Monday, 20 October 2014
One Drop of Love
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.), on the 01st January 1997.
The real target of everyone is to be invited by as-Sulthan. Allah (s.w.t.) is the One Who can Dress us with the dress of the ‘sultan’. If He does that, we Belong to Him. He is the One Who can Say, “Be!” and it will Be. Those who carry the Divine Command of as-Sulthan will not be opposed.
How can we reach this state? We reach this by being fully obedient to Him. Sometimes a person is obedient but he is not happy with it in his heart. Allah does not like anyone to be obedient by force.
One of the greatest saints was Shaykha Rabi’ah al-‘Adawiyyah (q.s.). We call her Shaykha Rabi’ah as-Sulthana (q.s.), because she was dressed in the robes of the Sulthan. She used to supplicate:
“If I adore You out of fear of Hell, burn me in Hell!
If I adore you out of desire for Paradise,
Lock me out of Paradise.
But if I adore you for Yourself Alone,
Do not deny to me Your Eternal Beauty.”
People like these are free. They have been Chosen. They do not have anything of this world, or expect anything from Paradise or Hell. They have just given themselves for the sake of the Lord. They only want His Pleasure, without gain. They do not ask for the pleasure of their ego, because they know that if their Lord, is Pleased with them, they will be pleased as well. They will have absolute peace and love, endless satisfaction and endless pleasure in being with Him.
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was shown every wonder in Creation on the Night Journey, but his eyes never looked at anything but His Lord. This showed his real personality. He had completely melted into the Presence of his Lord. Rivers run to the Ocean. When they reach the ocean they stop running. It is their nature to reach the ocean. When a drop of rain reaches the ocean, can we find it? It will be the Ocean.
We have been given one drop of love, one drop of existence from the Lord. We must try to give it back to the Endless Ocean of Love and Existence, the Oceans of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Divine Unity. We will be in the ocean and cannot ever be taken out into loneliness again.
Shaykha Rabi’ah (q.s.) wanted to reach the Lord. She used to say, “Allah,” constantly, but it was heavy for her ego to do it. It was so anxious to be with Him. But she never gave up. For seven years she continued, even though every recitation of “Allah” was like a mountain on her shoulders. Then she reached a point when her ego left her. She was free to be with her Lord. Her ego had melted and was finished.