[Hatim al asa'ad said to his shiekh]
[ notes from brother Mukhtar's seminar on Dhikr and Raqa'iq, 3/13/99 ]
1 - People do not bring to the grave that which is beloved to them.
So my beloved is hassana (rewards), which can join me in my grave.
2 - People let their nafs (self) be their leader.
I reflected upon the ayaat in the Quran: "..And for such as had restrained their lower desires, their abode will be the garden.."
So I took jihad against my nafs (self).
3 - People protect that which is dear to them.
I reflected upon the ayah: "That which is with you will end, but that which is with Allah will remain forever..'
So every time something was dear to me, I directed it to Him so that it would be protected forever.
4 - People love to relate to wealth, honor, dignity, and prestige.
I reflected upon the ayah: "And the most honored among you are those with taqwaa.."
So I sought taqwaa, so that I could be honored and dignified by Allah.
5 - People envy.
I reflected upon the ayah: "And it is We who divided among them their livlihood...'
So I sought to divorce myself from envy.
6 - People express enmity amongst each other.
I reflected upon the ayah: "Truly shaytaan is your enemy, so treat him as your enemy.."
So I have no animosity of people, and I make shaytaan my true enemy.
7 - People humble and degrade themselves for wealth.
I reflected on the ayah "And there is not one living creature that is not provided for by Allah.."
So I occupied myself with what I owe Him, and what I have with Him.
8 - People rely on themselves.
Instead, I have tawakaltu alAllah (Reliance on Allah).
Ya Allah if I do not die knowledgeable, then let me die as one seeking knowledge!