Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Be happy when you are sad


O son, do not be despondent when you are sad. We admit that the previous sentence is a tautology but we mean it. You should be happy when you are visited by sadness because there is much good in it. Wallahi in hindsight, we cherished those moments of despair, of sorrow, all the tears, everything. Alhamdulillah ala kulli hal.

From Jila' al- Khatir (Purification of the Mind) we quote Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (May Allah be well pleased with him). May the shaykh be not displeased with us if we have misquoted him. And for some reasons which we know not, we keep on quoting him. 

He said:
"Sadness is a cloud that showers on the hearts various kinds of wisdom and secrets. Why do you not endure with patience, sadness and heartbreaking when Allah has said in one of His utterances: 'I am with those whose hearts are broken on account of Me.' Whenever the hearts are broken because of remoteness, the setter of nearness comes and sets them. Whenever they become estranged from the creatures, intimacy with Allah comes to them. Whenever they become alienated from the creatures, they seek the intimacy of the nearness of Allah. The longer their sorrow in this world lasts the longer will their happiness be in the hereafter."

Translator credit: Prof Shetha al-Dargazelli & Dr Louay Fatoohi

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