Advice for -
Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili
by Shaykh Ibn Mashish
I [Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili] said to him,
'O my master, give me your spiritual bequest:'
So Shaykh Ibn Mashish replied:
"O Ali, God is God and men are men. Keep your tongue from the mention of them, and your heart from inclining before them, and be careful to guard the members (jawarih
) and to fulfill the divine ordinances; thus the friendship (wilaya
) of God is perfected in you. Have no remembrance of them except under obligation that duty to God imposes on you; thus your scrupulousness is perfected. Then say:
O God, relieve me from remembrance of them and spare me disturbances from them. Save me from their evils, enable me to dispense with their good through Thy good, and as a special favour assume Thou care of me among them. Verily, Thou art mighty over all things.
The book's titel is the following and it can be bought from :
The Mystical Teachings of al-Shadhili
from Ibn al-Sabbagh's Durrat al-Asrar wa Tufat al-Abarar
trnsl. by Elmer H. Douglas
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