Photo: Ottoman Jerusalem, 1900.
The beloved Muhammad, may Divine Peace be upon him, once reported:
On the Day of Resurrection, the Most High will extend His Mercy upon a member of my community whose errors surpass those of other created beings. Allah will unroll before this soul ninety-nine scrolls documenting its wrong actions, each scroll reaching as far as the eye can see. Then Allah will question: Do you contest anything recorded here? Have the angels who witnessed your deeds been unjust to you?
"No, my Lord."
Do you have any argument to bring in your favor?"
"No, my Lord."
Yet you have a single good deed that is cherished by the Divine Presence. This Day, no chastisement will touch you.
A small page will then be brought forth, on which is inscribed: "I witness that there is no reality apart from the One Reality, Allah Most High, and I witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger."
Allah will command: Come close, O My servant, and weigh this page on the Balance of Truth.
The soul will inquire: "My Lord, what weight has this small page compared to those extensive scrolls?"
Allah will assure the soul: You will be not treated unfairly.
Thereupon, the scrolls will be placed on one side of the vast scale, the single sheet of paper on the other. The ninety-nine scrolls will be light, and the small page will weight heavily. Nothing has true weight or substance other than the Divine Name.
(Hadith 95 was collected by the sage at-Tirmidhi and comes from the transmission of the noble companion 'Abd-Allah 'Amru ibn al-'As, may Allah be pleased with him. It is documented in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar)
'The Sufis of Andalusia: The Ruh Al-Quds' and 'Al-Durrat al-Fakhirah' '
By Muhyi al-Din Muhammad ibn 'Ali Ibn al-'Arabi (Author), R.W.J. Austin (Translator)
Sufis of Andalusia consists of biographical sketches of some of the contemplatives and spiritual masters among whom Ibn 'Arabi spent his early years. These accounts bring to life with great vividness a remarkable spiritual milieu, and a group of individuals who manifest superlative wisdom in their intensity of devotion and service to reality. This book will appeal directly to all who seek real knowledge.