Pearls from the Mathnavi (P.23) -
A prominent theme in the Mathnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R) is that of Layla and Majnun, based on the epic love story. Through the story of ‘Majnun and the camel’, an important lesson is conveyed that when the nafs, which is our conveyance, perceives our loss of focus, it drifts away towards its beloveds i.e. bad habits and temptations, at the expense of reaching the true beloved – Allah SWT! When a person comes to his senses, he becomes despondent and frustrated, realising he is back at square one, having made no progress in the Path to Allah SWT. Don’t become so heedless in this journey that your nafs takes you on a roundabout, bringing you back to the starting point of all your wrongs! In the story of ‘Majnun writing Layla’s name on the sand’, Maulana Rumi (R) admonishes, ‘O Mu’min, is your love for Allah less than the love of Majnun for Layla?’ Layla is a perishable being who will be reduced to dust in the qabr! How splendid and unimaginable must be the beauty of Allah SWT who created all beauty! Maulana Rumi (R) further draws the lesson that if Majnun could take consolation in writing the name of Layla in the sand, O believing servant of Allah, can you not take consolation in taking the name of Allah? The Zikr of Allah gives one inner consolation and peace of mind and will actually take one to The Beloved! Nabi (SAW) exhorted in a Hadith: ‘Make so much Zikr that hypocrites say a person is “Majnun” (mad).’ The Ahlullah with the Zikr of ‘Allah!’ release the inner ‘steam’ of Allah’s Muhabbah, the power of which would otherwise cause their hearts’ to burst open!
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