The Shuyukh used to take account of their selves before going to sleep

The shuyukh used to take account of their selves before going to sleep

Shaykh Ibn ‘Arabi rahmatullahi ‘alayh says: “Our shuyukh used to take account of themselves with regard to whatever they spoke and whatever they did. They used to record this in a register. After the ‘isha salah they would take account of themselves and bring out their register. They would then look at all that they said and did. They would compare each [act or statement] with whatever it required. If it required seeking forgiveness, they sould seek forgiveness. If it required repentance, they would repent. If it required expressing gratitude, they would express gratitude. It is only then that they would go to sleep. So now we added something more than them in this regard: our thoughts. We would therefore record whatever thoughts that would go through our minds, we would give particular attention to them and we would then take account of them.” (Al-manawi(rahimahullah): Fayd al-Qadir, vol.5, p.67)

 Taken from the Sunnah Way of the Sufis by Imam Harith al-Muhasibi rahimahullah researched and explained by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah rahimahullah Translated by Mahomed Mahomedy (Zam Zam publishers)

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