Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Baaba Rahmatak": The Door of Your Mercy

So, speaking of time... Artistic Logic's last entry about quality vs quantity reminded me of this story:

Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, the great mystic, scholar and poet, relates:

There was once a man of humble existence who used to supplicate to God every single day with a great amount of zeal and sincerity. He would weep profusely during his prayers, singing the praises of the Most High, and calling upon His Majestic Names for his needs in the world. Every single day, without fail, he would do this, humbling himself in the midst of supplications, raising his arms to the sky and asking from his heart.

One day, a neighbor of this man who was a skeptic approached him and asked him: "I have seen you supplicating every day for dozens of years without fail. I have seen you spend many a day fasting, denying yourself of food and water, and many a night standing in prayer, denying yourself of the comfort of your bed. I have seen you call upon your Lord with humility and sincerity, begging and asking Him to fulfill your needs. You have done this for many years, but what have you gotten? What have your acts of worship earned you? Where is the answer to your supplications?"

Upon hearing these words, the man was deeply troubled, for indeed his neighbor had pointed out the obvious: that he, like the dutiful and obedient servant that he strove to be, had prayed for years and asked God to fulfill his various needs and desires of the world. He had not asked for much. He did not want the wealth of princes or the fame of generals but only enough to live comfortably. And wasn't his Lord's treasure endless? Surely, he was not asking for much and for Him to give what he had requested would not diminish him in the least. How could his Lord not respond to him all these years?

Sorely shaken and wearied, the man fell into a deep slumber. And as he dreamt that night, he was visited by the enigmatic Khidr [a wise prophet], who asked him: "Why have you stopped praying when you have been praying all these nights for so many years?"

The man said: "What is the use? I have been praying for so many years and I have not gotten a single thing that I have asked for. I have done no wrong to anyone, I have not asked for much, and yet I have not received an answer to my supplications."

Khidr replied: "For all of those years that you humbled yourself before your Lord, every time you prayed and supplicated, you were at the door of His Mercy. You thought your prayers weren't answered. But did you not consider that if you were already at the Door, what other position could you have wanted?"

And the man realized then that therein lay the answer to his prayers: it was the prayers themselves.


I hope we all reflect on this, and not only look for quality and understanding when we read our holy book, but also when we stand for prayer. And not only for this Ramadan, but for the rest of our lives. Remember, Ramadan is about building character and good habits and to carry that on throughout the your life, otherwise what value did your month of sacrifice have?

Sacrifice your time for it now, and see how time is returned to you. Because: every time you pray, you are at the door of God's mercy. and What better place could there be? So revel in it. Spend time in your prayer and take it slow. Invoke God's Mercy. If you don't feel peace at the end of it, do it over.

and over and over and over....

No compromise.

Wishing a blessed and generous Ramadan to ALL!!


JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

Alhamdulillah this is a beautiful post :)
it is so true . . . Just the fact that Allah is making us pray is a blessing from Allah. If He wanted he could have shun us away, but the hidayat that He has given us, and hopefully will give us in future as well, is the true blessing of Allah Paak.
and not just our namaz. . . But even the dua we make after the namaz is a form of ibadat. Yes, we should worship Him in the best of ways.
thanks for the lovely post :)

Constructive Attitude said...

I think it's stories and situations like these that we always need to be reminded of. We get so easily frustrated and upset and dont want to see the bigger picture.
Thanks for reminding us :)

JennyMac said...

This is a great post....and I learned alot.

I have an award for you on my site. :) Thanks for the reminder and my gracious apologies.

Artistic Logic said...

I was just reading about the power of Dhikr of Allah and something very sweet I found was how not only the person doing dhikr but even the one sitting next to them gets rewarded.

Cheryl said...

oh this was so sweet... i think i might cry a little.

Faith said...

me too
almost made me cry :)

LiLu said...

Aw, this is beautiful.

provoking invoking said...

i love crying =)
my next post might be about crying!!hah

Heckety said...

Thank you for this- I think its easy to forget that being in the presence of out God is the most important place.
Observation- my daughter arrived home very late last night as she forgot there was a big Match on and got caught in the traffic snarls. She went and banged on the door of her friend upstairs for some company, and because it is Rhamadan he was only just sitting down to eat so shared dinner with her. She was so thankful and cheered up considerably.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Thank you for sharing this...

I left you something to pick up...