Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Attain the Ranks of the Pious

Hadhrat Ibraheem Bin Ad`ham said to a man who was making tawaaf:
“You will never attain the elevated ranks of the pious (i.e. the Auliyaa) as long as you have not traversed six difficult valleys.

First Valley - The closing of the door of bounties and the opening of the door of hardship.

Second Valley - Closing of the door of honour and opening of the door of disgrace.

Third Valley - Closing of the door of comfort and opening of the door of toil.

Fourth Valley - Closing of the door of sleep and opening of the door of wakefulness during the night.

Fifth Valley - Closing of the door of wealth and opening of the doorof poverty.

Sixth Valley - Closing of the door of wishes and opening of the door of preparations for Maut.”

source: Orchards of Love published by Mujlisul Ulama