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From a Tarbiyyah Lesson :

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“O Allah, I ask for Your Love, and the Love of that person who loves You and of those actions which attract Your Love.”

My respected and honourable Sheikh, Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb [Daamat Barakaatuhum] imparted to us the commentary of this dua of Nabi .

Hazrat Maulana stated that Maulana Sayyed Sulaiman Nadwi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) had explained that a chain has links that inter-join to form the chain. To illustrate :OOO

Thus, 3 components form this dua. We ask of Allah, 3 things :

  1.  His Love.
  2.  The love of His Lovers.
  3.  And the love of those actions which are the means to      procuring His Love.

Like the chain with its links, we have three inter-joining requests. The link on the right hand side is the Love of Allah; the link in the centre represents the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala) and the link to the left-hand side signifies the A’maal (actions) that lead to Divine Love. The central link is a must, without which makes the acquisition of the wealth of Ishq-e-Ilaahi very difficult to obtain.

The Muhabbat of Allah is most easily acquired from those who have, within their hearts, Divine Love. If one sincerely establishes a ‘Ta’alluq’ (relationship) with one who has deep love for Allah Ta’ala, then this relationship is akin to the centre link of the chain which then links the A’maal required, to the love of Allah Ta’ala.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) had said : ‘A person is on the Deen of his friend.’ The direction his friend goes, he too will inevitably follow. Thus, if we, insignificant ones, befriend the friends of Allah, we will, in following them also be able to reach Allah.

Hazrat Dr. Abdul Hay Saheb (Rahmatullah ‘alaih), who was a senior Khalifa of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullah ’alaih), was wont to say :

“There is only one way to meet Him (Allah),
Seek the road from those who
have already found Him.”

An analogy in regard to the same is that of a train which consists of first class coaches, second class coaches and third class coaches. Whilst the first class coaches consist of luxury seats and amenities, the third class coaches are a far cry with their uncomfortable, worn out and torn seats, broken windows and squeaking hinges.

In spite of this, if the third class coach is firmly secured to the first class coach, then it will reach the same destination of the first class coach. Similarly, if ‘third class’ saalikeen, like us, have to connect ourselves with ‘first class’ Mashaa`ik and Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala), then we too will go where they go. 

However, the link must be firm and strong : obedience and following the teachings of the Sheikh is essential. As has been stated, the Sheikh too has to be ‘first class’; meaning, he must not be a fraudulent, deceitful one, motivated by greed and lust, and lacking, in his own life, obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul e. His teachings must only be that which is contained in the Qur`aan Sharief and Sunnah.

Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) has cited a beautiful parable in his Mathnavi Sharif which correlates to the above :

He makes mention a story of a thorn that laid its complaint before Allah Ta’ala, stating that due to its abject insignificance and due to the fact that it had absolutely no worth, it feared that it would be discarded and thrown out of the garden, and thus left deprived of the fragrant company of the beautiful rose.

So the thorn was advised that it should remain attached to the rose. In so doing, not only will it always enjoy the company of the rose but it would also fetch the same price as that of the rose. And wherever the rose would go, so too would the thorn go.

Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) then explains that there are many of us amongst humanity who are just thorns. However, that thorn which has concern regarding its protection, safety and well being, must keep company with the roses amongst mankind : The Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala), the Auliya-Allah.

In so doing, the benefit which accrues to the rose will also accrue to the thorn. …Since these friends of Allah Ta’ala are the residents of Jannat (Heaven in Urdu), Insha-Allah, we thorns will also find our way there, because Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief:

“Enter you, then, among My honoured slaves, and enter you My paradise!”
[Surah Fajr 89 : 29/30]

Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) has also presented a most impressive and wonderful comparison. He explained, after having observed the sand of the gold mines in South Africa, that the sand which remained in the company of gold, became ‘golden’ in colour. So too, one will notice that the sand which contains coal, becomes black in colour.

After presenting this illustration, Hazrat then compared the ‘golden sand’ to the person who sincerely befriends and associates with the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala). Such a person will not only acquire the same colouring of ‘gold’, he will become gold.

Thus, in due course; on establishing ties with the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala), it becomes extremely easy to do those deeds that are righteous, virtuous and pleasing to Allah Ta’ala, and likewise it becomes easy to abstain from sins. One obtains the required courage to give up sins and practise on the Shariah.

Added to this, the ingredient of Ikhlaas (sincerity) which makes ones A’maal worthy of acceptance can only be obtained from the hearts of these Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala), in their company.

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