Hikam 71 & 83, page 193
Shaykh Abdur-Rahman reveals the two types of abodes: the Abode of Deception – this worldly life, and the Abode of Permanence – the Akhirah.
The Shaykh explains that sometimes when Allah deprives you of something you consider good (such as wealth, honour and sustenance) it is in reality an actual bounty because He desires to reward you in full in the Everlasting Abode since this world is deemed insufficient. This world is low, inferior and degraded and the akhirah is high, superior and elevated.
The Shaykh advises that by the seeker continuing with their regular adhkar and remembering death frequently will strengthen their conviction in the hereafter, they will see the reality of the delusion of this world, persevere in the struggle to disassociate their nafs from this false world and strive to acquire the permanent good of the akhirah.
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