Fleeing from Love
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote:
“Are you fleeing from love because of a single humiliation?
What do you know of love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
And is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Since love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
It has no interest in a disloyal companion.
The human being resembles a tree;
Your root is a covenant with God:
That root must be cherished with all one’s might.
A feeble covenant is a rotten root, without grace or fruit.
Though the boughs and leaves of the date palm are green,
Greenness brings no benefit if the root is corrupt.
If a branch is without green leaves, yet has a good root,
A hundred leaves will put forth their hands in the end.”