;
contentment, their rest;
sufficiency, their wealth;
worship, their earnings;
the devil, their enemy;
worldliness, their dumps;
modesty, their shirt;
fear, their habit;
the day, their lesson;
the night, their reflection;
wisdom, their sword;
truth, their guard;
this life, their journey;
death, their destination;
the grave, their shelter;
Firdous, their residence;
beholding the Lord of the Worlds, their longing.

These are the elect servants of Allah, of whom Allah Most High has said, “The servants of the All-Merciful are those who tread lightly on earth.”” [Bayhaqi, al-Zuhd al-Kabir, 2.264]

Now that’s a long list!  When I read about early muslims and great believers in our past, I get intimidated.  How can I be the one to follow in their footsteps? 

But then, every great journey begins with a single step.  Why not take your first (or 3rd or 100th) step from this list?  Pick one of these attributes of a true servant and make it your own.  inshaAllah once you’ve taken that step, take another, and another, til you are running towards Allah (swt).

After all, this dunya is nothing but a journey, and our destination is Allah (swt).  He (swt) tells us in a hadith Qudsi:

“Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you.” 


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