Demolishing the Ka'bah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

A murid came to Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) bitterly weeping and complaining.  Another murid had broken his heart with harsh words and cold treatment.  The next time Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) met his muridun for dzikr, he did not return the salaam of the offender and turned away from him.

The latter was mortified with shame and severally implored the shaykh to tell him what was the offense.  Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) spoke to him indirectly, saying, “I want you to take a pickaxe and a shovel and go and demolish the Ka’bah.”

“How could my shaykh give such an order?  How on earth could I dare commit such impiety, O my Shaykh?" the incredulous murid asked.

“You have already committed something of greater impiety,” replied Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.).

“It must be a mistake.  I have done nothing so grievous,” the murid protested.

The shaykh retorted, “You have demolished the heart of a mu’min which is the real House of Allah.”

Those who do not understand a true Sufi shaykh are like that; they do not see that a man’s heart is everything and outer things, however sacred, are only symbols of what should be really inside man.  Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said, “Allah does not look at your forms and acts but He Looks into your hearts and intentions.”


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