Delight in Obedience
Bismillāh ar-Rahmān ar-Rahīm
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
The Messenger of God SAW said, “He who is pleased by his good deeds and displeased by his evil ones is a believer.” O believer, when God grants you the good fortune of acting in His obedience, let your joy be great; thank God in abundance for honoring you with His service and choosing you to attend to Him; and ask Him to accept, by His grace, whatever He has made easy for you in the way of virtuous behavior. Sayyidina Ali, may God honor his countenance, said, “Be more anxious for your works to be accepted than for them to be done, for no accepted deed is small.”
Always acknowledge your shortcomings in fulfilling your duties to your Lord, even when you are most determined and energetic in His obedience, for His rights upon you are immense: He created you from nothing; His favors overflow upon you; He treats you with His grace and generosity; you obey Him by His power and His ability; and you worship Him by His help and mercy.
Beware of soiling the robe of your faith and blackening the countenance of your heart by committing that which your Lord has forbidden you. Should you fall into sin, even if it is infrequent, hasten to repent, return to obedience, feel remorse, and ask forgiveness in abundance. Remain fearful and apprehensive, for the believer remains fearful and apprehensive to the extreme even when he is sincere in his obedience and service. You already know how the prophets behaved, even though they were inerrant, and the saints, even though they were guarded. They were fearful and wary, though their works were good and their sins rare or non-existent. You are more worthy of this [fear and anxiety] than they, for they were better acquainted than you with the immensity of God’s mercy, better thinking than you of God, more truthful than you in hoping for His pardon, and more hopeful than you in His generosity and grace. Follow in their footsteps and you will be safe and secure. Follow their path and you will attain to success and many profits. Seek protection in God, for he who seeks protection in God has been guided to a straight path.
Imam Abdallah ibn Alawi al-Haddad
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