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The False Claim of Love

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Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) has related a story in his Mathnavi Sharief : A man glanced at a woman and so taken was he with her beauty that he told her : “My eyes have never beheld such beauty. I have fallen so deeply in love with you that I have eyes for you and for you alone.”

The woman told him : “If that be the case, you should see my sister, who is far more beautiful. She is walking right behind us.”

The person immediately turned his face to see the sister, only to receive one slap from the former, who said to him : “Just now you claimed such love for me …that you had eyes for only me. …Is this the proof of your love?”

This then is the insincerity of the lovers of sensuality.


subheading-iconSensual Love

The lovers and admirers of sensuality are masters in the art of lies and thus very shallow in their sincerity. They claim love with their tongues – that life will not be life except with their beloved ones. Would that we knew what Love is … the genuine thing.

These fools, who today claim that they have eyes for only their beloveds and who promise the world as proof of their love …what becomes of them tomorrow when their eyes behold another ? What becomes of their ardent love when old age and ill-health passes over the faces and bodies of their beloveds ?

Whilst sensual love is fickle and superficial, the love of Allah is for always… It will never wither; it will never die.

My Sheikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) has, in poetry, most splendidly and eloquently, presented true love.

If there is any true love, then it is
The eternal love of the Ever-Living Lord,
The love of a perishing beauty is always a temporary one.
O Akhtar ! Do not be deceived by any charms
Of the Universe,
Rather remain in love with (Allah),
The Creator of the Universe
In this temporary  world.

The point being made by Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) is that we too make loud and bold claims of having sincere love for Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) , but the moment some Haraam temptation is presented to us, we turn our heart’s attention to nafs and Shaytaan and quite simply forget our ‘love’ for Allah.

We then give our hearts to a beautiful face, or we succumb to the Haraam acquisition of some material object, be it gold, silver, property, etc. or we trample the laws of Shariah for some worldly power.

…What becomes then of our ardent love for Allah when we choose ‘ghairullah’ (anything other than Allah) above Him ?

“More preferable in my sight is the patient silence
Of my deep love for You;
Than the loud exclamation of Love;
For often indeed the loud claims of a lover,
Emanate from a breast with no effect and no depth.”

We should ponder over our insincerity… This realization would suffice in silencing our false claims.

To revert to the discussion at hand : different opinions were given and these opinions were given by those who were great Sufis… true sufis… genuine sufis. Divine lovers were presenting expositions of Divine Love, from experience.

They were not ordinary Muslims who fulfil the rights of Allah Ta’ala (be it the performance of Salaah, fasting in the month of Ramadaan, the payment of Zakaat, recitation of the Qur`aan Sharief, etc.) with an attitude that such rights are an ‘obligation’ and ‘duty’.

These were true lovers of Allah Ta’ala, whose Ibaadah was neither motivated by fear of punishment nor the desire for reward. Their sole intent was to earn His Pleasure. Thus, their Ibaadah was a sincere expression of their deep love for Allah. Therefore, their opinions were valid opinions.

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