Al-Qushayri on Presence: Silent contemplation is being present in the moment

Al-Qushayri reported: Abu Bakr Al-Farisi, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked about the practice of silence in private and he said, “It is to abandon preoccupation with the past and the future.”

Source: al-Risālah al-Qushayrīyah 1/247

عَن القشيرية وسئل أَبُو بَكْر الفارسي رحمه الله عَن صمت السر فَقَالَ ترك الاشتغال بالماضي والمستقبل

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