April 7, 2008 § 5 Comments
These days I find the sohbet of my shaykh to be more important than I could have ever imagined. As the days and nights pass I am appreciating, more and more, the sentiments of the Qawwali, Ilahi, the traditional sufi poets and their diwan devoted to their beloved murshid. And as I continue to trip and fall making a fool of myself in this clumsy body, I am seeking true freedom in the Paradises, yet intending to fulfill my responsibility as a prisoner of these two breaths.
One of the things that have really been heavy on my mind is heedlessness and speech. I find that heedlessness is the harbinger of folly and that foolish speech can spoil almost every good deed that proceeded it. The combination of the two (heedlessness and speech) is disastrous. The Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) has said,
“Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”
Believing in this, in effect, makes speaking in general something much more weightier than a transient means to a temporal end. May Allah Almighty increase our faith and protect us from heedlessness and foolish speech, Amin.