Mistake

Q: What is a fundamental mistake of man’s?
A: To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life’s waiting-room.

Love of this world

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Man’s love for the life of this world is shown in the way he greets people.

– Sufyan ath-Thawri (rahimahu Llah) –

Humble & Noble

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Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.

– Serbian Proverb –

Killed by Allah’s Sword of Love

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Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullahi alayh) narrates:

“On my way to Hajj, I met a man who was proceeding on foot to Baitullah. He was walking delightfully, all in eager. He had neither food not water nor any provisions whatsoever for the road. I made salaam to him. After he responded, I said:

O young man! From where are you coming?

Young man:

I come from Him.

Maalik:

Where are you going?

Young man:

To Him.

Maalik:

Where are your provisions for the journey?

Young man:

It is His responsibility.

Maalik:

How can you traverse a journey without food and water?

Young man:

Yes! When I set out from home, I had five huroof (letters) for provisions.

Maalik:

Which letters?

Young man:

Kaaf, Yaa, Haa, Ain, Swaad.

Maalik:

What are their meanings?

Young man:

Kaaf means Kaafi (i.e. He Who is Sufficient). Haa means Haadi (i.e. The Guide). Yaa means The One Who gives Refuge or place. Ain means Aalim (The Knower). Swaad means Saadiq (The Truthful One). The man whose companion is self  sufficient, the guide, the giver of a place, the knower and the truthful, will not be destroyed. He has no fear and he is not in need of provisions.

Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar offered his kurta to the young man. Refusing, he said:

O Sheikh! It is better to be without a kurta of the world. There will be a reckoning demanded (on the Day of Qiyaamah) for halaal things and punishment for haraam things.

When all the people donned Ihraam and proclaimed “Labbaik”! I said:

Don’t you say Labbaik?

The young man said:

O Sheikh! I fear to say Labbaik! Perhaps the Divine Response will be Laa Labbaik! Wa Laa Sa`daika! (Your presence is not accepted.)

So saying, he left. Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar says:

Then I saw him again in Minaa. He was proclaiming; ‘My Friend is He who loves that I be killed. For him my blood is lawful in the Haram. O you who criticize! Don’t criticize me for His Love, for if you should see His excellence and beauty which I am seeing, you will never be saved (from death). Like me, you too will sacrifice your life at the altar of His Love. People have sacrificed animals on the Day of Eid, while my friend has sacrificed my life.

O Allah! People have gained Your Proximity by sacrificing animals. Besides my life I have nothing to sacrifice. I offer this life to You. You accept it.

He then emitted a loud, chilling shriek and fell down dead. A voice proclaimed:

He is the friend of Allah. He has been killed by Allah. He has been killed by the Sword of Allah.

Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullahi alayh) performed his burial. That night Hadhrat Maalik slept in great agitation and restlessness. In a dream he saw the young man and enquired about his condition. The young man said:

Allah ta’ala treated me like the Shuhadaa of Badr. Infact, he gave me more.

Maalik asked in his dream:

Why did He give you more?

Young man:

The Shuhadaa of Badr were killed by the swords of the kuffaar, whereas I was killed by the Sword of Allah’s Love.

– from the book “Orchards of love.-

Imam Bukhari cured from Blindness …

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Imam Bukhari rahimahu Llah, who was one of the greatest compilers of ahadith, became blind at a young age. He had recourse to many famous and skilled doctors of his time but their treatments made no difference. His mother was a pious worshipper and a righteous woman. She cried out for help in the court of Allah the Almighty, for her child and begged for the restoration of his eyesight. At last, “the river of mercy flowed over her,” and Almighty Allah accepted her invocation. One night, she visited Ibrahim alayhis-salam in a dream and was told,

Allah has restored the sight of your son because of your intense and beautiful invocations.

In the morning, as Imam Bukhari got up from his bed, glimmers of light reached out into his eyes. That is, his eyesight was fully restored.

Source: From the biography of Imam Bukhari (rahimahu Llah) located in the beginning of Sahih Al Bukhari 9 Volume English Translation. Additional details were provided by Shaykh al-Hadith Allama Ghulam Rasul Sa`idi.

Saif -ul- Malooq

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First, all praise is for Allah
Who is the Lord of all
He who recites his Name
Never will lose in any field

(Real) Men are the Divine Secret
This is a strange mystery
With one gaze he can purify—
My Spiritual Guide the Damri Wala

The key to every difficulty
Is in the hands of such men
When they look at you just once
Difficulties no longer exist!

Bravo O you gracious protector of your Ummah
A sun which intercedes
The likes of Gabriel are his servants
-The Chief of all the Prophets!

The Light of Muhammad shone
When Adam was still uncreated
Both stations of First and Last
He alone occupies alone!

