Peace, one and all…
Only the ignorant man scorns the recitation of litany.
Inspiration is to be found in the Hereafter,
while the litany vanishes with the vanishing of this world;
but it is more fitting to be occupied with something
for which there is no subsitute.
The litany is what He seeks from you;
the inspiration is what you seek from Him.
What comparison is there
between what He seeks from you and what you seek from Him?
Ibn Ata’illah, Hikam 112
The daily litany (or wird in Arabic) is given by Him, through the hands of His beloved friends, the awliya, for our benefit. It is a blessing for us. It is what He seeks from us, and I find it deeply important to remember that this means it is for us. God needs nothing, and so anything demanded of us is a help, and a blessing and a mercy. The Evrad-i Serif is a healing for my heart. But, how often we turn away from that which is good to which is not!
Beloved One! Let the light of my wird guide me in each new day. Let it be my ‘firm handhold’, my time of alone-ness with You.