Roses of Islam: Rabi’a Al-Adawiyah, Part VII

June 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Once when Rabi`a, may Allah be pleased with her, was asked, “Where have you come from?” She said, “From that World.” They then asked her, “Where are you going?” She replied, “To that World.” They asked, “What are you doing in this world?” She said, “I am sorrowing.” They asked, “In what way?” She said, “I am eating the bread of this world and doing the work of that World.”

Then someone said, “One so persuasive in speech is worthy to keep a guest-house.” She replied, “I myself am keeping a rest-house. Whatever is within I do not allow to go out, and whatever is without I do not allow to come in. If anyone comes in or goes out, he does not concern me, for I am contemplating my own heart, not mere clay.

Rabi`a’s companions spoke about how she was always weeping and when she was asked, “Why do you weep like this?” she said, “I fear that I may be cut off from Him to Whom I am accustomed, and that at the hour of death a voice may say that I am not worthy.”

She, may Allah hallow her secret, told of how when she was making the Pilgrimage, and upon reaching the standing on `Arafat she heard a voice saying to her, “O you who call upon Me, what request have you to make to Me? If it is Myself that you desire, then I will show you one flash of My Glory, but in that you will be absorbed and melt away.” She said then, “O Lord of Glory, Rabi`a has no means of reaching to that degree, but I desire one particle of Poverty.” The voice said, “O Rabi`a, Poverty is the drought and famine of Our Wrath which We have placed in the way of men. When but a hair’s breadth remains between them and Union with Us, everything is changed and Union becomes separation. As for you, you still have seventy veils of existence, and until you have come forth from beneath these veils you will not benefit even to speak of that Poverty.

It is said that someone once said to her, “I have committed many sins; if I turn in repentance (tawba) toward Allah, will He turn in His Mercy toward me?” She said, “No, but if He will turn toward you, you will turn toward Him.” For Rabi`a, repentance was a Gift from Allah. As she said, “Seeking forgiveness with the tongue is the sin of lying. If I seek repentance of myself, I shall have need of repentance again.” Or as she also said, “Our asking for forgiveness of Allah itself needs forgiveness.”

She, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “O God, my whole occupation And all my desire in this world, Of all worldly things, Is to remember You. And in the Hereafter It is to meet You. This is on my side, as I have stated. Now You do whatever You will.” In her nightly prayers she loved to commune with her Beloved God, saying, “O God, the night has passed and the day has dawned. How I long to know if You have accepted my prayers or if You have rejected them. Therefore console me, for it is Yours to console this state of mine. You have given me life and cared for me, and Yours is the Glory. If You want to drive me from Your Door yet would I not forsake it for the love that I bear in my heart towards You.

As for the rest of the story of her life in this world, it is said: About seven years before she died, she traveled to Jerusalem with a woman companion and attendant, and she bought a small house with some land surrounding it on top of the holy Mountain of Olives (at-Tur). There she lived, and from there she used to walk down, every day, to Al-Aqsa Mosque where she prayed and gave Teachings to the people, both men and women, who came to listen to her. Although she was a woman, nobody could prevent her from doing this because it was Allah who moved her in this way to be the means of manifesting Himself to the people who sought Him through her. Then after praying and teaching in the Mosque she would walk back up the mountain to her house. This she did every day until she died in the year 185 A.H. / 801 C.E.

After she died her followers built a tomb for her which still exists near the Christian Church of the Ascension on top of the Mountain of Olives. It is visited by those who remember her and thank Allah for the blessing which He granted through her life-the example of a holy soul filled with Him

End of Roses of Islam: Rabi’a Al-Adawiyah [consists of 7 parts]


Which Favors Will You Deny?

June 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

The phrase “Then which favors of your Lord will you deny?” is actually a verse in the 55th Surah (chapter) in the Qur’an, namely Ar-Rahman. The surah is often regarded as the ‘Beauty of the Qur’an’, in accordance with a hadith: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Qur’an is Surah Ar-Rahman” [Bayhaqi in Shuab al Eiman]Qur'an Ar-Rahman #55

The main theme of the Surah is giving manifestation and fruits to the attribution of Allah’s mercy and grace, which is evident right from the beginning, till the very end. Ar-Rahman is one of the Personal Name of Allah. It is unique, exclusive, unprecedented, has no parallel, no dual, no plural, no feminine equivalent. It means “Most Gracious”, a reflection of one His many attributes.

Allah asked us repeatedly “Then which favors of your Lord will you deny?” in the surah (31 times to be exact). The verse demands us to continuously be aware (and grateful) for what has been provided to us. Be it money, food, wealth, health, environment, sea, air, and each and everything else. They were courtesy of His Grace, Ar-Rahman.

And how could we then deny the favors of the Lord , Ar-Rahman? This is one of my favorite verses of the Qur’an, for it constantly reminds me of my existence.

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June 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

The Tongue

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Reminders from the Qur’an on the tongue, the most potent component of our physical body. Too many regrets have happened due to just a minor slip of the tongue. And some of them are irreparable as the damage has already been done. InsyaAllah, we shall all be guided.

Miracle of the Quran!

Miracle of the Quran! (Photo credit: Za3tOoOr!)

  • Speak the Truth – Al Qur’an 3:17
  • Speak Straight – Al Qur’an 33:70
  • Speak Justice – Al Qur’an 6:152
  • Speak Kindly – Al Qur’an 2:83
  • Speak Politely – Al Qur’an 17:53
  • Speak Fairly – Al Qur’an 17:28
  • Speak Gently – Al Qur’an 20:44
  • Speak Graciously – Al Qur’an 17:23
  • Speak Not in Vain – Al Qur’an 23:3
  • Speak No Lie – Al Qur’an 22:30

Feel free to add more and make your comments. Much appreciated if you could rate this post as well. Jazakumullah.

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