Pearls from Mathnavi (P. 17) - The thirsty person and the wall
The anecdote from the Mathnavi Shareef of Maulana Rumi (R) is discussed in which a thirsty person dismantles a wall brick-by-brick in order to reach the water. Through this anecdote, Maulana Rumi (R) explains that every Mu’min should experience a thirst to reach and be close to Allah SWT, however the ‘wall’ of the nafs has to first be demolished. The thirsty person derives enjoyment from the sound of the bricks hitting the water, similarly pleasure will be derived in the effort of breaking the nafs and drawing closer to Allah SWT. Mujahadah is the process of destroying the ‘wall’ of the nafs by removing sinful desires and reducing even the lawful desires which could prove an obstacle in reaching Allah. Hazrat Khwaja Azizul Hasan Majzub (R) describes in poetry the experience of being close to Allah SWT, likening it to ‘Jannah’, the garden of the heart being in full blossom! In difficult moments and in happy moments, He is always in the remembrance of Allah and the beautiful melody of Allah SWT saying ‘I am near’ rings in his ears. At all times, he is in a state of blessed communion with Allah, what better can there be for a person?! The challenges a Believer endures are therefore of great benefit and should be celebrated with the acknowledgement that it is out of Allah’s love and a means of drawing close to Him!
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