Sunday, December 11, 2011

Upholding the skies above the land one stands


MashaAllah! Never had I imagined Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy wearing a traditional Malay dress! The honorable shaykh was in this region (in Singapore) this weekend (10 - 11 December 2011) for 'The Sacred Path of Love' event.

Unfortunately, I wasn't there. But subhanallah, I could smell the bakhur upon seeing a picture of the shuyukh paying respect at Habib Noh's maqam - speaking of the miracle of Habib Noh!

There is a Malay saying: 'Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit di junjung'. It roughly means we should uphold the skies above the land on which we stand. I think that reflects the gesture of Shaykh Ninowy wearing a Baju Melayu (Malay outfit for men) and looking very charming!

The theme for this year's event was 'Gateway to Gratitude'. And we quote from the organizer's Facebook, Shaykh Ninowy's saying:
"Don't think if you are healthy, you are not tested but when you are sick you are tested."

I think in essence what he was saying is that we must recognize Allah's presence in all circumstances. Just like what Habib Umar is quoted as saying on his Facebook today:
"To the extent that you love God, you hope for His closeness, pleasure, reward and nearness. You also fear being distant from Him, His rejection, chastisement, punishment and wrath to the degree you love God."
And both this "hope and awe relate to true love".

Shaykh Ninowy at Maqam Habib Noh
Singapore, Dec 2011
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