For a greater matter

بسم الله الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Said in the Magnificent Qur’an:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Those who believed, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah: verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest .”  [Ar-Ra’d, 28]

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Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani:

وكان أبو مسلم الخولاني كثير اللهج بالذكر لا بفتر لسانه فقال رجل لجلسائه : أمجنون صاحبكم ؟ وقال : أبو مسلم : يا ابن أخي ! لكن هذا دواء الجنون

Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani would frequently perform dhikr and his tongue would always move in the remembrance (of Allaah) and so a man inquired (from his companion): “Is your friend mad?” Abu Muslim replied, “O son of my brother, rather this (dhikr) is the cure for madness!”

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Yahya bin Mu’adh:

وكان يحيى بن معاذ كثير العزلة والانفراد فعاتبه أخوه فقال له : إن كنت من الناس فلا بد لك من الناس ، فقال : يحيى : إن كنت من الناس فلا بد لك من الله .
وقيل له : إذا هجرت الخلق مع من تعيش ؟ قال : مع من هجرتُهم له

Yahya bin Mu’adh would frequently seclude and isolate himself. When his brother censured him for this by saying, “If you are a person, you need the company of people”, Yahya replied, “If you are a person, you are in need of Allaah.”

He was once asked: “You have migrated from the creation with whom do you live?” He replied, “With the migration to Him (Allaah).”

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Awtab ibn Ghazwan:

وعوتب ابن غزوان على خلوته فقال : إني أصبت راحة قلبي في مجالسة من لديه حاجتي
ولغربتهم من الناس ربما نُسب بعضهم إلى الجنون لبعد حاله من أحوال الناس كما كان أويس يُقال ذلك عنه

Ghazwan was once censured for his seclusion to which he said, “I attain relief in my heart by sitting with the One who meets my needs.” Because they are regarded to be strange, it is possible that some of them be accused of insanity just as Owais was accused.

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Al-Hasan (al-Basri) said while describing them:

إذا نظر إليهم الجاهل حسبهم مرضى وما بالقوم من مرض . ويقول : قد خولطوا وقد خالط القوم أمر عظيم ، هيهات ، والله مشغول عن دنياكم

“When the ignoramus looks at them, he thinks them ill, yet far are they from illness! He would say they have lost their minds, indeed they have lost their minds to a greater matter, far loftier than their accusations, by Allaah (they are busied with it) as you are busy with your (insignificant) world!”

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Ibraheem ibn Adham:

هجرت الخلق طرًّا في هواكا
وأيتمــت العيــال لكــي أراكـا
فلـو قطعتنـي فـي الحب إربا
لمـا حـن الفـؤاد إلـى سـوكا

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It is in this regard that the poet said:

وحرمة الود ما لي عنكم عوض * وليس لي في سواكم سادتي غرض
وقد شرطت على قوم صبحتهم * بأن قلبي لكم من دونهم فرضوا
ومن حديثي بهم قالوا به مرض * فقلت لا زال عني ذلك المرض

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May Allaah make us from amongst the dhaakireen.

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