Sunday, 19 September 2010
Searching for God
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not.
I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there.
I entered the mountain
and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not.... cave of Hira
With set purpose I fared to the summit of
and found there only 'anqa's habitation. Mount Caucasus
Then I directed my search to the Ka’bah, the resort of old and young; God was not there even.
Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range.
I fared then to the scene of the Prophet's experience of a great Divine Manifestation only a 'two bow-lengths' distance from him' but God was not there even in that Exalted Court.
Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)