THE MATHNAWI BOOK V STORY II. The Arab and his Dog.
The doctrine of the Mu'tazilites, 1 mentioned, that all men's intellects are alike and equal at birth, is again controverted, and the poet dwells on the essential differences which characterize the intellects akin to Universal Reason or the Logos, and those swayed by partial or carnal reason; the former, like the children of Israel, seeking exaltation through self-abasement; and the others, like Pharaoh, running after worldly rank and power, to their own destruction. In order to make probation of men, as already explained, God fills the world with deceptions, 2 making apparent blessings destructive to us, and apparent evils salutary. On the other hand, if men try to deceive God, they fail signally. Hypocritical weeping and wailing like that of Joseph's brethren is at once detected by God. Thus a certain Arab had a dog to which he was much attached; but one day the dog died of hunger. He at once began to weep and wail, and disturbed the whole neighborhood by his ostentatious grief One of the neighbors came and inquired into the matter, and on hearing that the dog had died of hunger, he asked the Arab why he had not fed him from the wallet of food which he had in his hand. The Arab said that he had collected this food to support himself, and made it a principle not to part with any of it to any one who could not pay for it; but that, as his tears cost him nothing, he was pouring them forth in token of the sorrow he felt for his dog's death. The neighbor, on hearing this, rebuked him for his hypocrisy, and went his way. Then follows a commentary on the text, "Almost would the infidels strike thee down with their very looks when they hear the reading of the Koran." 3
1. The Mu'tazilites were one of the principal unorthodox sects. See Sale, Prelim. Disc., p. 112.
2. "Of them who devise stratagems, God is beast" (Koran iii. 47).
3. Koran lxviii. 51.
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If you do this today and tomorrow and the day after you will maintain the connection you made with the speech of Allah during Ramadan. The comfort you felt and the ease with which you recited it will continue throughout the year. You will not fall into the darkness of abandoning the Quran.The more you are distracted with Eid, however, the harder it will be to return to the Qur’an. The soul is slow to become accustomed to doing good but fast to become accustomed to leaving it.
O Allah, make us among the people of the Quran. Do not make us among those who the Prophet ﷺ complained about to his Lord. Allah then revealed: The Messenger cried out: "Lord, my people had abandoned this Quran." (25:30)
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﴿ سَبَّحَ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ ۖ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ هُوَ الْأَوَّلُ وَالْآخِرُ وَالظَّاهِرُ وَالْبَاطِنُ ۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ ﴾
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وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ And your Lord is not unaware of what you (people) do
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In the life of this world, everyone is a guest and his wealth a loan. The guest will part and the loan will be returned.
Abdullah ibn Masud (Radiallahu Anhu)
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Kötü işler kendisine süslenip, onu güzel gören kimse (Allah'ın hidayet ettiği kimse) gibi midir? Allah, dilediğini saptırır, dilediğine de hidayet verir.
ดังนั้น ผู้ที่ความชั่วแห่งการงานของเขาได้ถูกนำให้เพริศแพร้วแก่เขา แล้วเขาเห็นว่ามันเป็นสิ่งดีกระนั้นหรือ ? แท้จริง อัลลอฮฺจะทรงทำให้หลงผิดแก่ผู้ที่พระองค์ทรงประสงค์และจะทรงชี้แนะแนวทางที่ถูกต้องแก่ผู้ที่พระองค์ทรงประสงค์
¿Es que aquél cuya mala conducta ha sido engalanada y la ve como buena? Alá extravía a quien Él quiere y dirige a quien Él quiere.
(بھلاکچھ ٹھکانا ہے اس شحص کی گمراہی کا) جس کے لیے اس کا براعمل خوشنما بنادیا گیا ہو اور وہ اسے اچھا سمجھ رہا ہو ؟ حقیقت یہ ہے کہ اللہ جسے چاہتا ہے ، گمراہی میں ڈال دیتا ہے اور جسے چاہتا ہے ، راہ راست دکھا دیتا ہے ۔
Seront-ils donc traîtés comme celui a qui on a enjolivé sa mauvaise action au point qu'il la considère comme bonne ? En vérité, Allah égare qui Il veut, et guide qui Il veut.
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Seeds of Reality 10
The Manifest World is a lace veil strewn over the Worlds of the Unseen.
~Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (r.a.)~
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