Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Food of the Heart

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Allah Ta’ala has given the human being a heart. The food which nourishes and pleases the heart is love. The food of the eyes is beautiful scenery and beautiful colour. The ears derive pleasure in listening to beautiful sounds. The tongue appreciates tasty and delicious food and drink. …We find the food for everything is different.

The food of the heart, the enjoyment and pleasure of the heart is in love, but the vast majority of people are wasting this precious commodity of love on those things which are transitory and perishable and which will turn to dust.

Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) related in his Mathnavi: “Your hearts are attached to the things of the world which have their origin in sand. The women of the world are created from sand, the homes are of sand, the food is of sand, the children are of sand. EVERYTHING is of sand. They only appear in different forms and colours. The end result is also sand.

Aside from that, you are to be separated from them one day, so why attach yourself to them? Our attachment to these things, which we are to leave behind, should be with a very weak and light adhesive. On the other hand, we are to live with Allah Ta’ala forever. Our attachment to Him should be with a very strong adhesive, i.e. we should create an extremely strong link with Him in our hearts.”

The love of one’s parents, wives, children and property is not prohibited, but it should not exceed the love of Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). 

This heart is reserved solely for the Love of Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

Hazrat Khwaja Azizul Hasan Majzoob (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) used to say: “The heart is Allah’s house. It is not the house for (worldly) idols.”

[Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)]