1. A sinner who repents is nobler than a man whose worship is followed by pride.
2. The sign of the heart enjoying a connection with Allah Ta’ala is the heart’s inability to find enjoyment in any relationship of the world.
3. Sleep with maut under your pillow and when you arise do not have much hope in life.
4. Never consider sin to be small. Regard sin as great. He who thinks slightly of sin has considered Allah to be insignificant.
5. Guard the nafs at all times.
6. Abstention from sin is of greater importance than Ibaadat.
7. A little of halaal earnings is superior to earnings which are in abundance, but haraam. Respect is in contentment and comfort in abstention.
8. A strong Sabr is to be pleased with one’s lot.
9. Courage is to acquire the knowledge of the Deen. Perfect practice is that which is accompanied by ikhlaas (sincerity).
10. It is of the acts of courage that one acquires the knowledge of the Deen; practice perfectly with sincerity, and be fully contented and adopt beautiful patience.
11. A sheep is nobler than a man who sacrifices the commands of Allah for the sake of his desire, for the call of the shepherd is heard by the sheep.
12. The association of the pious is better than acts of piety and the association of the evil is worse than acts of evil.
13. The non-existence of even a grain of vanity and falsehood in one is an aspect of Ma’rifat.
14. The look cast without the intention of gaining admonition and lesson is total neglect and a medium of disgrace. Freedom is obtained by trampling the desires of the nafs underfoot. Elimination of envy occasions the love of Allah.
15. When speaking, speak the truth whether in anger or In happiness.
16. Three persons depart with regret at the time of death. A man who spent his life accumulating wealth without having realized contentment. A man who did not obtain what he had wished for. A man who did not prepare his stock for the Hereafter.
17. Abstain from the companionship of a friend who causes you no benefit of the Aakhirah. The friendship of worldly people is like something which has beautiful colour but bad taste. Hadhrat Hasan(rahmatullah alayh) said: “Never listen to music no matter what rank you have attained.”
18. The knowledge of a man who prefers conversation with people to remembrance of Allah, is little; his heart is blind and his life is wasted.
19. The lowest degree of harm which befalls a man who befriends the world is that Allah Ta’ala eliminates the pleasure of His remembrance and supplication From his heart.
20. Shaitaan does not bother about the one who in this world is a seeker of the pleasure of the nafs because such a person has himself gone astray. What purpose then has shaitaan to search for him?
21. Hadhrat Shaikh Muhammad Waasi’ (rahmatullah alayh) was among the very greatest Auliyaa. A man requested naseehat of him. The Shaikh said: “I will give you such naseehat by means of which you may become the king of the world, and obtain peace in the Aakhirah. Adopt zuhd (abstention) in this world. Never have any greed or hope regarding any man. Regard all creation to be dependant on Allah. It is then evident that you will become independent of all. This is the meaning of becoming a king.”
22. Ruin comes to a person from six avenues.
a. Weakness of intention regarding the acts of the Aakhirah.
b. Obedience to the commands of shaitaan and striving in that direction.
c. Inspite of nearness of death, to entertain distant hopes and plans.
d. To adopt the pleasure of people in preference to the Pleasure of Allah.
e. To abstain from the Sunnah of Rasulullah ~ because of obedience to the desires of the nafs.
f. To cite the errors of previous Auliyaa as proof for one’s acts and to bury their excellences.
23. The sign of love for Allah Ta’ala is that one follows the character, acts, laws and ways of the beloved of Allah (i.e. of Rasulullah
24. These ten attitudes will prove greatly beneficial in this world and the Aakhirah:
Truth with sincerity; justice with creation; wrath with the nafs; service to the saints; love and mercy upon little ones; generosity with the dervishes; advice and admonition to friends; patience with enemies; silence with ignoramuses and humility with the Ulama.
25. Stay among people, but remain aloof. Your body should be among creation, but your heart with the Creator. This will ensure that negligence does not overtake you. Beware of such negligence lest you conform with people in a way which entails opposition to Allah and His displeasure.
26. The sign of proximity and love of Allah Ta’ala is shunning all things which impede the love of Allah;
27. There are two kinds of Taubah: Taubah-e-Inaabat and Taubah-e-Istijaabat. Taubah-e-Inaabat is to repent of sins because of the fear of Allah’s punishment. Taubah-e-Istijaabat is to resort to Taubah because of shame for Allah Ta’ala. One’s ibaadat is absolutely insignificant in the presence of His Majesty and Splendour.
28. Every part of the body has its taubah. The taubah of the heart is its intention to abstain from haraam. The taubah of the eye is not to glance at things forbidden. The taubah of the ear is not to listen to evil and nonsensical talk. The taubah of the hands is not to raise them toward that which has been forbidden. The taubah of the stomach is to refrain from consuming haraam. The taubah of one’s modesty is to abstain from acts of immorality and fornication.
29. A contemptible person is one who inspite of being ignorant of the Path of Allah does nor enquire about it.
30. People said to Hadhrat Baayazid Bustaami (rahmatullah alayh):
“You are a performer of many miracles. You walk on the surface of water.”
He replied: “This is no miracle. Twigs also float on water.”
People said: “But you fly in the air.”
He replied: “This too is no miracle, for tiny insects too fly in the air.”
People said: “It is indeed a great miracle that within a single night you travel to Makkah Muazzamah.”
He replied: “This too is nothing. Sorcerers journey in a single night from Hindustan to Mount Diyaanand.”
People said: “What then is a miracle?”
He replied: “A miracle is engrossment of the heart with none besides Allah.”
31. Your relationship with your Shaikh should be like the relationship of Hadhrat Siddique Akbar Radiallahu Anhu with Rasulullah (saws). He never contradicted Rasulullah (saws) in either the Deen or the dunyaa. One should have a Shaikh fitting the description given by Hadhrat Junaid (rahmatullah alayh), the Qur’aan-e-Kareem, in his right hand, the Sunnah of Rasulullah (saws) in his left hand and he (the Shaikh) should walk in the light of these two lamps so that one does nor fall in the pits of doubt nor in the darkness of bid’ah.
32. When man considers his nafs to be despicable and contemptible, it is the sign of Allah loving and honouring him. And, when he considers his nafs to be honourable and when his defects remain hidden from him, it is the sign of Allah’s detestation for him.