Submission Before the Will of Allah

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“If you are destined for good fortune you will be blessed; if afflictions have been ordained, no matter where you hide they will seek you out.  Submit therefore before the will of Allah; be grateful in well-being and endure adversity with fortitude, that His light may radiate within your being.”

-Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A)

Ya Haqq!

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16 Responses to Submission Before the Will of Allah

  1. Barbara Simpson-L. says:

    Salaams dearest Irving,

    After distructing, there can only be rebirth…like all those forest fires we have in theCalifornia hills. Very nice…and we must be mindful where we go. Here is a little Rumi:

    There is a community of the spirit.
    Join it and feel the delight
    of walking in the noise street
    and being the noise.
    Drink all your passion,
    and be a disgrace.
    Close both eyes
    …to see with the other eye.

    smiles…

  2. Dipti says:

    dear brother .. so true… a wonderful reminder…

  3. Katib says:

    Assalamu Alaikum Br darvish

    Thank you.

    Katib

  4. Achelois says:

    Salaam brother,

    Maybe you could explain it to me – this really perplexes me – if we are nothing in front of the will of Allah then why ‘free will’? How do we make our own destiny then? If it is the will of Allah that we commit crime then why are we punished?

    I never understand it. How do you see it in sufism?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Suroor

  5. Shahrzad says:

    Very beautiful. Abdur Qadir Jilani is great teacher really.. :)

  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters and Brothers:

    Thank you all for the kind comment :) And thank you dearest Sister Barbara for the lovely poem :)

    Dearest Sister Achelois, all human beings are born with free will, and you can certainly make your own destiny, that is to say, your own life based on your own choices. But there are those whose heart leads them to seek more than just the confluence of daily living; they seek to understand life, and are let to a spiritual path. Perhaps that is what is truly meant by destiny. Shaykh Jilani is a Sufi Master, and on the Sufi path it is said that when you begin the path, if you believe in the determinism of destiny, you are an unbeliever. And when you complete the path, if you still believe you have any free will, you are also an unbeliever.

    This is because as you slowly traverse the path of Love, little by little your nafs are conquered, those emotions that veil you from God; hatred, envy, pride, jealousy, all that the human ego calls its Self, its “free will.” Finally, upon completing the path (may Allah bless us and guide us rightly) little by little, as you submit to God’s will in all things, this submission in both good fortune and bad which is all part of the test of the human condition, God’s will takes over the traveler’s will, and Allah becomes the eyes through which he sees, the hand through which he gives, the mouth through which he speaks.

    This is the goal of the Sufi, and it can only be accomplished through love for all of creation, expressed through service to others. Few attempt it, and even fewer finish, for only with God’s help can it be done, and He aids whom He wills.

    As Hafez says:

    Although Union with the Beloved
    Is never given as a reward for one’s efforts,
    Strive, O heart, as much as you are able.

    Forgive me if I have not adequately answered your question. I am an unworthy darvish still struggling to complete the first step on the path of Love. And may Allah have mercy on us all. Ameen.

    Ya Haqq!

  7. Amina says:

    very true, only way to leave everything to God and hope no matter what…from every situation there’s always way out, and every ending carries new beginning…oh I am such a sufi :p

  8. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum Dear Irving Darvish, JazakumuLlahu khairan for the jolt! And for your gentle explanation, Masha’Allah.
    Sahl bin Abdullah said, “The first station of trust is when the servant in the hands of God Almighty and Glorious be like a corpse in the hands of the washer who turns him however he wishes, while he has neither motion nor self-will.” While al-Wasiti said, “The first stage for the spiritual aspirant is to wish for the Truth by abandoning his own will.”
    May our journey be in the LIGHT of HU, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  9. Maithri says:

    Dear Brother,

    I am astounded, humbled and moved by the eloquence of your response to this thoughtful question.

    You are a visible sign of invisible grace in this world.

    May the Blessings of Love be around you and your beloveds always,

    Maithri

  10. seeker94 says:

    Beautiful. Thank-you. Jazakallah.

  11. Achelois says:

    Thank you dear brother for the wonderful explanation. I had never understood it and you have explained it so beautifully and easily. Jazak Allah khair! Thank you.

  12. ned says:

    Brother Irving, can you tell me what book this quote is taken from? These days I am really thirsting for more knowledge on Sufism…

    And secondly, amazing post, and an even more amazing comment explaining the free will and determinism paradox.

    The thing is, we are stuck in a sort of compatibilism, where we do have a certain degree of free will, but beyond that limited freedom we are in the most pitiful state, vulnerable to unseen suggestions and a plaything of unseen forces, barely aware of what’s going on. One can only be truly free when one is fully surrendered to the Divine (this is the paradox that only the heart can understand and not the intellect); it is why Tagore said that in Love one is both most bound and most free … I am reminded also of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s saying here:

    ‘There are two forces, kaza and kadr. Kaza is the force that is all-powerful, and kadr is the force of an individual will power. An individual goes on running his hoop as far as his power allows him to, but there comes a wagon that blocks the road, and the hoop cannot go further. It is that wagon that is kaza, the all-powerful, which comes into conflict with the individual power. This idea is so well expressed in the saying, “Man proposes but God disposes.”’

  13. ned says:

    What is really determined is the Divine Victory. *That* is predecided, and has in fact already happened. It is just manifesting now through a multiplicity of forms and through millions of different paths — here there is room for creativity and originality and diversity, and indeed the Divine delights in all these things.

    Through surrender we are giving up our need for personal success and pleasure, and learning to participate in this larger Victory which is ever-present, eternal, universal, and certain. It’s a win-win situation, that’s the beauty of it — through this process we are *all* winners participating in this great cosmic game that’s being played out. Ya Haqq! Or the equivalent Vedantic phrase: Satyameva Jayate — the Truth alone triumphs!

  14. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the enlightening comments :) Ned, my dearest Sister, I read the quote as it is, and do not know which of his books it is from. However, to quench your thirst, here is a complete list of his books you can read online :)

    http://www.al-baz.com/shaikhabdalqadir/Books_and_Text_of_Wisdom/books_and_text_of_wisdom.html

    Ya Haqq!

  15. Muhammad Siddique Asif says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    This is the first time when i visit this site. I have very insufficient knowledge about Sufism but for the last few months i came across big changes in my life after getting pain from Allah G. I personally think if we wish to love Allah G then just think for a while what type of beloved you want for yourselves. What characteristics that beloved should possess. Ask Allah G to make you just like that to love Allah G. Then surrender your everything in front of Allah G. In the passage I found a lot about why our duas are not being accepted? I listened that voice from heart that when we ask Allah G to solve our problems then on the other hand we also used to try to solve that problems showing that Allah G is not capable to solve our problems. If we give up struggle against the problems which we have submitted in front of Allah G deeply from our heart. Then Allah G does the best for us.

    May Allah G gives us energy to surrender ourselves in front of Him and to be truthful with Him and also with ourselves. (Ameen)

    Asif

  16. ali says:

    asalamualikum friends suggest me in context to will of allah i am facing problem of marrige we both love each other for last 6 year but parents are not allow us t0 marry what allah says in this context.and we can not bear break up also should we wait….we both pray a lot but what ALLAH WILL we dont know

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