Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says: “It is completely useless to swim about in the sea of Reason and intellect. There is need for the ship of Nabi Nooh (A.S.) i.e. The help of the friends of Allah. Look how Nabi Nooh’s (A.S.) son, Kan’aan, depended on Reason alone saying: “The high mountains shall save me from this storm”. He considered the ark of Nabi Nooh (A.S.) as being despicable. The result was that the ship was saved during the deluge and reached the high mountain while Kan’aan was drowned.
Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says:
“When you do not look with proper sight, then you look upon the love and company of the saintly ones and their obedience i.e. their ship as despicable, and you look upon your imitation of the people of Europe as the high mountains of Intellect and Reason. But, beware, do not look upon this ship as being of no value and a thing to be despised.
The power of Allah is such that with one wave, He can turn the ship upside down. But the ship which travels in the shadow of Allah’s Mercy, in spite of its outward weakness and the evil intention of Shaytaan, it will pass through all the trials in safety.
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Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Raheemahullah) mentions the exceptional stage reached by those who adopt patience in abstaining from fulfilling their evil desires;
On subscribing to sabr (patience) and sacrifice, the ‘Ahh’ which continually and invariably issues forth from that ‘bleeding’ heart transports one to the supreme and absolute stage of Wilaayat.
Maulana Rumi (Raheemahullah) says, “Those who resort to Sabr on the Path of Allah have acquired the Wilaayat of the Siddiqeen”
Shaykh Yusnu Patel (Raheemahullah) presents a wonderful analogy. He asks,
“When does the sun rise?” And then he, himself, gives the reply: “When the horizon turns red.”
Then he continues to describe the spiritual condition of the heart in the same light :
When the heart turns red with the blood of one’s evil desires which have been sacrificed for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, then Allah Ta’ala causes not just one ‘sun’ but many ‘suns’ of His Muhabbat (Love) and Ma’rifat (Recognition) to rise in such a heart.
The sun of this world has restrictions : It neither lights up the entire world at once, nor is its heat always the same. Moreover, whilst it brings light and warmth as it rises; it inevitably sets, leaving behind darkness.
The ‘suns’ of Allah’s love rises within the heart and lights it up. These ‘suns’ do not set unless the person becomes a persistent sinner, without Taubah (repentance). Added to this, the one in whose heart, the ‘suns’ of Allah’s love and ma’rifat have risen, will generate such light that will in turn light up the hearts of people all over the world.
The pain endured by the heart brings in its wake, happiness, satisfaction, the noor of Imaan and the sweetness of Imaan. In fact, the sorrow of the heart on this path of Divine Love is the very envy of happiness. Such a person is blessed with the companionship of Allah Ta’ala, for Allah Ta’ala says : ‘I am with those of broken hearts.’
Man is a bondsman (slave) of Allah, an ‘abd’.
In the word ‘abd’, the meaning of humility and a distressed state are included. Hence for someone to be an ‘abd’ (slave of Allah) and at the same time to have in him pride or arrogance, is a contradiction and the cause of great loss.
Allah has created you from dust, hence a bondsman,
Adopt an attitude of meekness and humility like dust.
You should know that the duty to the Book of Allah (The Qur’an) entails practicing on its injunctions, be they commands or prohibitions, fearing its warnings, having hope in its promises, believing in its allegorical verses and taking admonition from its parables.
If you do this, you would have come out of the pitch darkness of ignorance towards the light of knowledge, and from the torment of doubts to the comfort of conviction
Allah jalllajalaaluhu says;
Allah is the helper of the Believers, He removes them from the pit of darkness towards light
From “The Sunnah way of the Sufis”
My body still has its four limbs
My head is still attached to my neck
I have no gaping wounds to show
My blood still travels within the confines of my body
But Oh Allah!
See this heart of mine
Once it was black like burnt out coal
See the stabs I endured as I kept away from sins
See the scars that remain from the tyranny of others
See the blood covering and dripping off my once blackened heart
My body was not able to fight against your enemies
But my heart valiantly fought against nafs and shaytaan
Accept this heart which injured itself in Your Love and Obedience
For in the end it is the state of my martyred heart which is all I have to show before You in Your Court
From Sudoku’s blog (sunniforum.com)
The allegory of belief (Imaan) is that of a land that has five walls.
Al-Hajjawi said in its commentary: It is said that the allegory of belief is that of a land that has five walls. The first wall [the innermost wall] made from gold, the second from silver, the third from iron, the forth from cooked clay [aajurr], and the fifth [the outermost wall] from brick. As long as the people of the brick wall are diligent in protecting the brick, the enemy does not aspire [destroying] the second; but if they neglect this [brick wall], they will aspire for the second and then the third, until they demolish all of the walls.
And like belief [Imaan] has five walls: certainty, then sincerity, then performing what is obligatory, then the recommended [sunan], and then refined behavior [aadab].
As long as one holds to and is diligent with having refined behavior, Satan does not scheme [to destroy] him. But if one forsakes refined behavior, Satan aspires to [destroying] the recommended works, then the obligatory, then sincerity, and then certainty.
Sheikh `Abd al-Qadir al-Jaylani (taken from Qibla.com)
Once Khwaja Azizul Hasan (Raheemahullah) asked Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah);
“How will a person know that he has attained sainthood and has established a link with Allah? Will he realise that he has actually established a firm link with Allah? Will he perceive that Allah has entered his heart?”
Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah) replied,
“When you attained puberty (buloogh) did you realise it? Did you have to ask your friends, ’O friends! Tell me, have I attained puberty?” Shaykh Thãnwi (Raheemahullah) then explained;
Likewise, when a person devotes some time in the company of the Ahlullah (saints), engaging in Zikrullah and abstaining from sins, his soul reaches puberty. A different life enters in him. His heart becomes filled with the love of Allah and he perceives the special spiritual warmth and closeness of Allah.
Taken from “Tarbiyatus Saalikeen” – ITA