The Best Dress of the Gnostic

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As recorded in Imam Abu al-Qasim ‘Abd al-Karim ibn Huzan al-Qushayri’s (r.a.) Risalah al-Qushayriyyah, Shaykh Abu as-Sari Manswur ibn ‘Ammar (q.s.) said, “The best dress of the servants is humility and contrition, while the best dress of the gnostics is righteousness, for Allah (s.w.t.) Says, ‘The dress of righteousness, that is the best.’”

سُوۡرَةُ الاٴعرَاف
يَـٰبَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ قَدۡ أَنزَلۡنَا عَلَيۡكُمۡ لِبَاسً۬ا يُوَٲرِى سَوۡءَٲتِكُمۡ وَرِيشً۬ا‌ۖ وَلِبَاسُ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ ذَٲلِكَ خَيۡرٌ۬‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَذَّكَّرُونَ (٢٦)

O ye children of Adam!  We have Bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you, but the raiment of righteousness, ― that is the best.  Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition! (Surah ar-A’araf:26)


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