Monday, 28 November 2016

Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Jisty's (q.s.) Path of Renunciation

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Khwaja Mu'in ad-Din Jisty (q.s.) took to the path of renunciation and self-abnegation.  He said, “Taswawwuf is a name and not a custom.”  What it means is that by merely being conversant with taswawwuf, mere study, does not make one a Sufi.  It is the inner life that marks one out as a gnostic.  A gnostic must have an exact understanding of Divine Knowledge.  He should surrender his will to the Will of God.  He should be kind, hospitable, and courteous, devoid of any trace of haughtiness or arrogance or superiority.  He should be content, meek and gentle, reposing his utmost trust in God.  The ambition to win disciples and to win applause or fame is foolish and vain.  On the contrary, the essential ambition should be to be nearer to the Friend and to be Accepted by the Friend.

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