– Hadhrat Mian Mohammad Bakhsh rahimahu Llah –

How one returns the things one has borrowed

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Abu Hasan al-Basri Isa ibn Abdullahi said:

‘ I heard al-Hasan ibn Arafah saying: Abdullahi ibn al-Mubarak said to me:

‘” I borrowed a pen in Syria and I forgot to return it to its owner. When I came back to Marw, Turkmenistan, I realized that this pen was still with me. So I went back to Syria and returned it to its owner.'”

{Tarikh al-Baghdad, Volume 10 pg. 167}

Shams-i Tabrizi and Rumi (may Allah ta’ala be pleased with both)

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Rumi’s first meeting with Shams-i Tabrizi turned him literally upside down, because of the mystical shock he experienced in their first encounter. The stranger from Tabriz was no ordinary person; he was a gifted mystic, also known as Kamil-i Tabrizi. He had attained extraordinary esoteric abilities on the path of ‘ Salook’ the journey towards God, to seek closeness to Him. Salook, a most cherished goal of all mystics is achieved through completely submitting one’s ‘self” (nafs) to the Most High, to the point where it can mirror in its purified depth the reflection of the Reality and Power of the Most High. Rumi, in his late thirtees was a jurist of the first order with accomplishments in religious sciences, including Quran, tradition and fiqh and was leading a loyal Muslim community in Konya in Eastern Iran, then called Khorasan, now Turkey. His fame as a theophosopher, it appears had traveled beyond his area to Damascus and Allepo, two major centers of learning where Rumi had also traveled to fulfil the academic requirements of a Faqih or Jurist.

Rumi had, it appears, attained an honorable position among is peers. But there was a certain feeling of unfulfilment, disquiet, an emptiness, an appetite, a craving, a yearning, a desperate need to go beyond the worldly state, to the world unknown, the world beyond, the higher hemisphere, the domain of the Most High that even angels fear to tread. He knew he could not do it alone. He was in need of a spiritual Guide, a Mentor, skilled in the metaphysics of the intended ‘ space travel ‘, a consummate pilot who can help navigate this flight into the higher realms of existence.

Shams Tabriz, a man probably in his sixties, having accomplished himself in religious sciences had studied under different teachers in Tabriz. He had however epitomized his skills on the path of ‘ salook ‘ under the guidance and tutelage of an accomplished teacher and a great mystic of the time, known as Baba Kamal Jundi. He spent more nearly 12 years with this skillful teacher in Tabriz. They secluded themselves in ‘ chillas ‘ ( a mystic exercise, praying for 40 days in total seclusion, seeking His Grace). Once when Shams told his teacher that he had so much on his chest to share with others but he could not say it words. the great sage, Baba Kamal told him that he was going to meet with a person who was to become his ‘tongue’, or alter-ego.

Led by a dream, Shams set out on a journey to Allepo and then to Konya where he finally discovered the pal he had been looking for. The legend goes that Rumi was sitting by the water ( a pond) with his students and a pile of books when Shams walked in as a wayfarer with dishevelled hair, After greetings, he asked Rumi pointing to the books (manuscripts) what was it. Rumi answered interrogatively ‘ what would you know ? ‘ The visitor reached for the the pile of books and threw them in the water. These were Rumi’s hand written manuscripts and he was greatly upset by the unexpected rage of the unknown man. Shams bent down to the water, restoring the pile of books with no sign of water on them. A bewildered Rumi managed to ask, “ what was it ? “ and Shams answered him back in Runi’s own words, “ What would you know ? “ and left. That was it. Rumi threw away his religious raimant and his hat chasing after Shams.

– By Nasir Shamsi –

Woe to you, son of Adam

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Imam al-Hassan al-Basri rahimahu Llah said:

We laugh and yet – who knows? – perhaps Allah has looked at some of our works and said: “I will not accept anything from you.” Woe to you, son of Adam! Can you fight Allah? Whoever disobeys Allah is fighting Him. By Allah! I have met seventy veterans of Badr. Most of their garments were wool. Had you seen them you would have said they are crazy, and had they seen the best among you they would have said: “Those people will have no part in the Hereafter.” Had they seen the worst among you they would have said: “Those people do not believe in the Day of Reckoning.” I have seen people for whom this world was cheaper than the dust under their feet. I have seen people the like of whom would come home at night, not finding more than his own portion of food, and yet say: “I shall not put all of this into my belly. I shall certainly give some away for Allah’s sake.” Then he would give away some of his food in charity, even if he were more in need of it than its recipient.

– Narrated from `Alqama ibn Marthad by Abu Nu`aym in Hilya al-Awliya’ (1985 ed. 2:134) –