Shaykh Manswur al-Bata'ihi (q.s.) on Love

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Someone asked Shaykh Manswur al-Bata'ihi (q.s.) about love, mahabbah, he said, “The lover is inebriated in his hangover, (khumar), and he is bewildered in his drinking.  If he emerges from intoxication, it is only to enter a state of bewilderment, and if he emerges from a state of bewilderment, it is only to enter a state of intoxication.”

Then he uttered these poetic verses:

Love is an intoxication, and its hangover is a ruination,
A fertile ground for disaster and terminal disease.
Love, like death, annihilates every enamoured soul,
And ruination destroys anyone who tastes it.
In love died those who were sincere in their affection;
Had they not loved, they would neither have died nor perished.

Then he went over to a flourishing green tree and breathed a sigh beside it, and the tree immediately withered and shed all its leaves.  Shaykh Manswur (q.s.) uttered these poetic verses:

If the land and all the trees therein were devastated by passion,
They would not be watered by rain.
If the earth were to taste the Love of Allah,
The fruit would be burned from its trees by the passion therein.
Their branches would be stripped of every leaf,
Bombarded by sparks from the heart of the fire of passion.
So neither iron nor mountain rock is stronger
Than human being, in bearing love and tribulation.


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