The Cure for Heedlessness

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Taj ad-Din Abu al-Fadhl Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “You are deprived of standing at night, and fasting during the day, and in all of your limbs, yet you do not feel pain; that is only because heedlessness has killed your heart.  A living person feels the pain of a needle prick, while the deceased, even if he was slashed to shreds with swords, feels no pain.  Therefore, your heart is dead, so sit in a gathering of wisdom, because, in it, there is a fragrant breeze from Paradise, which you find on your way, in your house, and in your room.  Do not miss such a gathering, even if you are in a state of disobedience.  Do not ask about the point of attending the gathering whilst in a state of disobedience which you are unable to forsake.  Rather, the archer should shoot; and if he does not hit the target today, then he will do so tomorrow.”


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