I came across a passage in a book when I was sixteen years old – just finishing high school and readying myself for a big city university adventure. Standing at the precipice of perceived “adulthood” I thought it a lovely piece of writing, in both form and message, but I didn’t know then how through challenges and celebrations, soul-searching and separations, it would be the best reminder I would ever have. The one that, no matter the circumstance or the emotion, would point me first in the right direction before gently nudging me forward.
In the twenty odd years since that first encounter, I have carried these words around the world with me – written out in notebooks, stuffed into backpacks, blu-tacked up on walls and committed to memory in my heart. I share them here now in the hope that they will be for you – as they have been for me – a shaft of light to shine through the moments of your life, urging always, whatever the situation and with a straightforward eloquence, to turn back to the Ultimate Source:
All praise belongs to God, who never disappoints those who hope in Him, never refuses those who ask of Him, never ignores those who quest for Him, never underpays those who act for Him, never deprives those who thank Him, never fails those who battle for Him, never allows those whose comfort is in His remembrance to be estranged, never surrenders to others those who surrender to His might, never abandons to others those who depend on Him, and never forsakes those who trust and commit themselves to Him. Those who firmly hold to His Book shall never err, and those who take refuge in His Presence shall never find disgrace.
Taken from Gifts For The Seeker by Imam Abdullah Ibn Alawi Al-Haddad, originally written in the 18th century, translated by Dr. Mostafa Al-Badawi and published by Fons Vitae, 1992.