Sunday, 12 September 2010
Does Allah (s.w.t.) Hear Us?
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
All night, a man called “Allah.”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then the Devil said, “Hey! Mr. Gullible!
How come you’ve been calling all night
And never once heard Allah say, ‘Here, I Am?’
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what! Nothing!”
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked,
“Why are you regretting praising Allah?”
The man said, “I called and called
But Allah never replied, ‘Here I Am.’”
Abraham explained, “Allah has Said,
‘Your calling My Name is My Reply.
Your longing for Me is My Message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to Reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.”
In the silence surrounding every call of “Allah”
Waits a thousand Replies of “Here I Am.”
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)
The true Seeker understands that every act of worship is an invitation to the Divine Presence. Since Allah (s.w.t.) is the Originator of Actions, our calling of Him is in Reality, Him calling Himself. There is no Self; there is only the Divine. We do not say then that our amal belongs to us. It does not. It Belongs to Him. It is a Gift to us by Him, from Him, of Him. We are like the radio, merely an instrument.