Friday, November 30, 2012

Divine Allegory - God, the path and the rose of wisdom

You turned and you pointed, and when I looked in the direction You were indicating I saw a vast horizon of which I was unaware before. We stood at a great height and from here the
distant sea was visible with its sparkling reflections of light...

A Friend. Thus wrote a friend, the beginning of a short-short story. It is nice to meet a friend. Yafiah Katherine dropped by recently and as is the norm, I returned the courtesy and paid a visit to her at her site entitled Wild Dervish Writes - a Sufi Look At Life. If you would like to know how the prose ends, you may visit her by clicking on the picture below. She is also an author, a postgraduate presently doing her thesis and invites you to swot on Sufi books that have influenced and inspired her. You may glean such tomes here in her Amazon Sufi Book Store.

Hikmah. In this short and often ill-used life of mine, I have at least found out certain hikmah (wisdom) through observation and also rolling through the mire of my mistakes and error. Oh, it is not something extraordinary or secret. The hikmah is there, apparent as the Sun, and perhaps just as blinding (obvious). 

God speaks in Allegories. In the Holy Quran, verse 24;35, God says that He speaks to mankind in allegories. And this is how my friend Yafiah is speaking to me and you, through her stories and prose. Now the trick of it all is for me to realise that God is speaking to us all the time in allegories. He weaves His story and His Love and Lesson all around us. He's is all there for us to be aware. But being aware is the hardest bit of all, especially when we are tested...

Forgotten Allegories
I forgot that God was speaking to me in allegories 
when I was scolded and came away bitter and angry. 
I forgot that God was speaking to me in allegories 
when my hopes were broken and I felt myself broken. 
I forgot that God was speaking to me in allegories 
when in the middle of nowhere my car had a flat tire. 
I forgot that God was speaking to me in allegories  
when I became ill and felt my body on fire. 
I forgot that God was speaking to me in allegories 
when I came to money and ill-used all my wealth.
God speaks to me in allegories all the time
But how easy it was for me to forget! 

Hindsight. Of course, in hindsight, we inevitably learn and realise the truth. That the 'good' and 'bad' occurrences in our lives are nothing if not God speaking to us. Then we are able to find the balance, and read what God intended us to understand all along. The trick and wisdom is for us to realise this truth without hindsight, and realise it as it happens...

A Rose of Wisdom. This is the Rose of Wisdom that I seek from God. I am told that such divine bloom can be found in the Garden of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.). Now that I know of this rose, I am asking for it. Can you show me the way to the Garden, sunshine?

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way


Yafiah said...

Thank you for your kind words, Taufiq. You are a true brother on the path. The image you chose above suits my little bit of prose so well that it's almost as if I imagined it just like that as I was writing. It's a great encouragement to continue writing whenever I can take a break from the academic work.

Sending you roses from England ~ Yafiah

Milky Tea said...

Well... we gotta stick together! God bless you and thank you for the roses. I wish all the very best for everything known and unknown.

Pax Taufiqa.