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This poem is from a book by Sheikh Abdur Rahman ibn Nasir As-Sa’di (Rahimahullah) called Al-Durrat Al-Fakhirah (The Exquisite Pearl).

سَعِدَ الَّذِينَ تَجَنَّبُوا سُبُلَ الرَّدَى
وَ تَيَمَّمُوا لِمَنَازِلِ الرِّضْوانِ
فَهُمُ الَّذِينَ أَخْلَصُوا في مَشْيِهِم
مُتَشَرِّعِينَ بِشِرْعَةِ الإِيمَانِ
وَهُمُ الَّذِينَ بَنَوا مَنَازِلَ سَيْرِهِم
بَيْنَ الرَّجا وَ الخَوفِ للدَّيَّانِ
وَهُمُ الَّذِينَ مَلا الإِلهُ قُلُوبَهُم
بِوِدَادِهِ وَ مَحَبَّةِ الرَّحْمانِ
وَ هُمُ الَّذِينَ أَكْثَرُوا مِنْ ذِكْرِهِ
في السِّرِّ وَ الإِعْلَانِ وَ الأَحْيانِ
يَتَقَرَّبُونَ إِلى المَلِيكِ بِفِعْلِهِم
طاعاتِهِ وَ التَّرْكِ لِلعِصْيانِ
فِعْلُ الفَرَائِضِ وَ النَّوَافِلِ دَأْبُهُم
مَعَ رُؤْيَةِ التَّقْصِيرِ وَ النُّقْصانِ
صَبَرُوا النُّفُوسَ عَلَى المَكارِهِ كُلِّهَا
شَوقًا إِلى ما فِيهِ مِنْ إِحْسَانِ
نَزَلُوا بِمَنْزِلَةِ الرِّضَى فَهُم بِها
قَدْ أَصْبَحُوا في جَنَّةٍ وَ أَمانِ
شَكَرُوا الَّذِي أَولَى الخَلائِقَ فَضْلَهُ
بِالْقَلْبِ وَ الأَقْوالِ وَ الأَرْكانِ
صَحَبُوا التَّوَكُّلَ في جَمِيعِ أُمُورِهِم
مَعَ بَذْلِ جَهْدٍ في رِضَى الرَّحْمانِ
عَبَدُوا الإِلهَ عَلى اعْتِقادِ حُضُورِهِ
فَتَبَوَّءُوا في مَنْزِلِ الإِحْسانِ
نَصَحُوا الخَلِيقَةَ في رِضَى مَحْبُوبِهِم
بِالْعِلْمِ وَ الإِرْشادِ وَ الإِحْسانِ
صَحَبُوا الخَلائِقَ بِالْجُسُومِ وَ إِنَّما
أَرْوَاحُهُم في مَنْزِلٍ فَوقانِي
بِاللهِ دَعْواتُ الخَلائِقِ كُلِّها
خَوفًا عَلى الإِيمانِ مِنْ نُقْصانِ
عَزَفُوا القُلُوبَ عَنِ الشَّواغِلِ كُلِّها
قَدْ فَرَّغُوها مِنْ سِوَى الرَّحْمانِ
حَرَكاتُهُم وَ هُمُومُهُم وَ عُزُومُهُم
للهِ لا لِلْخَلْقِ وَ الشَّيْطانِ
نِعْمَ الرَّفِيقُ لَطالِبُ السُّبُلِ الَّتِي
تُفْضِي إِلى الخَيراتِ وَ الإِحْسانِ

Fortunate are those who avoid the destructive paths;
Intending the stations of Allah’s good pleasure.

Those who journey with the utmost sincerity;
Following the legislation by which faith is measured.

Those who build the stations of their journey;
Submitting between being fearful and being hopeful.

Those whose hearts the Divine has filled;
With devotion to Him and love for the Most-Merciful.

Those who remember Him do so abundantly;
In private, public, at all times in continuance.

Seeking nearness to the Sovereign Master;
By obeying Him and forsaking disobedience.

Doing what is obligatory and optional is their way;
Inspecting their own faults and their deficiences.

Their souls patiently enduring all that is disdainful;
Desirous of what it entails of benevolence.

They arrive at the Station of Contentment;
Ultimately reaching the Garden and safety.

For His bounties to His creation they are greatful;
With their heart, tongues and limbs of their body.

Reliance is their companion in all affairs;
Whilst striving in the pleasure of the All-Merciful.

Worshipping the Divine, believing in His presence;
Thus taking their place at the Station of Excellence.

Advising others to that which pleases their Lord;
With knowledge, guidance and compassion.

Accompanying the people in bodily form;
Whilst their spirits dwell at a sublimer station.

They alert the creation to their complete need for Allah;
Continuously fearing a decrease in their faith.

Their hearts turning away from all distractions;
Completely emptied of other than the Most-Merciful.

Their movements, concerns and resolves;
Are all for Allah, not the creation, nor the Devil.

The best of friends is the seeker of these paths;
Which leads to acquiring goodness and Ihsan.

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