Utterances (Malfuzat) – Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
From the Book
Make a frequent practice of remembering death and what lies beyond it, and the narrow bridge [sirat] and what lies beyond it. Remember the hereafter with its bliss and its torment.
Become detached from this world by concentrating on Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), by purifying your hearts and innermost beings [asrar], by struggling against your lower selves [nufiis] and waging war on the devils [shaydtin]. Be liberated for the sake of Allah (Exalted is He) and devote yourselves wholly to Him.
To affirm the Divine Unity [tawhid] is to wipe out all created beings, to move away from the upheaval of your ordinary nature [tab‘] toward the nature of the angels, then to pass beyond the nature of the angels and become connected to your Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He).
He gives you to drink whatever He gives you to drink, and He pays special attention to deeds performed in His sight, more than to external behavior. Islam is external [zahir] and faith [ima] is its driving force [quwwa].
Then real experience [ma ‘rifa] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) comes after that, then existence [wujiud] because of Allah (Exalted is He), for when your very existence is because of Him, the whole of you belongs to Him.