Sacred Quotes of Khwaja Garib Nawaz

  1. A sin committed does not harm an individual so much as looking down upon one’s own fellow human beings.
  2. Of all the worship that pleases Almighty Allah, the most is the granting of relief to the humble and the oppressed.
  3. Performance of charity is the key of attaining the estate of a philanthropist.
  4. The one who does not perform devotion of Allah is engaged in the career of earning a sinful living.
  5. There are four cardinal virtues of the individual self:
    1. Refraining from begging in the state of penury.
    2. Showing the attitude of being well-fed when feeling hungry.
    3. Maintaining a cheerfulness in the time of sorrow.
    4. Befriending the enemy.
  6. That man is a true devotee of Almighty Allah, who resigns with pleasure to the misfortune that comes from his beloved (Almighty Allah).
  7. The path of Love of God is such a path that whosoever steps into it, loses himself.
  8. For a follower of the path of Truth, it is worse than sin to disdain or look down upon anyone.
  9. Those who are true Lovers of God give away both of the worlds for the sake of their Beloved and even then feel that they have done nothing worthy.
  10. Perfection in faith is evident by three things:
    1. Fear       2. Hope      3. Love
  11. The heart of a lover (the true devotee of God) constantly burns with the fire of love so much so that whatever (passion) intrudes upon its sanctity is burnt to ashes.
  12. When the river pursues its course, the flow occasions force and noise, but when it ultimately merges into the sea, it rest in supreme peace. The same is true of the individual ‘self covering various stages on its onward journey to merge itself in the Universal Self.
  13. He indeed is a true devotee, blessed with the love of God, who is gifted with the following three attributes: River-like charity, i.e. his sense of charity has no limits and is equally beneficial to all the creatures of God who approach him, Sun like affection, i.e. his affection may be extended indiscriminately to all like sunlight and Earth-like hospitality, i.e. his loving embrace may be open to all like that of the earth.
  14. The association with the pious and godly persons is better even than doing a good deed, and the association with ungodly and vicious people is worse than doing an evil act.
  15. A sin committed does not harm an individual so much as the looking down with contempt upon one’s own fellow beings.
  16. Concentration on the implications of drawing and discharging breath is a part of the seer’s (Arif’s) worship.
  17. Of all the worship, the worship that pleases the Almighty God most is the grant of relief to the humble and the oppressed.
  18. He is hardened sinner who commits sin and yet simultaneously entertains the belief that he is one of God’s ‘chosen few’.
  19. The Arif or seer is always over head and ears in the ocean of happiest expectation. If he stands up, the guiding force is the love of the ‘friend’ (God); if he sits down it is to meditate over His glory and if he sleeps, it is the sweet remembrance of Him which lulls him to rest.
  20. He is the knower of the path of love (of God) who relinquishes attachment to both the worlds.
  21. The highly prized gift for a dervish is his association with other dervishes, while his greatest loss is to remain away from them.
  22. Patience is tested through resignation to sorrow, sufferings and disaster without murmur or disclosing one’s pains to others.
  23. The more one learns about the ‘essence of things’ the more one wonders.
  24. The seer regards death as a friend, luxury as an enemy and the constant narration or remembrance of God as a glory.
  25. Knowledge is comprised unto an unfathomable ocean and enlightenment is like a wave in it; then what is the relation of God and man? While the ocean of knowledge is sustained by God alone, the enlightenment pertains to man.
  26. Those having insight into the ‘essence of things’ are endowed with light like the sun and they impart illumination to the whole world.
  27. Without saying prayer, in other words without performing Namaaz, none can approach God because Namaaz is the climax in the process of such approach for the pious.
  28. The stage of perfection in knowledge of the realization of God (Irfaan) is reached when the seer enlightens the hearts of other people with the Divine Light.
  29. The soul of him who perform ablution before going to bed always soars high in the heaven (Arsh), taking a bird’s eye view of the lower regions.
  30. Namaaz is like a trust committed to human care by God, and as such it should be zealously guarded. Namaaz is the climax or destination of the faithful, and lastly Namaaz is secret relationship existing between the worshipper and the worshipped.
  31. The graveyard is the place for picking up a lesson. In such a solemn surrounding, one should not indulge in laughing or burst into laughter or eat or drink or do any other worldly thing.
  32. God rains misfortune and misery upon the heads of those whom He loves.
  33. To cast a devotional look towards one’s Pir and to serve him faithfully are comparable to the devotion to God.
  34. The best way of evading the fire of hell lies in feeding the hungry, providing water to the thirsty, removing the wants of the needy and befriending the miserable.
  35. It amounts to devotion and worship on the part of a son to cast a look on the faces of his parents. All the sins committed by the son who kisses the feet of his parents are extinguished. Khwaja Bayazid Bustami (may God’s peace and grace be upon him) once said, “Whatever position of distinction I have attained, it is a legacy bestowed upon me by my parents.
  36. He is an Arif or seer who is visited every day by a hundred thousand flashes of light (inspiration) from the Heaven.
  37. That man is a true devotee of God who resigns with pleasure to the misfortune that comes from his Beloved (i.e. God).
  38. For a follower of the path of Truth, it is worse than a sin to disdain or look down upon anyone.

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