Sufi Wisdom

What is this World?

“What is this world? It is not wealth, property, status, money, rank, clothes and children. Whatever keeps you from your Lord, that is this world.

For instance, a person who owns all this world has to offer, yet does not forget his Lord and serves Him with perfect devotion, that person is no worldly materialist but God’s beloved servant, a member of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) Community.

A poor person, on the other hand, may deserve to be called materialistic if he becomes a beggar and lets his begging prevent him from worshiping his Lord.”


– Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak Ashki al-Jerrahi.
19th Grand Shaykh of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order.