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THE STORY OF THE 'NIGHT RUBY LAMP' AND THE WATER COW

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The aquatic cow or bull brings forth pearls from the water at night and grazes in the meadows, consuming the iris and odoriferous plants. For this reason its faeces are amber in colour as a result of its feeding upon such delicate and exquisite plants like narcissus, nelofar and other sweet-smelling plants.

Maulana Rumi (R.A.) mentioned this. Thereafter he states a very precious thing. He says that just as the aquatic bull's food is the cause of bringing forth sweet-smelling scent, likewise the one whose food consists of Zikr and the obedience to Allah will produce from his lips such words which will be indeed very effective.

"He whose diet consists of Zikr and obedience to God,
Why should his words not become effective?"

Furthermore the aquatic cow grazes in the light of the jewel until it moves far away from the pearl. A trader comes along with the aim of taking possession of the pearl. He takes black mud and throws it over the pearl. As a result of this the entire meadow becomes dark as the mud now stops the rays of the pearl from spreading. Meanwhile, the cow walks about in the grazing field in order to attack the opponent with its horns but the opponent sits quite safely among the trees. When the cow despairs of attacking the enemy, it returns to the spot where the pearl is kept, but only sees the mud which now covers the pearl, and runs away.

Maulana Rumi (R.A.) after mentioning the above incident gives a beautiful piece of advise. He says that Shaitaan too, seeing the earthly form of Hazrat Adam (A.S.) fled like that animal fled on seeing the mud which had covered the ruby. He refused to prostrate before Hazrat Adam (A.S.) as Allah Taala had commanded. Instead he raised an objection stating that he was created of fire, which rises high and is therefore superior to Hazrat Adam (A.5.) who was created of dust. The wretched Iblis could not understand that within the earthly form was hidden the soul of him who was to become the vicegerent of Allah Taala i.e. Nabi Adam (A.S.).

" With the command of Allah Taala to Adam (A.S.):
'Get thee down', the soul of Hazrat Adam (A.S.)
Was placed in his body made of earth and water. "

Maulana Rumi continues, "O friends, discard this search after comforts and avoid these arguments and debates And become involved with sulook, as following of lustful desires is the destruction of men. For just as Iblees was unaware of what lay inside the earthly form So also the aquatic cow was unaware that the pearl was under the mud. "

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Lesson from this Story

Similarly is the position of the foolish ones of this age, who look at the external poverty and indigent condition of the Ahlullah (saints of Allah) and then compare their condition with their own beautiful mansions and splendid clothing and thus become deceived by these material things. They fail to understand, that treasures lie buried in that ruined condition. Further they fail to understand that in that state of worldly deprivation lies the riches and in that state of madness is hidden true intelligence and wisdom. In other words, the Saints of Allah have their sole contact with Allah and one should not be deceived by their poverty. May Allah guide those opponents of the Saints who flee from them.

The conclusion to the story is this: The trader is looking from the tree at the water cow and waiting for the foolish one to become fed up with the mud and turn towards the water, so that he may take the pearl out of the mud and return home successful.

Similarly, in acquiring benefit from the Awliyaa-Allah, one should not look upon their earthly bodies. Rather they should smell the fragrance of Allah from their souls. They should do what Majnoon did when he heard that Layla had passed away. He went to the graveyard, crying long and bitterly, smelled the sand of every grave and when he finally smelled the sand of Layla's grave, he declared: "This is Layla's grave."

Maulana Rumi (R.A.) speaks of this when he says,
"Like Majnoon I too smell the dust till I find the sand of Layla (i.e. true saints of Allah)
The true seekers of Allah got the fragrance of the Master
From the fragrance of His true devotees and lovers."

By attending a few "majlises" and gatherings, he realises that within the heart which is in that body is the nisbat or contact with Allah Taala.

Once on a journey, Rasulullah said to the Sahabah: "I am smelling the fragrance of Allah from the direction of Yemen ". That was the fragrance of Hazrat Uwais Qarni (R.A.), who was a great Saint of Allah living in the village of Qarn in Yemen. He was a True Lover of Allah and His Messenger. He could not present himself before Rasulullah $as he was busy in the service of his mother.

"Said the Prophet: From the direction of Yemen in the air,
I smell the fragrance of Allah. "

According to a Hadith, Rasulullah said: "Verily I find the smell of the Rahman (The Merciful One) from the direction of Yemen. "

Even today, the True Lovers and Seekers after Allah find the smell of Allah from the Saints and they are not embarrassed or shy to gain benefit from them.

Maulana Rumi (R.A.)says:
"O Ye enemy of love and shame, come to Me.
I have ripped to pieces the curtain of shame
Which prevents obedience to Divine Command."

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