Friday, May 13, 2011

Be not like water gushing aimlessly into the ocean


Bismillah.

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim in his recent sohbet called upon us to reflect on how small we are. Even our planet and the solar system in the galaxy that we are in are all plain small compared to the vastness of the Milky Way. There is not a scientist who could tell us the size of Allah’s creation in its entirety. The farthest point that they can witness is simply utter darkness while Allah is continually or rather continuously creating. Subhanallah! But Allah really need not create anything. He creates all for the honor of His Beloved, Habibullah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and He does so just so that we know who the Prophet is.

Our physical is nothing and we don’t even know our true identity. Allah lets the Prophet have the privilege of knowing the identity of each of His creation. That is how unique and extraordinary he is.

Mawlana said the world is small and it is like a fully loaded ship. Allah has created the world and He put us on it as His representatives. And we know above and beyond our position is Prophet Muhammad s.a.w

Although our physical existence is immaterial, Allah has granted us, through the prophet, divine knowledge that could bring us much honor and glory. We should take full advantage of this gift and use the knowledge to reach stations after stations where the rewards could only get better. Otherwise, we would be just like water gushing aimlessly into the oceans without giving any benefits to the vegetation or anything.

Instead we should be like water running through tree trunks giving fruits of all kinds. Many people fall in the first category but those who are 'water' giving nourishment to a garden of trees, flowers or fruits, will be honored.

If you belong with the second category of water, you must then adhere to a discipline. You must know your limits as prescribed by the shariah. Or else you will be like dirty water flowing to the oceans following shaytanic rules and when you arrive at the ocean, you will not be able to make your way back and you would be lost.

Follow the heavenly ways that you have been shown since the time of Prophet Adam a.s right through Prophet Muhammad s.a.w so that you will be happy here and in the hereafter.

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The above is my summary of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim's sohbet dated 6 May 2011. For a full unedited transcript please visit sufilive.com

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