"Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim..."
That I borrow from Pink & Nate Ruess' song - 'Just give me a reason.' That is exactly what Yasmin Mogahed says we should not do! Heh..heh.. That is let anyone steal our heart.
Put three things together, this weekend: Yasmin's book 'Reclaim Your Heart'; Hamza Yusuf's 'Purification of the Heart' and that song - a veil is lifted. And yes, we can learn to love again and love the right way, as expounded by Yasmin.
Although it is one fundamental point we have been hearing repeatedly from shuyukh from east to west, still we fail and fall sometimes by letting dunya and our false attachments to it occupy the heart, instead of the rightful owner of the heart - the One Lord.
But it's OK. Remember, if you have loved the wrong way, you can learn to love again :)
And if we only need just one reason, it is for Him, by Him and because of Him.
"This means you will love what He loves and not what He does not love. And when you do love, you will give to the creation - not for what you can get in return from them. You will love and you will give, but you will be sufficed from Him. And the one who is sufficed by God, is the richest and most generous of all lovers. Your love will be by Him, for Him and because of Him. That is the liberation of the self from servitude to any created thing. And that is freedom. That is happiness. That is love."
- Yasmin Mogahed
Have a pleasant weekend people.
Ahh... the song:
"Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second, we are not broken, just bent
And we can learn to love again"