Wednesday, 10 September 2014
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Do any of the instructors have any tips or advice for dealing with a lack of energy before an evening practice, such as when you've been at work all day?

Thank you
7 years ago
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#7741
Accepted Answer
Willpower (iradah), for we find the following textually stated in Al-Risalah Al-Qushayiryah: Principles of Sufism:
God Almighty and Glorious said, "Do not drive away those who call upon their Lord in the morning and evening, wishing for His face" (6:52).

Ali bin Ahmad bin Abdan related... through Anas that the Prophet said, "When God Most High wishes good to a servant, He makes use of him." He was asked, "How does He make use of him, O Messenger of God?" He replied, "By making him successful in a righteous work before death."

Iradah, the will to find God, is the beginning of the path of spiritual travelers, the first title given to those who are determined to reach God Most High. This attribute is only called iradah because will is the preface to every undertaking. What the servant does not will, he does not carry out. Since this is the start of the enterprise of one who travels the path of God Almighty and Glorious, it is called 'will' by analogy to the resolution involved at the beginning of everything else.

[...] Through the whole night and day the aspirant does not slacken his endeavors. Outwardly he has the characteristics of struggle (mujahadah, jihad, war against his defects), inwardly the attributes of endurance. He has separated himself from his bed and bound himself to concentration. He bears difficulties and defies pains. He treats the ills of his character and applies himself to problems (in meditation). He embraces terrors and leaves outward appearances. As it is said:

Then I passed the night in a desert,
Fearing neither wolf nor lion (of the Law, of Karma or Katancia).
Overcome by desire (longing in the soul), I travel the night quickly.
The one who desires (God) continues overwhelmed.
Perform transmutation before you practice before sleep, since this will empower your consciousness with willpower and strength.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

7 years ago
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#7741
Accepted Answer
Willpower (iradah), for we find the following textually stated in Al-Risalah Al-Qushayiryah: Principles of Sufism:
God Almighty and Glorious said, "Do not drive away those who call upon their Lord in the morning and evening, wishing for His face" (6:52).

Ali bin Ahmad bin Abdan related... through Anas that the Prophet said, "When God Most High wishes good to a servant, He makes use of him." He was asked, "How does He make use of him, O Messenger of God?" He replied, "By making him successful in a righteous work before death."

Iradah, the will to find God, is the beginning of the path of spiritual travelers, the first title given to those who are determined to reach God Most High. This attribute is only called iradah because will is the preface to every undertaking. What the servant does not will, he does not carry out. Since this is the start of the enterprise of one who travels the path of God Almighty and Glorious, it is called 'will' by analogy to the resolution involved at the beginning of everything else.

[...] Through the whole night and day the aspirant does not slacken his endeavors. Outwardly he has the characteristics of struggle (mujahadah, jihad, war against his defects), inwardly the attributes of endurance. He has separated himself from his bed and bound himself to concentration. He bears difficulties and defies pains. He treats the ills of his character and applies himself to problems (in meditation). He embraces terrors and leaves outward appearances. As it is said:

Then I passed the night in a desert,
Fearing neither wolf nor lion (of the Law, of Karma or Katancia).
Overcome by desire (longing in the soul), I travel the night quickly.
The one who desires (God) continues overwhelmed.
Perform transmutation before you practice before sleep, since this will empower your consciousness with willpower and strength.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

7 years ago
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#7758
Thank you Almustafa, very inspiring :)
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