سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ أَوَلَمْ يَكْفِ بِرَبِّكَ أَنَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ - فصلت: ٥٣
Soon will We show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things?
I needed great courage to go out into the dark, tracking God into the unknown - Hafiz
A person who has firm faith and believes in Allah doesn’t complain of others behaviour - Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.)
A sin committed does not harm an individual so much as looking down upon one's own fellow human beings - Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.)
The essence of all wisdom is to know the answers to ‘who am I?’ and ‘what will become of me?’ on the Day of Judgment - Jalaluddin Rumi
Strive to discover the mystery ( Who am I?) before life is taken from you. If while living you fail to find yourself, to know yourself, how will you be able to understand the secret of your existence when you die?- Farid ud Din Attar
“Berusahalah untuk mengenal diri sendiri. Sebab siapa yang kenal dirinya dan menentang hawa nafsunya, akan kenallah dia akan Tuhannya dan menuntutlah dia akan keridhaan-Nya.” - Syeikh Abdul Qodir al-Jilani
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A story of Rabiatul Adawiyah
Below is a story of Rabiatul Adawiyah who one day sent Hasan al Basri three things—a piece of wax, a needle, and a hair.
“Be like wax,” she said. “Illumine the world, and yourself burn.
Be like a needle, always be working naked. When you have done these two things, a thousand years will be for you as a hair.”
“Do you desire for us to get married?” Hasan asked Rabiatul Adawiyah.
“The tie of marriage applies to those who have being,” she replied. “Here being has disappeared, for I have become naughted to self and exist only through Him. I belong wholly to Him. I live in the shadow of His control. You must ask my hand of Him, not of me.”
“How did you find this secret, Rabiatul Adawiyah ” Hasan asked.
“I lost all ‘found’ things in Him,” She answered.
“How do you know Him?” Hasan enquired.
“You know the ‘how’; I know the ‘howless’,” Rabiatul Adawiyah said
Note to readers - During our journey to find our trueself, once we have reach certain level-meaning of the words uttered by Rabiatul Adawiyah would become clear to us - until then it will remain a mystery to be discovered, understood and hopefully experience.
Hassan al Basri was trying to ask Rabiatul Adawiyah about the secret. What he got is only an indirect answer from her. It is a secret that she wanted him to discover himself!
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears - Glenn Clark