Monday 3 June 2019

Ramadan 2019/1440: Thought of the Day 29

The quote for Day 29 of Ramadan from my box of things to think about is:

“I swear that ever since the first day You brought me back to life, the day You became my Friend, I have not slept. And even if You drive me from your door, I swear again that we will never be separated – Because You are alive in my heart.” ~ Rabia Basri (Rābiʿa al-ʿAdawiyya al-Qaysiyya RA)

It’s interesting that the quote doesn’t say bring to life, but bring “back” to life. I am not sure if Rabia Basri (RA) refers to coming back meaning returning to Allah in this life, i.e. becoming close to Allah (SWT), or returning to Allah (SWT) in this world after first knowing Him in the realm of souls.  In either case ger love of Allah (SWT) and devotion is clear.

Allah says in Hadith Qudsi: “And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafi l(voluntary deeds) until I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection, I will protect him.” (Bukhari)

Abu Huraira raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), the Exalted and Glorious said: “I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.” (Sahih Muslim)

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