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August 3, 2005

Story Time #5


kr’s note: I added a Table of Contents at the top of the page for easy reference to old posts–also so that it’s clear that a given post falls under a certain category…


edit at 12:12 pm: Thanks to Yahya for this amazingly insightful comic.



1. from “Fihi Ma Fihi” by Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi


Moses was forced to involve himself with the prople. Even though he was at God’s command and was totally preoccupied with God, one side of him was made to be concerned with the people’s welfare. Khidr, on the other hand, was made to be totally preoccupied with himself in relation to God. The Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) was first allowed to be totally preoccupied with himself, but later he was commanded to summon the people, give good advice, and rectify their condition. The Prophet wept and wailed, “O Lord, what sin have I committed? Why do You drive me from Your presence? I do not want to be involved with people.” Then God said, “Muhammad, grieve not, for I will not let you become totally involved with people. In that very involvement you will be with Me. Being with Me as you are now will not be lessened one iota when you are concerned with the people. In every act you do you are in total union with Me.”


2. Imam `Ali (may God be pleased with him) would sometimes go to the battlefield on the back of a mule. Someone once asked him, “Why do you ride on a mule? Is it because you are afraid of falling? A horse would carry you much faster.”


`Ali replied: “A mule is slow and steady. When I lead it into the thickest of the fight, it remains quiet there while I am engaged with the enemy.


“Then again, I never turn my back to the enemy and run away from him. Nor do I pursue a fleeing foe. Why should I then pursue a horse to a mule?”

3. Some men who were envious of Rabiyah al-`Adawiyyah’s (may God have mercy on her) fame came to her one day and said, “Throughout the world the finest virtues have always adorned the person of men; women have possessed none of them. It is men and not women who have astonished the earth by the display of superhuman power. How then have you inherited this spiritual eminence?”


Rabiyah replied, “All that you claim may be correct, but can you name a single woman in the entire world who being puffed up with vanity has claimed Godhead and asked the people to worship her? Arrogance is the peculiar virtue of your male gender, not of women.”


 


 

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18 Comments
  1. wery nice. u should post the questions of Bayazid Bustami.

  2. Anonymous permalink

    ure such a sufi..
    there is a myth that is being said of how Khidr (a) is alive.. Is that true?

  3. Anonymous permalink

    Arrogance is the peculiar virtue of your male gender, not of women. — nice

  4. Anonymous permalink

    no time to read it…but im sure its good…
    nigger-ul-haq

  5. this is so weird.. i was just thinking of the same discourse you cite from Fihi ma Fihi as i set out to write a few minutes ago… Rumi is quite the inspiration, i must say…speaking of inspiration, props on mentioning Rabi’a, who is simply amazing… everyone should def read her stuff, especially the females, cuz she says it all, mA… start with Doorkeeper of the Heart…yarhamuhumullah.-IJB

  6. this is so weird.. i was just thinking of the same discourse you cite from Fihi ma Fihi as i set out to write a few minutes ago… Rumi is quite the inspiration, i must say…speaking of inspiration, props on mentioning Rabi’a, who is simply amazing… everyone should def read her stuff, especially the females, cuz she says it all, mA… start with Doorkeeper of the Heart…yarhamuhumullah.-IJB

  7. Is Rabiyah al-`Adawiyyah the same as Rabia Basri or are they different people?

  8. to zabeha: no, ive not heard that…
    to asad: yes, they’re the same person… at least according to my understanding.

  9. Anonymous permalink

    ooh ccartoooons

  10. Anonymous permalink

    rabia al adawiya = amazing
    though i never understood why they call her rabia basri…its not like she was married to hasan basri..weird..

  11. I liked that piece from ‘Fihi ma fihi’: In every act you do you are in total union with Me.
    Wasn’t Rabia Basri referred to as such because her city of origin was Basra?  

  12. yes, in classical times, people had their place of origin as part of their title… hence how we remember Imam al-Nawawi (from the village of Nawa), Imam Bukhari (from Bukhara), etc. to the point wherein most people dont even remember their real names (Abu Zakariyyah Yahya b. Sharaf al-Hizaami and Abu Abdullah Muhammad b. Ismail b. Ibrahim b. Al-Mughirah b. Bardizbah al-Ju`fi, respectively). in those days, honoring your place of origin was paramount, demonstrated by how these relatively “small” places became famous due to their famous sons and daughters…
    …which is why she is known as Rabiyah al-Basri and Rabiyah al-`Adawiyyah

  13. Anonymous permalink

    From:The Haba’ibFrom: MSN NicknameAbdullah1488 Sent: 7/28/2005 9:25 AMone reliable spiritual person (who has helped me alot personnally, so this is true without a speck of a doubt) told me there is a dhkir gathering that takes place and al khidr a.s leads it but not anybody can enter it as there are 2 guards outside and they look at your heart to see if you have been remembering allah in your heart if they think you are fit they allow you else not obviously.its somewhere like in yemen or somewhere.Cant remember salaams————————————–Ibn Kathir says that Al-Khidr (as) is not alive and he has his evidences, but Allahu alim. Refer to Ibn Kathir’s Stories of the Prophets

  14. Anonymous permalink

    zabeha pork/kingmycenae, ive heard that before. from what ive read, it’s not true. refer to sahih bukhari…the hadith on where Rasul(SAW) was leading salah(isha i think) and he said (paraphrasing) no one present on the earth on that night will live past 100 years.

  15. Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
    Jazakallahu kheir for the comment. And Masha’Allah brother…you’ve gone all out with your xanga, what with the table of contents and site disclaimer. You might as well start your own publications insha’Allah. Well anways…take care and props on the interesting posts.
    Wa’assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

  16. Anonymous permalink

    Mashallah your post was good

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