Sunday, September 14, 2008

when sleep is better than prayer

1.
It is related that the Messiah (God bless him and grant him peace!) passed in his wandering a man asleep wrapped up in his cloak; then he wakened him and said, "O sleeper, arise and glorify God, Exalted is He!."

Then the man said, "What do you want from me? Verily I have abandoned the world to its people."

So he said to him, "Sleep, then, my friend."

2.
On the authority of Sahl bin Saad Al-Saedi, who said: A man came to the prophet and said: "O Messenger of God, direct me to an act which, if I do it, [will cause] God to love me and people to love me." He said: "Renounce the temporal world and its attachment and God will love you, and renounce what people possess and people will love you."

3.
The sleep of a learned person (aref, gnostic) is better than the prayer of an ignorant worshiper.
- saying of Prophet Muhammad


. graphics Rumi prints by Michale Green
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