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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

~The Whispering Prayer of the Lovers~

Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and Love.

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived:
Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love.
One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so
all constructed boats and left except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the
last
possible moment. When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask
for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,

"Richness, can you take me with you?"

Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in
my
boat. There is no place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful
vessel.

"Vanity, please help me!"

"I can't help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,"
Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, "Sadness, let me go with you."

"Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not
even hear when Love called her. Suddenly, there was a voice,

"Come, Love, I will take you." It was an elder.

So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they
were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way.
Realizing how much was owed the elder,

Love asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who Helped me?"

"It was Time," Knowledge answered.

"Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered,

"Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is."

Love (Hubb) in Islam

By: Khalid Dhorat (Mawlana)

What is love and how does one achieve it?

Love is something so complex that no words can define it. There are
many
meanings and forms and types of 'love.'

Does the love for others mean kindness and affection, having moral
nobility, and human respect, not a means of satisfying carnal desires
and material whims?

Is true love for others a feeling of affection which is free of
motivation, pollution of thought, selfishness, and material interests?

Is love conformant with the loftiness of spirit, the purity of mind,
and
intensity different for human beings than it is for the remainder of
the
animal kingdom?

Does love remove the quality of animalism and savagery from an
individual, give assurance and security, create an environment of peace
and joy, and make life attractive and pleasant?

Concept of love in Islam

In Islam, love is first for Allah, occupying the heart and conscience
in
such a way that it overwhelms everything else. It was reported from a
sage:

"I never saw a thing but I saw Allah before it, after it, and along
with
it."

The Glorious Qur'an says:

"The believers are stauncher in (their) love for Allah."

(Qur'an Al Baqaarah 2:165)

Second, the faithful harbour an intense love for Nabi Muhammad
(Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam). This love in manifested by an
desire to follow and imitate his example. The Glorious Qur'an says:

"Say (O' Our Nabi) If ye do love Allah, then follow me,

Allah will love you and forgive you your sins;

Verily, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

(Qur'an Ali Imran 3:31)

Third, Islam advocates brotherly love in faith. Human beings can live
in
blessing and kindness so long as they love each other, show
trust-worthiness, and behave according to truth and fairness. This
brotherly love in faith also establishes good relations in society when
it is done with sincerity and affection. In short, heartfelt love is
simply sharing Islam. It is reported that a person was sitting beside
Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam) when his friend
happened to passed by. This man told Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi
Waalihi Wasallam):

"I love that man for the sake of Allah."

Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wa Salam) asked him if he had
told his friend that, and the man answered in the negative. The man
stood up, stopped his friend, and told him,

"I love you for the sake of Allah."

His friend replied:

"I love you the way you love for His sake."

It is reported that Allah loves that His servant salute one another
clearly and openly.

This is the love in Islam.

No words can define it.

It's something so enigmatic, that only Allah could design it and He
alone comprehends it.

Wonder of wonders, it is beyond man's conception.

Only in Allah can love find true perfection,

for love is enduring, patient and kind.

It judges all things with the heart, not the mind.

Love can transform the most commonplace into beauty and splendor and
sweetness and grace.

Love is unselfish, giving more than it takes, being unconditional and
unhampered by environment.

Love never forsakes, it's faithful and trusting, truthful.

It is guileless and honest and never deceiving. Love is Allah's Divine
Gift.

Comparison to love of the world

On the other hand, there is the love of the world.

Love of the world leads to a stage where a person can not see anything

but the world before it, after it, and along with it.

Every thought and action is for some worldly gain. Such a person cannot
devote himself to pious deeds for more than a few days.

It is reported that this world is like sea water.

The more one drinks of it, the more one gets thirsty.

If this self-love is reinforced, it becomes more intense,

exceeds the limit of expediency, and consequently turns into egoism

and selfishness; producing great evil,

polluting the person with many vices which leads to the violation of
the
rights of others,

and promoting anti-human deeds. The only love between a man and a woman
that achieves fruition is that between a husband and a wife.

The love and compassion between a husband and a wife is a gift from
Allah, and a loving wife finds happiness in obeying her husband.

In our world, there can be no value in anything that does not earn
Allah
's good pleasure. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to confine our
efforts to seeking the next world, for this world has no value to us.
We
ask the Mighty Lord to purify our hearts, and to brighten us with faith
- Ameen.

The Whispering Prayer of the Lovers

" O Allah, who can have tasted the sweetness of Thy love,

then wanted another in place of Thee?

Who can have become intimate with thy nearness,

Then sought removal from Thee?

O my Allah, place us with him whom thou hast chosen for Thy nearness
and
Thy friendship,

Purified through Thy affection and Thy love,

Given yearning for the meeting with Thee,

Made pleased with Thy face,

Shown the favor of Thy good pleasure,

Given refuge from separation from Thee and Thy loathing,

Settled in a sure sitting place in Thy neighborhood,

Singled out for true knowledge of Thee,

Made worthy for worship of Thee,

Whose heart Thou hast captivated with Thy will,

Whom Thou hast picked for contemplating Thee,

Whose breast Thou hast freed for Thy love,

Whom Thou hast made desirous of what is with Thee,

Inspired with Thy remembrance,

Allotted thanksgiving to Thee,

Occupied with obeying Thee,

Turned into one of Thy righteous creatures,

Chosen for whispered prayer to Thee,

And from whom Thou hast cut off all things

Which cut him off from Thee!

O Allah, place us among those whose habit is rejoicing in Thee and
yearning for Thee, whose time is spent in sghing and moaning!

Their foreheads are bowed down before Thy mightiness,

Their eyes wakeful in Thy service,

Their tears flowing in dread of Thee,

Their hearts fixed upon Thy love,

Their cores shaken with awe of Thee.

O He, the lights of whose holiness induce wonder in the eyes of His
lovers,

The glories of whose face arouse the longing of the hearts of His
knowers!

O Furthest Wish of the hearts of the yearners!

O Utmost Limit of the hopes of the lovers!

I ask from Thee love for Thee,

Love for those who love Thee,

Love for every work which will enjoin me to Thy nearness,

And that Thou makest Thyself more beloved to me

Than anything other than Thee

And makest my love for Thee

Lead to Thy good pleasure,

And my yearning for Thee

protect against disobeying Thee!

Oblige me by allowing me to gaze upon Thee,

Gaze upon me with the eye of affection and tenderness,

Turn not away Thy face away from me, and make me one of the people of
happiness with Thee and favored position!

Authour : Uknown

Taken from www.islam-online.net

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