Sufi Poem about the Mir’aj

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Balaghal ula bikamaalihi
He [Muhammad ﷺ ] reached the highest place by his Perfection.

Kasha fad-dujaa bijamaalihi
He removed darkness by his Beauty.

Hasunat jami’u khisaalihi
Beautiful are all his Attainments

Sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi
Send blessings to Him and his Family

This quatrain (ruba’i – Poem) was written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) and is found in the introduction to his “Gulistan”. This most famous (ruba’i – Poem) written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) covering the event of Mir’aj of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). There is a very interesting event behind this ruba’i, when Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) wrote this ruba’i he was not getting the last line which would complete the ruba’i and because of this he was not satisfied and was worried, what is lacking, why I’m not unable to complete the last line and in these thought he slept, what Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) saw was unbelievable.

He found himself at the court of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) surrounded by Sahaba Karam (radi Allah ‘anhum). The Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah)

what happen why are u worried what has disturb you.

Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) replied

Ya Rasulullah (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) I have written a ruba’i in Your praise but I am not getting the last line.

The Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied

Read it here what have u written.

Shaykh Sadi (rahimahu Llah) read the above lines; and got stuck our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then completed the ruba’i by saying sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi (Send blessings to Him and his Family).

No one knows you here…

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A wandering dervish arrived in a town where the natives didn’t trust strangers.

Go away!

they shouted at him.

No one knows you here!

The dervish calmly responded,

Yes, but I know myself, and believe me, it would have been much worse if it were the other way round.

The State of Imam Husayn’s Son’s Prostration

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A fire once broke out in a house while ‘Ali the son of Imam Husayn {May Allah be pleased with them} was prostrating in prayer and he didn’t raise his head until the fire went out. When asked about this, he said:

Sorry, the other Fire kept my mind busy.

Related by Imam ad-Dhahabi in his The Lives of the Noble Figures = Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala’

The Necessary remedy for illness

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When Majduddûn Baghdâdî entered the service of a sheikh, he was made to serve “at the place of ablution,” i.e., to clean the latrines. His mother, a well-to-do lady physician, asked the master to exempt the tender boy from this work, and sent him twelve Turkish slaves to do the cleaning. But he replied,

You are a physician—if your son had an inflammation of the gall bladder, should I give the medicine to a Turkish slave instead of to him?”

– Hazrat Jami, Maulana ‘Abdur-Rahman (Rahimullah ‘Aalayhi) –

Change the method of your supplication…

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At the age of 18, Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshband rahimahu Llah (found of the naqshbandi Tareeqa) was sent by his grandfather to the village of Samas to serve the shaykh. Of his initial noviciate under Hazrat as-Samasi rahimau Llah, he relates:

I would arise early, three hours before the prescribed dawn prayer, make ablution, and after performing the Sunnah (customary) prayers, I would go into prostration, supplicating to God with the following prayer:

O my Lord, give me the power to carry the difficulties and the pain of Your love.

Then I would pray the dawn prescribed prayer with the shaykh. On his way out one day he looked at me and said, as if he had been with me when I made that supplication,

O my son, you have to change the method of your supplication. Instead say, ‘O God, grant Your pleasure to this weak servant.’ God does not like His servants to be in difficulties. Although God in His Wisdom might give some difficulties to His servants to test them, the servant must not ask to be in difficulties. This would not be respectful to your Lord.

My child, you may enter

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When Abul Hasan al-Shadhili rahimahu Llah would enter Madinah he would stand outside of the mosque like a beggar with his head down whilst he wept in humility. He would only enter the mosque to give salam once he heard a voice say,

My child, you may enter

How sinners are forgiven… subhana Llah

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Bishr al-Hafi rahimahu Llah was a drunkard who spent his time indulged in haram until one day he found a paper which had the name of Allah upon it. He picked it up, kissed it, perfumed it and placed it high. He went to sleep that night and it was said,

You perfumed My name in this world so I shall perfume your name in both worlds.