September 15, 2010

Sayings of Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir

A few sayings of Abu Saeed (Abu Sa'id ibn Ab'il Khair ) (967 - 1049 ce) quoted from his biography Asrar al-Tawhid :

  •  The veil between man and God is not the world, is not the throne of God, it is the illusion of "I", pass beyond yourself and you are there.
  • Anywhere the illusion of “I” exists is hell, anywhere “I” is absent is heaven.
  • If you are not going to sacrifice your self do not spend your time with Sufi nonsense. 
  • Sufism is fixing the gaze at One and living towards One.
  • The meaning of Sufism is to put down what is in your head and to spare what is in your hand and not to shake when calamities befall you.
  • Holding a grudge is heresy and attributing things to any cause but God is idolatry and joyfulness is duty.
Source: Wikipedia (Link)

  • “What’s in your head — throw it away! What’s in your hand — give it up! Whatever happens — don’t turn away from it.”                                                                                 
(?)  Source: nytimes (Link)

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