Pearls from Mathnavi (P. 1) - Ayaaz & the jealous Ministers
The great Aalim and Wali Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R) is inspired world famous for his masterpiece of Islamic Poetry – ‘Mathnavi Shareef’. Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sb (R) had a great connection with the Mathnavi Shareef, from his teenage years and throughout his life, and has written a synopsis and commentary on the Mathnavi Shareef – ‘Ma’arif-e-Mathnavi’. The amazing thing about the Mathnavi Shareef is that it has been written in the form of incidents from which admonition, inspiration and advice is drawn. Through the stories of the King Mahmood and his slave Ayaaz, lessons pertaining to the Muhabbah of Allah SWT and how to be a loyal slave to Him are derived. Mahmood Ghaznawi was a courageous, powerful and pious king who bought Ayaaz on the basis of his golden quality of loyalty through which he became a close and beloved minister of the king. This attracted the jealousy of the other ministers who attempted to tarnish his image. On one such attempt Ayaaz’s noble practice of reminding himself of his humble background of slavery was exposed. The moral drawn from this incident for those in the path to Allah, is to never forget that we are His weak and transgressing servants. All the bounties we enjoy, including Hidayah and closeness to Allah SWT, are only by His Fadhl (Grace) and Rahmah (Mercy). We should beware of pride and not make claims of purity, piety and Taqwa; but be grateful for His favours and acknowledge that our good deeds are only by the Taufeeq which Allah SWT has granted.
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