YunusPatel.co.za Untitled Document
YunusPatel.co.za : Banner

Untitled Document
Latest Newsletter Contact the YunusPatel.co.za Team Madrassa Sawlehaat, Durban, South Africa Musjid-E-Noor, Durban, South Africa About Maulana Yunus Patel Islamic Poetry & Naaths (Recitations) View a collection of Duas recommended & recited by Maulana Yunus Patel Ask Maulana your Personal & Spiritual Questions View a collection of books & literature compiled from the teachings, lectures and guidance of Maulana Yunus Patel Listen & Download from our collection of Majlis, Zikr, Jumuah and Special programmes by Maulana Yunus Patel View Majlis Programmes Audio FilesView Zikr Programme Audio FilesView Jumuah Programme Audio Files

THE STORY OF THE GRAMMARIAN AND THE SAILOR

Untitled Document

.......................................................................................................................

In the Mathnavi, Moulana Rumi (R.A.) tells the story of a grammarian. A certain man noted for his knowledge of grammar once boarded a boat for a voyage. The captain of the boat asked him: "Sir, in which subject are you an expert?" He replied: "I am an expert in the knowledge of grammar. It is a great pity that you have spent your whole life in learning how to sail a boat but did not learn anything about grammar".

At this reply, the boats man remained silent. It so happened that according to the decree of Allah, the boat was caught up in a storm in the middle of the ocean. The captain told the grammarian: "Sir, make use of your knowledge of grammer and save yourself from drowning. The boat is in danger of sinking".

The grammarian remained silent. Of what use was grammar in such a situation? The sailor also said: "This is not a time for grammar. It is time to be a swimmer. There is at this time no use of expert knowledge of grammar. It is time to swim your way out of trouble.

"The water of the ocean carries a corpse on its head While living ones it drowns"

In other words, by annihilating your 'self' the road to Allah is discovered. Those who act proudly and arrogantly become destroyed. .

Hence in the path of Allah, self-annihilation is most useful. It is of no great benefit to become involved with arguments and debates. Sometimes these debates create arrogance, which prevents one from building a close contact with the saintly ones. May Allah protect us against such deprivation and grant us perfect annihilation of the self, Ameen!

I once asked my Sheikh and Murshid: "What is annihilation?" He replied: "The meaning of the term' destruction of the self', and to 'annihilate your self' and to become 'annihilated to Allah' means that a person will discard all his pleasures and desires which are against the commands of Allah. That is what is called I annihilation of the self'. When a person initially takes the first steps on the path of sulook, this annihilation is accomplished through strenuous spiritual exercises and great difficulty. But in the end, the pleasure of Allah and the acquisition thereof becomes like second nature to a person - much more easy to attain ".

.......................................................................................................................

Previous Page | Content Listing | Next Page »

Listen to a Lecture by Maulana Ask Maulana an Islahi (Personal & Spiritual Questions) Contact the YunusPatel.co.za team

Live Audio Streaming Banner

>>Monday 17th April,Islamic Economics Prog by Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sb, @7:50pm-Insha Allah <<<
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Note we use REAL MEDIA & MP3 files.
Click here for AUDIO HELP files.
 
The footprints of the of the Beloved of Allah, Nabi Muhammad (SAW) is the road to Jannat; the sunnats of Rasulullah (SAW) connect with Allah Ta'ala

YunusPatel.co.za & YunusPatel.net Please feel free to distribute the content on this website. If you are experiencing any difficulties using this website please contact our Webmaster.