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|We proceed towards greater battle
Returning from a minor struggle
O wise men we've external enemy exterminated
Do not forget the worst living within still existed
The enemy cannot be killed by tongue bare
The lion heart is not to be overcome by hare
Nafs is like hell angry dragon always leaping fire
Extinguished? Not! thousand rivers you may hire
Thirsty it is; may drink the seven seas
The bitterness lasts never an end it sees
The stones and the unbeliever stone hearted (2)
All entering chained, ashamed and defeated
So much food shall not lessen its appetite
And Allah shall call it forth without respite
Thy appetite hath satiated or still survive? (1)
Answer it shall:"Long live fire; its blaze thrive!"
May swallow the world in a gulp this burning rancor
Still its stomach churning, crying give me more, more!
At its mouth, one day Allah shall place His Foot
"BE" He will pronounce and silence it for good (3)
No doubt, for Nafs sincerely the Hell is goal
Each part essentially exhibit attributes of whole
Only His intervention shall quench its thirst
Who can but Allah may pull its rein in horst
The arrow is always placed straight in the bow
A bow holds not a wrong misdirected arrow (4)
Straighten up thyself like an arrow
And be fired at thy aim in full blow
Ah! Me released but from my "Zahir" (5)
Respite or revert to look in the mirror (6)
prophet had quoted this Hadith returning from Ghazwa Yarmuk, where the Muslims barely
were able to save their grace. It quotes the basic principle of Islam that Allah dislikes the
most "pride" and "insolence" in human behavior. And Islam was not meant to get physical
hold of power by attacking others, but it was a struggle a constant strife to achieve betterment
in self and society. Only the enlightened selves create a humane culture that ensures safety
and security for all. Our goal should be to secure the whole “the Life Process rather than
making futile attempts to save individual lives of persons, races, or nations".
The only instinct that instigates us towards personal survival germinates from lower soul
termed as Nafs. It leads us to possess, get hold, own, master and exploit the life and the living.
It is the "enemy within" which makes us blind in victory and thus vulnerable to all threats.
Hell is something akin to burning fire of lust within us “ unwavering and most insisting on
constant material growth. We need more and more and more. It shall continue till The Last
Day, when the final call reaches and reverses the life itself. The raised and blessed with
eternity shall be those who have extinguished that fire in "The Life". Others are doom to
burn for ever: Once no good, never good at all.
(1) Rumi Quotes Qur'an: 50:30: One Day We will ask Hell,
"Art thou filled to the full?" It will say, "Are there any more (to come)?"
(2) Rumi Quotes Qur'an: 2:24: But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire
whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith.
(3) Rumi Quotes Qur'an 6:73: It is He who created the heavens and the earth in true
(proportions): the day He saith, "Be," behold! it is. His word is the truth. His will be the dominion
the day the trumpet will be blown. He knoweth the unseen as well as that which is open. For He is
the Wise, well acquainted (with all things).
(4) Old Greek philosophers, especially Heraclites has used the metaphor of "bow" for a
human life, as it includes in its both ends the dual extremes of life. The literal meaning of
"bow" in Greek is "life" but in action it aims at "death". (Sibt-e-Hussain. Musa say Marx Tuk.
One must be straightforward and accept the realities of life and its end as well. The life
chooses the best to shot at aim. Otherwise confusion and misdirection is one's fate. One is
eternally locked into the snare of life and is never able to evolve out of its worldly charms.
(5) Zahir “ as Paulo Coehlo has explained is the persona one tries to maintain through out
life to conform to the established norms of the society to keep up one's worldly status. It is
the acceptability syndrome that must carry on without putting any check or balance on it.
(6) Mirror "as Rumi has frequently used in his writings is the ability of self reflection, being
able to critically examine oneself in context to the status one enjoys in life and the roles and
responsibilities one constantly avoids in life.
(7) Home is one's soul being able to communicate with one's spiritual self is returning home
being able to see one's true self “the Fitrah“ the divine pattern he was created.. The personal
potentials and limitations he has to live and survive with “Self knowledge".
(8) Rumi is seeking compliance with Divine Will. The will that is exhibited in the character of
Prophets like Hazrat Muhammad (saw) and Moses. Faith moves mountains and he is
commanding for that faith.
(9) Again it's the saying of Hazrat Ali (ra) that braver is the person who has mastered his
passion and his lower soul “the anger, the revenge, the enmity. Click for Detail.....
(10) Pharaoh is the symbol of human pride and insolence it exhibits against Divine Will and it
is to be defeated.
a superior creation. Why "man" is
Allah's vicegerant (khalif) and not
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