Pearls from Mathnavi (P. 5) - Parrot and the shopkeeper

Islahi Majlis, at Musjid ut Taqwa on January 29, 2018

In the Mathnavi Shareef, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R) mentions various anecdotes followed up by advices and guidance. In the story of ‘The Parrot and the Shopkeeper’, the shopkeeper’s beloved parrot stops talking after he beats it to baldness for spilling a bottle of almond oil, until the parrot sees a bald beggar and draws the conclusion that he too must have spilt a bottle of oil! Maulana Rumi (R) draws lesson and warns against being foolish like the parrot and making baseless comparisons. He gives various examples to show that conclusions cannot be drawn based merely on outward comparison, such as the wasp and the bee that both sit on nectar, yet one produces honey and the other a poisonous sting. Similarly, the Auliya Allah cannot be compared to ordinary people. Shaikh Zakariyya (R) explains, often people look at the latter part of their lives when Allah SWT has granted them many material bounties, but fail to look at their Mujahadah (sacrifice) in the earlier part of their lives. Lesson is taken from the eye-opening incident of the person who doubted Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar’s Wilayah due to his material wealth. Allah SWT has given the Auliya Allah different temperaments and approaches, and people will benefit from them in different ways. Making such comparisons is a detrimental spiritual malady that deprives a person of the Faidh of the Auliya Allah, and prevents progress in the path of reformation.

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