CRY NOT OUT MISFORTUNE!”

CRY NOT OUT MISFORTUNE!”

Cry not out at misfortune, O wretch, come, trust in Allah!
For know that crying out compounds the misfortune and is a great error.

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Find misfortune’s Sender, and know it is a gift within gift, and pleasure.

So leave crying out and offer thanks; like the nightingale, smile through your tears!

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If you find Him not, know the world is all pain within pain, transience and loss.

So why lament at a small misfortune while upon you is a worldful of woe?

Come trust in Allah!

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Trust in Allah! Laugh in misfortune’s face; it too will laugh.

As it laughs, it will diminish; it will be changed and transformed.

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Know, O arrogant one, happiness in this world is in abandoning it.

To know Allah is enough. Abandon the world; all things will be for you.

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To be arrogant is total loss; whatever you do, all things will be against you.

So both of the states demand abandoning the world here.

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Abandoning the world is to regard it as Allah’s property, with His permission,

in His Name…

If you want to do trade, it is in making this fleeting life eternal.

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If you seek yourself, it is both rotten and without foundation.

If you seek the world outside, the stamp of ephemerality is upon it.

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Source: The Second Station of the 17th Word,1

1 The pieces in this Second Station resemble poetry, but they are not poetry. They rather took on that form to a degree due to the perfect order of the truths they express. That means there is no value in taking it; the goods in this market are all rotten. So pass on… the sound goods are all lined up beyond it.



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