I WISH THAT I WAS A TREE

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Verily, I see what you do not see and I hear what you do not hear. The heaven creeks, and it is befitting for it to creek. There is not a space of four fingers (in the heaven) but an Angel has spread his forehead (in prostration) for Allah. By Allah! If you know what I know, then you will laugh little, cry profusely and not derive any pleasure from your wives on your beds. And, you will emerge (from your homes) towards the wilderness seeking the proximity of Allah and exclaiming: ‘I wish that I was a tree which would be cut.”

A Muslim is required to meditate on this Hadith and a plethora of similar Ahaadith which urges the focus to be constantly on the Aakhirat. Diversion from the dunya to the Aakhirat is the theme of the Qur’aan and Hadith.

Contemplating on these Ahaadith will, InshaAllah, polish the corroded heart of the Mu’min – corroded by engrossment in the dunya.

Muraaqabah (meditation) has been commanded by Rasulullah (Sallallahu
alayhi wasallam). He has commanded muraaqabah of Maut, the Qabr, Qiyaamah, etc., and to engage in Hisaab (Reckoning) of our deeds before the ultimate Hisaab of Qiyaamah. Such muraaqabaat will create vision in the blinded spiritual eyes, and instil noor (spiritual lustre and glitter) in the dark and blind spiritual hearts.

When the spiritual corrosion and pollution have been eliminated, then only will you understand the magnitude and notoriety of all the merrymaking jalsahs and functions in which you are indulging. You will then yearn to flee into the wilderness and jungle, and you will wish that you were a tree or a blade of grass which people would cut.

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

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