HE WHO HONOURS THE BEGGAR – the grace of asking and the trap of ‘knowing’

Camera 360The Prison & The Elixir
Knowing is the prison,
The poison of Love,

It is the state of asking,
Yearning and desiring
That is Love’s true elixir,

Or are you so deaf and blind
To your utter state of need
That knowing something
Gives you comfort?

Verily, such assurance
Is wildly deceptive!

Slide1It is not knowledge that we abhor. It is the state of ‘owning’ knowledge that we fear when we say “I know!” or “So I am informed!”. For goodness sake, what is it that we know? What is it that we are so well informed of? Is our knowledge complete? Is there none higher than us who may perhaps know better? Who knows best of all? Who understands us and this world with the minute knowledge and understanding that surpasses human conjecture? Who perhaps knows all this well enough simply because God created us and the rest of Creation for his sake? Praises and most high salutations upon him that we are speaking of!

Knowing stuff? Bah! We have come across many who ‘knows’ religion, wearing their knowledge like disguises, dresses and robes that they wear and take off according to their whim. A wardrobe of knowledge to fool the world and themselves. Allah (swt) save us from such hubris and deceit! Glory upon Allah (swt) for He protects his Habibullah (saws) from such error!

Upon your knees, my love. Abase your ego to the Knower. Prostrate yourself upon the altar of the Forgiver. Declare your need to the Nourisher and Sustainer. Ask for illumination from the Light. Seek love from the Lover. Seek peace from Peace. Seek all this from Allah as how the Rasulullah (saws) has shown you.

There is no shame in asking. For you are just asking questions to He who set the questions Himself. Really, He is simply replying to Himself. But you, for a moment in history, you have become an instrument of Divine Plan, an honoured servant of the Nation of Muhammad (saws).

Alhamdulillah, only Allah Almighty honours he who is begging and pleading!

beggingWith that in mind, how do we treat the beggar in the street? The orphan tugging at our sleeve, asking for change? We are that beggar that we ignore. We are the orphan that we spurn and turn aside from. Forgive us o’ Lord, when we wrong ourselves. Oh Lord High, how sublime is Your own Manners, how magnificent and munificent are Your own Courtesies! You are asking us to follow You, but how can we without You? Without Your Muhammad (saws) to lead us in every moment of our existence in this ego-centric world?

We ask Allah (swt) through the manifestation of Divine favours that is our beloved Nabi Muhammad (saws) to make us understand and submit to His plan, without the hubris of possession over such understanding. This is an important distinction to consider, 0′ my son, 0′ my daughter.

So go on, sunshine. Ask away. What? You are not a Muslim? You are a Jew, a Christian, a Hindu? An agnostic, an atheist? We will attend to such technical issues later, but for now He who asks to be asked is waiting for your questions, in the Garden of Love where the answers are poised in the cordial of His Mercy. For His Love for you is unparalleled and incomparable to any worldly love you may have tasted. So do not be shy in your asking…

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

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