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THE STORY OF HAZRAT SAFOORA (A.S.)

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The "Tajalli" of Allah Taala (noor-light) which was cast on Mount Toor .caused the mountain to crumble and Hazrat Moosa (A.S.) to fall unconscious. When he regained consciousness and returned from the mountain, then for some days his face still had such a glow that whosoever looked at his face directly became dazzled and turned blind. He therefore prayed to Allah Taala that He should grant him such a screen over the noor on his face that peoples eyes may be saved from damage.

Allah Taala ordered him to cover His face with a part of that~. blanket with which he covered himself on Mount Toor and which was able to bear the intensity of that noor on that mountain.

"For apart from that blanket O Moosa, Even if Mount Qaaf tries to block that noor from your face it too would be shattered"

It is through Allah's power that the and saintly ones are able to bear the Noor of Allah. That Noor which Mount Toor could not bear, Allah through His power has made the hearts into a mirror so that it could reflect the Light. Rasulullah -$had referred to this when in a Hadith Qudsi he said: "Allah says: Space and orbits do not contain me, neither do minds nor the selves of men."

"However in the heart of a believer I am contained like a guest Who has been given full access and control over the residence of the host. "

In this couplet 'contained like a guest' is to indicate the honour and respect together with love. 'Contained', here does not indicate being inside a specific space as Allah is free from being' contained' in any space.

"Without such a mirror no one could bear to look upon my beauty, Neither on this earth nor in the heavens."

The story continues: Nabi Moosa (A.S.) made a face covering from the blanket and prohibited the people from staring at his face without this veil. The piece of blanket did the job which doors and walls could not do. Even if the veil had been made of iron, it too would have melted due to the Noor that remained on Nabi Moosa's (A.S.) face, after the shining of splendour on Mount Toor. The veil had been in touch with the warmth of Divine Love and at the time of its burning blaze, it was part of the clothing of a Saint of Allah. For this reason it could now be used as a curtain for the Noor that was shining from Nabi Moosa's (A.S.) face.

Hazrat Safoora, the" wife of Nabi Moosa (A.S.), was a great Lover of his Prophethood. She became restless and impatient of this veil. Her love became so overwhelming that she looked directly at the face of Nabi Moosa (A.S.) with one eye. Immediately her sight of that eye was lost. Still she could not have patience. She opened her other eye and that one also lost its sight.

Maulana Rumi (RA.) explained that a seeker after Allah initially offers bread in the path of Allah. In other words he is prepared to offer the strength which is created by the bread and offers this towards acquiring the pleasure of Allah. But as the Noor of Obedience to His Will takes effect upon him, he becomes prepared to offer his very life in Allah's path.

"At that time a woman asked Safoora:
'Have you any sorrow at your eyes losing their sight?'
She replied: 'My great sorrow is this that I do not have a hundred or
a thousand eyes, If I had,
I would sacrifice them all
In order to see the Noor of Nabi Moosa's (AS.) countenance."

Allah so approved of this reply of Safoora and her Great Love for Nabi Moosa (A.S.) that she was granted her eyesight once again. Her sight in both the eyes were returned in such a manner that she could look directly upon Nabi Moosa's (A.S.) face. She was granted such strength in her eyesight that she would never lose it when looking at Nabi Moosa's (A.S.) face.

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