Sunday, June 07, 2009


Dowra Sharings: 7 - Caprice, Lower Self, Desire - Part 1

And the angels receive them saying: “this is the day of Grace for you…”

Let so and so, the son of so and so stand to be presented to Allah.
With all his intentions and everything his heart encompassed,
And with his eyes and all they gazed,
And with his hands and all they reached,
And with his feet and all they stood,
And with all his circumstances, the inward and the outward affairs –
Let them come to stand before Allah.

Inspect or search for the intention of your inner being out of care and concern because that’s the only soul you have, lest it be destroyed.
You only have one soul.

Tuesday 1st July 2008 4.34pm

And the angels give them glad-tidings, and the first is the angel who takes the soul, then the one in the grave.

Suspect oh my brother, yourself.
Suspect it most.
The worst veil between God and man is his lower self.

Someone drank a goblet of caprice and it made him forget his intellect:
he gave the lower self a status it didn’t deserve.

The days the hearts were attached to the Lord were good.

2nd July 2008

If you saw the tears that fell when he prostrated you’d see the effects of God.

3rd July 2008 4pm

Purify yourself.
Purify the lower self from defilement.

4th July 2008 4pm

Some of you are trials for others.
Most of the trials for a servant is from people.

In the night when everyone would be alone with his beloved, the Prophet would stand for tahajud.

Pay attention to yourself.

Allah knows the trick of the eye.

Try to ponder over your act because of the desire of prestige and people.
Good deeds can be ruined with diseases of the heart.

5th July 2008

Desire is worse than seventy devils.

Be weary of the lower self.
When one looks for excuses for himself, this is deception from the lower self, and will keep you in a hole.
Get out of the hole.
The caprice of the lower self sees the mistakes of others and magnifies them.

You take it (lower self) to account for 2 minutes and then leave it for 5 weeks – what’s this?

Avoid people who can’t benefit you and you can’t benefit them.

6th July 2008

If you persisted in directing yourself, the light would manifest in you.
He (God) would expand the horizons for you through this light.

You untied the knot of caution and became laxed.
Tighten the knot of caution – do not be negligent.

The humble sinner is closer to God than the arrogant worshipper.

The difficulty of obedience is greater than the difficulty of sin.

Rivers of harshness spring forth in your heart – you have no compassion or mercy.
And you want others to magnify mercy to you.
Why are you like this?

7th July 2008 4.15pm

In your struggle and your patience, what footsteps have you taken for your struggle.

Ego loves dignity and love of position.
The love of leadership is dangerous.

9th July 2008 4.10pm

The Prophet said:
Don’t be like so and so who used to stand in the middle of night then left it.

Following desire and caprice will destroy your life: this world and the hereafter.

In every single prayer, things have affected me in thinking of other than Him; being heedless.
How many years and not even one prayer was perfect for You?

Inspect yourself...
Inspect yourself at time of motivation and aspiration.

When people speak ill of you, do you get offended?

Do you love for your friend and enemy the same?
This is sincere good will.
If you want less for your friend and even less for the enemy – is this good will?

When you look at someone’s sin, look at your own sin and hate yourself for it.
In the interest of the soul.
It’s slaughtering of the lower self.

12th July 2008 4.10pm

It’s prohibited for you to see yourself above others.
You have no permission from the Keeper of the souls.

13th July 2008 4.14pm

The lower self deceives the individual to speak about deeds, even if you did them 10 years ago!

14th July 2008 4.10pm

Have the highest of intentions and have many of them.

Caprice and lower self uproot the fruit of the good deed.

You do the deed, the caprice and lower self benefit because you are following them.
You think it’s the sweetness of the deed – but it’s not.

The lower self finds anything sweet – even worship.
Be weary of that at the beginning of your deeds.
Inspect your intentions.
Be mindful of finding an honest desire.
What will God say?
Forget about everyone else.
Straighten your attention to Him.
Correct our intentions our Lord.

And the Shaykh said:
Every candle I lit for other than God, blow it out.

My heart desires a meeting in the Valley of Purity with the elect people of God-fearingness.
How excellent such a meeting is?

15th July 2008 4.15pm

The inspiration for this entry came from a chat about gardening last week whilst I went to mentor the two teens at a local school. My link at the school asked how I was progressing with greenstuff and I replied I wasn’t really sure what to call a weed and mentioned how mum would pull this one weed out which I actually liked. She told me that it’s an actual weed which will strangle the plants if it isn’t pulled out…

These photographs illustrate what she meant.

I pulled it out earlier yesterday.
Indeed the gardening of the soul is not an easy affair.

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Assalamu alaikum,
Stirring reminders from the blessed Habaib, may Allah Ta'ala continue to sanctify their souls, and may He give us the courage to weed the garden of the heart, Insha'Allah.
Wassalamu alaikum
Walaikumslam :-)


It was actually a text by the great Imam Harith al Muhasabi on Adhab al Nafus :-)

Salam xxxx
Salaams Sister,

Aameen to your dua.

Alhamdulillah, I'm left a little speechless after that heartfelt advice.
I pray Allah SWA grants us all the hidayah to purify our souls with good intentions and good actions IA.
This post was a needed reminder.

Jazakallah khair for sharing all your posts and may Allah SWA reward you for your efforts.

Umm Aisha
Walaikumslam Oh Wanderer!

Where have you been?
Not seen you much in a while ;-)


Am glad you benefitted.. I really needed to do it for me.

There will be a Part 2 in days to come.

x x x x
...Hmmm, it sounds nice, but is that ALL the information you gathered from a 6 day course ??
....I think we really need to pay attention to what's being said and heedlessness (and how lond will it last before you start to forget again ??)

May God save us.

Ahad banu Abeena
I think you are a man - your comment is quite 'butch' ;-)

You need to read:

On Sharing

It wasn't a 6-Day course - a 6 WEEK one! You shouldn't make assumptions. Besides, I believe in quality over quantity.

Kind regards
...Allah Al Musta'AaN. AlaiHe NatawaKkaLu Wa IlaiHe NuNeeb ..!!

Ahad BaNee AbeeNaa
The lessons are available at Habib's website.
Thank you.
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