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Saturday, September 18, 2004  

Metaphorical Love [‘Ishq Majazi] True love [‘ishq haqiqi] refers to love for Allah (Glorious and Exalted is He), while metaphorical love [‘ishq majazi] refers to love for creation when it exists for the sake of fulfilling one’s base desires. In short, true love is love for Allah (Glorious and Exalted is He), Lord of the universe, and metaphorical love is love for creation. Principles of Metaphorical love The First Principle In metaphorical love, the physical and external beauty of a man or woman is known as husn. It is husn that generates passion in youth. There is no greater influence in the material world than husn; it causes even highly intelligent people to act irrationally. The Second Principle Once an image of physical beauty becomes imprinted in a person’s heart, that person is rendered helpless. Shaytan presents this image in such an attractive form that the person becomes absorbed with each glance. The beauty of his face increases in your eyes, the more you behold it. The Third Principle When smitten by husn, a person dies a spiritual death. Although he has eyes that sees clearly, he view the faults of his beloved with admiration. The Fourth Principle Husn is ephemeral like the foam on the crest of an ocean wave. As a result, love that is based on physical form cannot be maintained for long. The vicissitudes of life are wealth, beauty and youth, We ourselves have seen this, and, history, too, bears witness. Notwithstanding the ephemeral nature of husn, the lower self [nafs] is blinded by desire and fearlessly pursues its gratification regardless of the consequences. The Fifth Principle When unable to approach his beloved, a metaphorical lover [‘ashiq majazi] contents himself with the sight of his beloved from afar. He consoles his heart thinking that seeing from afar suffices. The Sixth Principle If the ‘ashiq majazi gains the opportunity to be close to his beloved, then his nafs desire physical contact. Thus, the one who apparently claims to have true love reveals his deceit in this manner. The Seventh Principle When Love degrades husn to fulfillment of lustful desires and selfishness, it loses its humanity. The truth is that no face is as attractive as it seems from a distance. No voice is as enchanting as it seems from afar. Is then the reality of physical attraction based on distance? If so, it would seem that it is better to keep a distance. Regardless, the metaphorical lover desires proximity to such an extent that he cannot be satisfied without physical consummation. Ask those who are drunk with lust and infatuation; even after consummation they remained unsatiated. My life is still hanging around the noose, I swear, my love, even by gaining u, my thirst is not quenched. The Eighth Principle Allah (Glorious and Exalted is He) the Lord of the worlds, has placed an instinctive mutual attraction between men and women. However, He has also placed some restrictions and conditions for their relationships. If they live within these limits, they will be rewarded. If they exceed these limits, they will be punished. When purification of the soul [tazkiyah al-nafs] is not achieved, a man’s mind is always preoccupied with thoughts of women. Similarly, women may be captivated by men. Even if the whole world praises the beauty of a certain women, she herself can become infatuated with the physical beauty of one man. One of the stories of love between a man and a woman is that of “Laila and Majnun.” Due to its fame, ‘ishq Laila [love for Laila] has become another term for ‘ishq majazi [metaphorical love] as Majnun’s love for Laila is symbolic of the world of worldly objects. Majnun’s real name was Qais. His story falls in the period of Hadrat Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him). Qais was deeply taken by Laila. He once met Hadrat Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him) who said, “Qais, I have made peace with Amir Mu’awiyah (may Allah be pleased with him). I have handed the reigns of leadership to those suited for it.” Qais kept silent for a while. Hadrat Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him) asked him, “What are you thinking about?” He replied, “I was thinking that the governorship actually suits Laila.” Upon hearing this Hadrat Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him) stated, “You are crazy [Anta Majnun]!” and from then on he became known as “Majnun.” Once Majnun’s father told him, “Because of you I have had to face considerable disgrace. The tales of your infatuation have spread far and wide. Come, I will take you to the Ka’bah. There, you can sincerely repent for your sins.” When Majnun reached the sacred Ka’bah, he clasped the shroud of the Ka’bah and supplicated: O Allah, I repent of all my sins, But I repent not of my love of Laila. When his father heard him say this, he looked angrily at him. Then Majnun recited another couplet: O Lord, never remove my love for her, And have mercy upon that person who says amen for my supplication. Once, a person saw Majnun kissing the feet of a dog. He asked Majnun, “Why are you doing that?” Majnun replied, “This dog has just come from the street on which Laila lives. That is why I am kissing its feet.” What else can such an obsessed and insane person be called except for “Majnun” [crazy]! Majnun used to circle the street where Laila lived, reciting the following couplets: I circle the walls of the house of Laila, Sometimes I kiss this wall, sometimes I kiss that one, It is not love for these walls that has infatuated my heart, But the love of who lives within them. Once, the mayor of the city thought that he should actually see with his own eyes the girl whom Majnun’s love had made famous. When Laila was brought before him, he was astounded to see that she was just an ordinary girl without any extraordinary features, figures or complexion. He said to her, “You are not prettier than any other girl.” She retorted, “Keep quiet. You are not Majnun.” It is for this reason that the metaphorical lover claims that Laila should be beheld by the eyes of Majnun. The Ninth Principle If the metaphorical lover is to be executed for his love, then he desires that his beloved be present to witness the scene. For the crime of loving you, I am being killed, And there is much hue and cry, You too, come upon the roof, and watch this strange spectacle. The Tenth Principle The metaphorical lover thinks that his eyes experience so much pleasure in looking at his beloved that his heart becomes envious. On the other hand, by thinking about his beloved, his heart experiences so much pleasure that his eyes becomes envious. The heart envies the eyes – the pleasure of its observation, And the eyes envy the heart – the pleasure of its reflection. The Eleventh Principle The metaphorical lover thinks that by merely seeing his beloved he is imbued with new vitality. Even though I have become old, weak and feeble, The moment I behold you, I am young again. The Twelfth Principle The metaphorical lover finds every movement and action of his beloved attractive. Thus he believes her to correspond to his desires. - Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi, Love For Allah

posted by SuFiSTiC | 9/18/2004 02:56:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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