The noble Messenger, may Divine Peace be upon him, reported these words directly from the Most High:
'Spend generously for others from the spiritual and material means I provide you, and I will spend generously for you from my Divine Provision. My Hand of Abundance is always full. No spending, even if it continues night and day, will ever diminish My Abundance.'
Muhammad the Messenger, upon him be peace, then added:
''Have you contemplated what Allah, may He be exalted and glorified, has expended since He first created the heavens and earth? This outpouring has not in the least decreased what He holds in His Hand. His Throne rests upon the primordial waters, and He holds The Balance, which on the Day of Judgement will weigh the minutest intentions behind every action performed by His servants.'
(Hadith Qudsi transmitted by Abu Hurayra)
'The Shambhala Guide to Sufism'
By Carl W. Ernst (Author)
The soaring voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the ecstatic dance of the Whirling Dervishes, the rapturous verse of Jalaluddin Rumi—all are expressions of Sufism, often regarded as the mystical tradition of Islam. Who are the Sufis? They are more than mystics; they are empowered by the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad. They are guided by saints and masters. They belong to orders ranging from North Africa and Turkey to India and Central Asia. In addition to prayer and fasting, they practice techniques of meditation. They recite poetry, delight in music, and perform dance, all towards one goal—union with God, the Divine Beloved. This comprehensive introduction clarifies the concept of Sufism and discusses its origin and development. In addition, the author discusses the important issues of Sufism's relationship with the larger Islamic world and its encounters with fundamentalism and modern secularism, along with the appropriation of Sufism by non-Muslims and the development of Sufi traditions in the West.