Pearls from Mathnavi (P. 16) - The elephant and her calf
The anecdote from the Mathnavi Shareef of Maulana Rumi (R) is discussed in which the life of a Murid is saved by following the advice of his Shaikh to not eat elephant meat. The lesson drawn out of this story is that the advice of elders is based on some vision and foresight, therefore should not be disregarded, no matter how strange it may appear. In matters of Deen, following the advice of the Shaikh is obligatory. When it comes to worldly matters, a person may do what he feels is appropriate, however many a times those who did not accept the Mashwara of the Shaikh suffered some worldly loss. In the anecdote, the instinctive love placed in even wild animals for their offspring is seen, as the elephant attacks those who harmed her calf. Maulana Rumi (R) warns that similarly, those who interfere with Allah SWT’s beloveds – the Ahlullah, will incur His wrath. Allah SWT affords the person who sins or transgresses against Him many opportunities for repentance. However, according to the Hadith of Nabi (SAW), Allah SWT declares war against the person who becomes an enemy of His friends! Admonition is taken from the incidents of the man who tried to humiliate Imam Abu Hanifah (R) and the lady who denigrated Hazrat Shah Raipuri (R) and Hazrat Shaikh Zakariyya (R). According to the Ulama, it is feared that the person who has enmity or causes harm to the Ahlullah, even if outwardly pious, will meet an evil end, Allah forbid!
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