Principles of Sufism

The Shaykh Ash-Sha’rani may Allah be pleased with him said, “From the affair of the seeker is that he should be totally devoted to the remembrance of Allah in all his time. He does not answer to anyone who turns him from it (DIvine Remembrance) to other than it except if it is something required by the Sacred Law. This is so because the spiritual path does not accept any form of association (shirkah) along with it. 

Each person who does not give his all to the path, will not receive even a part of it. The seeker has to attach himself to the remembrance of Allah  until he achieves continous presence with Allah. At this point witnessing with the heart has sufficed him from remembrance with the tongue. As long as he has not achieved continuous presence, he is commanded to remembrance with the tongue. 

The Noble Lineage of the Prophet ﷺ

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

This is my attempt to fit this poem on the Prophet’s lineage into one of the arabic poetic meter called rajaz. May it help the memorisation of the blessed lineage.​

The translation of the text below,

It has been dictated to me by my Grandfather, (may Allah shower mercy on him) this poem attributed to Shaykh Muhammad Bin Muhammad Bin ‘Abd Ar-Rahmān Ad-Dīsī (rahimahullah) (1854-1921).

And it is incumbent upon every legally obligated                To know the noble lineage

Muhammad the Chosen from the best of Arabs                   His father ‘Abdullah, Abdul Muthalib

And Hāshim, Abdu Manaf and Qusayy                                     Likewise Kilab, Murrah, Ka’ab, Luayy

And Ghālib, Fihr and Mālik, An-Nadhar                                  Kinanah, Khuzaimah, be a possessor of sight (O dear reader!)

Mudrikah, Ilyās, Mudhor and Nizār                                           Ma’ad, and ‘Adnān the one by whom is the glory

And there is no news above ‘Adnan                                           Which is relied upon from the historians/genealogists

Recipe for Success

Shaykh ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Ad-Dabbagh r.a. mentioned that ‘amal can be classifed into two types. First is personal amal like solat, dhikr, done for the sake of Allah. Second is amal which benefits others like charity. 
The first type has effects in this world like increasing your faith, knowledge of Allah, and removing doubts. All of these benefits and strengthens the soul. Its benefit in the akhirah is increase in vision of Allah Exalted is He.
The second type has effects in this world such as increase in sustenance and warding off calamities. Thus it has a bodily benefit. The effects in akhirah consists of food, partners & beautiful sights in paradise etc.
The first is likened to honey which gives strength and healing but not mass. The second is likened to butter which gives mass. This is part of the interpretation of the dream which Abu Bakar As-Siddiq r.a. tried to explain.