Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Glimpses of the Life of Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri

Practice was the aim of the sheikh’s knowledge. Imam Abul Hasan al-Shadhili (d. 654/1258), whose order the sheikh belonged to, would not let his disciples beg, but had them earn their own livelihood, and Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman emphasized the importance of having a trade to earn one’s living by the work of one’s hand. He used to say, “I hope to pass on from this world without having taken a single piaster from anyone: I don’t even take from my own children.”
 Taken from Sea without Shore by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.