Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A ship never sails upon dry land

Yahyaa Ibn Muaadh said: "
In my view, the worst kind of self-delusion is to greatly sin, yet hope for forgiveness without feeling any regret; and to hope to draw close to Allah - the Most High - without obedience to Him; and to await the fruits of Paradise, by planting the seeds for Hell-Fire; and to seek the abode of the obedient ones, by doing acts of disobedience; and to expect a reward, without doing any worthy action; and to hope in Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - after overstepping the bounds." "You hope for salvation but do not tread its path. A ship never sails upon dry land."

[Related by Ibn Hibbaan in Rawdatul-'Uqalaa (p.284), from the poetry of Abul-'Atiyyah]

1 comment:

  1. How true, this is the delusion of the nafs, and leads only to the sins of the ego, pride, prejudice, greed, envy, hatred and malice. May Allah forgive us all.

    Ya Haqq!