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The Traces of Revelation in Honey

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris al-Fasi (q.s.) said that eating honey cures the spiritual diseases if it is eaten with that particular intention. It gives one gnosis and lights by the traces of Revelation in it since Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
سُوۡرَةُ النّحل وَأَوۡحَىٰ رَبُّكَ إِلَى ٱلنَّحۡلِ أَنِ ٱتَّخِذِى مِنَ ٱلۡجِبَالِ بُيُوتً۬ا وَمِنَ ٱلشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعۡرِشُونَ (٦٨) ثُمَّ كُلِى مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٲتِ فَٱسۡلُكِى سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلاً۬‌ۚ يَخۡرُجُ مِنۢ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ۬ مُّخۡتَلِفٌ أَلۡوَٲنُهُ ۥ فِيهِ شِفَآءٌ۬ لِّلنَّاسِ‌ۗ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَأَيَةً۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ (٦٩)
And your Lord Taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men’s) habitations; then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. (Surah an-Nahl:68-69)
Shaykh Ahmad ibn I…

Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) & The Call of the Hajj

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In his book of tafsir, “From the Gardens of Tafsir”, Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) spoke of this ayat:

The first House (of worship) Appointed for men was that at Bakkah: full of Blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings: In it are signs manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah ― those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith; Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures. (Surah Ali ‘Imran:96-97)
All prophets and Messengers have performed hajj except for four: Hud (a.s.), Swalih (a.s.), Luth (a.s.), and Idris (a.s.).  All other prophets and Messengers have performed hajj of this house.  If it was a simple house to which the prophets and swalihin repeatedly came to from the beginning of time until our time, then that would have been sufficient for establishing its barakah; it is even more so established given the fact that it is the House of Alla…

Iqazh al-Himam, a Commentary of al-Hikam, Chapter One

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from the first chapter of Iqazh al-Himam, a commentary on al-Hikam of Shaykh ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.), by Imam Ahmad ibn ‘Ajibah (q.s.).
Shaykh ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “A feeling of discouragement when you slip up is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds.  Reliance on a thing means to lean on it and to put one’s trust in it.  Deeds are the actions of either the heart or the body.  If an action is in harmony with the shari’ah, it is called obedience.  If it is contrary to the shari’ah, it is called disobedience.”
The people of this science divide actions into three categories: actions of the shari’ah, actions of the thariqa’, and actions of haqiqah.  This can be rephrased as actions of islam, actions of iman and actions of ihsan; or actions of worship, actions of servanthood and actions of pure servanthood, which is freedom.  Or it can be referred to as the actions of the people of the beginni…