Map of the Hidden Saints and Devils
In the worst country,
And in the worst region of that country,
And in the worst city of that region,
And in the worst neighbourhood of that city
You will find a great Saint of God,
In the best country,
And in the best region of that country,
And in the best city of that region,
And in the best neighbourhood of that city
You will find a great minion of the Devil.
The eternal balance of the cosmos, as depicted by the Chinese symbol of ying-yang, and by the Hindu contemplative churning of the Milk Ocean is forever depicted by two opposing halves of reality, the good and the bad - the truthful and saintly in a protracted and continuing cosmic struggle against the deceitful and villainous.
The Light and the Shadow.
So aspirants of the spiritual path, in whatever religion, have often been warned - near the holiest and most saintly of teachers, evil treads not more than seven paces behind the good man. And it is also true for the worst and despicable creatures amongst men, for not more than seven paces behind him walks a saint of God, whether in spirit or physically there, to balance the cosmic scale of good and evil.
These dual scenario is played out again and again in the holiest sites of religion all over the world. And no place is an exception. As one Sufi Grand Shaykh once noted, "The Devil can and does come before the Holy Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca itself, a malevolent spirit hiding amidst the faithful thousands who come to Mecca to worship God."
The role of saints are to attend to sinners, and to hold spiritual clinics for the spiritually needy. Sometimes this happens in homes, mosques, temples and churches. But often, the spiritually needy are not there, and the saints would then need to go down to the ground to help those whose lives are blighted by oppression of the human ego, whether it is their own ego, or the rampant egos of other human beings. This tend to happen quietly and the agenda is hidden. Ordinary folks would then, uninformed as to the true nature of the Saint's mission, judge the Saint by his action - Look, he associates with drug-dealers and gang members! Look, he is at a club and spending time with bankers and politicians! Oh, how scandalous! Thus some people inadvertently commit slander because they forget an important Sufi adage -
A place, any place, is honoured and blessed
by the presence of an honoured and blessed Awliya Allah (Friend of God).
Right, that's about enough, sunshine. I hope there is something useful for someone in this extended bla-bla-bla. I just enjoy the writing. Hehehe.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way