Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Solomon's Ring


It is said that when Solomon lost his ring of power and wisdom he said 'Alhamdulillah' (All praise be to God) And when he found the ring, then also he said 'Alhamdulillah.' When Solomon was asked about the mystery of uttering the words of praise on such dissimilar occasions he replied, "The praise was more on the basis of the state of my heart, which was unaltered on both occasions. The heart was neither distressed at its loss nor overjoyed at its recovery."
Solomon's ring was an outer token of inner remembrance and stability.

From: Solomon's Ring. The Life and Teachings of a Sufi Master by Gul Hassan. Translated from Urdu by Hasan Askari.

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