Pearls from the Mathniavi (P.21) - Majnoon and the dog from the street of Layla
Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R) makes mention of incidents regarding Majnun and Layla, showing the futility of Ishq-Majazi (the love of perishable things) and directing towards Ishq-Haqiqi – true love which is only for Allah SWT. In the incident related from the Mathnavi Sharif, Majnun expresses his love for the dog of Layla’s street – a strange sight for the people at that time! Nowadays, love for pets supersedes love for parents and even children, which are viewed as an encumbrance of the hedonistic lifestyles in pursuit of pleasure and enjoyment. Maulana Rumi (R) infers from this incident that the love for Allah should be such that everything associated with the Beloved should become beloved! The reality of Ishq-Majazi is that it is temporary and superficial – once the beauty fades, the ‘love’ perishes. The exception are those whom Allah has made permissible to love e.g. one’s wife, children, family and friends which is included in love for Him. Real love is Ishq-Ilahi (love for Allah SWT), as He does not perish and all qualities of perfection are found in Him alone! The quality of a Mu’min is to have deep love for Allah SWT and the demand of that love is that anything which has a Nisbah (connection) with Allah also becomes beloved. The sign of true love is that a person will not have any ill-feeling or negative thoughts regarding that which has Nisbah to that which is beloved, e.g. People of the Haramain Shareefain, family of Nabi (SAW), the family of one’s Spiritual Mentor, Arab people, etc.
|« special-2019-09-15-AfterFajr-Nurul-Islam-Lenasia||None||Jump onto the Ark of Salvation »|