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Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

O Beloved of God, you are the Messenger of the Sole Creator. You are the one chosen by the Holy Lord of Majesty (Who is) without equal.

(You are) the delight of the Lord God (and) the highest Full-Moon of createdbeings, (and) you are the light of the eyes of (God’s) Messengers (and) the Lampof our eyes.

On the night of the Ascension, (the angel) Gabriel was at (your) stirrup,(and) you are (the one who was) standing on top of the blue domes (of heaven).

O Messenger of God, you know (that) your community are deprived and destitute, (and) you are the guide of those who are vulnerable and helpless.

(You are) the cypress tree of the rose garden of prophethood (and) the spring-season of spiritual knowledge.

You are the rosebush of the garden of the ReligiousLaw, and the nightingale of the lofty (heavens).

Shamsee Tabreez is one who has the praise of the Messenger in his heart.

O Mustafa, you are the supreme master.

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Here is just such a simple solution, presented in the form of three keys, that when remembered and practiced, keep us going in the right direction and while we walk the path, they also are the catalysts in bringing happiness.

Key 1 – Keep Your Heart Free From Hatred

When people, events and circumstances go against our wishes, desires or expectations, they create reactions of anger and frustration within us. These reactions are natural and must not be denied or ignored – rather their underlying reason must be seen and overcome – that of our pre-decided ideas and expectations being thwarted.

These emotions occur as a natural progression of painful events and are fine as long as they are felt and released. The problem lies when we cannot let go of the feelings and they tend to seep into our hearts where they fester till treated. If such is the case, these negative feelings tend to influence our way of thought, and necessarily, of action and become an integral part of our outlook towards life itself. Then everything that originates within us carries the subtle flavour of these very negative feelings.

The first secret of happiness says that no matter what emotions we feel temporarily, our hearts must remain free of hate.

Key 2 – Keep Your Mind Free From Worry

We worry when our thoughts travel either to the future, or linger in the past. Worry is a phenomenon which depletes energy and divides attention – leaving us incapable of giving our best to the moment before us.

The only way to give a 100% of yourself to the task at hand is to be totally present in the present moment without thinking of what’s gone by or what is still to come – both cases where we have no say or control anyway.

Performing the action totally and to the best of one’s ability brings back a positive result based on the law of karma – “As you sow, so shall you reap” – a result which would not be possible had we divided our inner being with worry.

The second secret of happiness is to always perform actions based on careful thought and planning, but without worry.

Key 3 – Give A Lot, Expect A Little

It is crucial for our happiness to come to the realisation early in life that it is our own expectations and pre-conceived ideas and hopes, which when frustrated, cause most of our pain and agony.

Once this understanding has stabilized within us, we begin to live for the moment, and within ourselves instead of seeking outward or external reinforces for our self-esteem or happiness.

It is not enough for us to be passive spectators of our own life, we must also be willing to give and share freely of our best qualities without waiting for a similar return.

It is both wise and practical to remember the advice of numerous spiritual masters that “It is in the giving that we receive.” The free giving of your own self without strings attached bring both peace and contentment in the long run.

The third secret of happiness is to give a lot and expect very little.

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“It has been narrated in the hadith by Hazrat Abdul Rahman Bin Auf (May Allah Almighty be pleased with him ) that ‘One day when Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) left his house, i followed close behind. He went to an orchard where he offered prayers and prostrated so long that i started weeping thinking that he had expired.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) raised his head from sijda and called me and asked what had happened to me. I told him that as he had been in sijda for a very long time, i had thought that he had expired and i won’t see him again. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said that he had prostrated himself before Allah Almighty so long as a token of thanks giving because He had granted him a reward, which was that if anyone, from his Ummah will recite Durood Sharif once,Allah Almighty will record 10 Virtues in his favour and erase 10 of his/her Sins'”.

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this story is about a wasp and a bird. my Shaykh Sa’id al-Jamal (Sidi), may Allah be pleased with him and sanctify his Sirr, told this story from his own life in one of his visit to US.

Sidi was about thirteen years old and it was harvest time in the village where he went to visit his relatives. everywhere people were harvesting the grains, chafing the wheat etc.

at one point a wasp came to his attention. it was picking up a single wheat grain each time in its mouth and flew back. after a while it came back again to pick another grain and flew. when Sidi saw it happening for the third time, it came to him, “there’s a story behind what this wasp was doing”. so he decided to catch this wasp without doing it any harm.

with all the enthusiasms of a teenage boy, thanks to a little box and very thin thread he caught the wasp. then tied the thin thread to one of its leg and let it go.

interestingly, without delay it came back and picked up another grain in its mouth and flew away. now following the thread curious Sidi tracked the wasp as it started its return journey. after it flew about two hundred yards, it hovered close to ground and made a sound. from distance there Sidi saw a little nest on the ground, then heard the voice of a bird and it was opening its beak.

going down, the wasp dropped the grain into the opened beak of the bird. Sidi went close to the nest and took this bird in his hand only to find that this bird had no legs and it was blind.

Sidi told afterwards that the whole chain of events was a great surprise to him and left a significant impact in his heart.

2. about the story Sidi mentions that this story gives us a way and gives to all people a certain understanding how Love and Mercy should be expressed. this story is a teaching from Allah about deep love and true mercy that each human being aspires to. this story also tells the depth of love go beyond the human being and are also experienced amongst other creatures of Allah, like birds and insects.
Behold! Allah is not ashamed to propound the parable of a gnat or even of something more simpler. (Qur’an 2:26)

3. the outstanding story reminded me of the great statement of Christ on loving one’s neighbor (Matthew 22:39) and how beautifully the wasp was demonstrating exactly that.

the equivalent teaching of the last divine messenger to humanity, Muhammad was, “none of you truly submit to divine (become muslim) unless he (or she) loves for his fellow brother (or sister) what he loves for him.”

we often reduce religious / spiritual / moral teachings to mere theoretical knowledge and nothing but empty sweet talking. far important than just knowledge and overloaded information are sincere action in the physical world. we being physical beings, even the very idea of love remains hollow and empty if nothing is acted upon it when it’s necessary.

where its applicable, love manifested in action is much more powerful than assumed love that reside only in the realm of mind. helping the helpless, attending to needy or feeding the hungry is much more powerful and meaningful in terms of love’s manifestation than merely reading hundred pages of scripture or spiritual books.

4. what was inspired to the wasp and its action is also a bold demonstration of how God is the provider of all. Allahu ar-Razzaq, God the Provider. Allahu al-Wahhab, God the Bestower. It is through the all encompassing Divine mercy which takes care of all. even the blind and paralyzed bird is also been taken cared of through another species in such an amazing way.

There is not a single moving creature on earth but Allah is responsible for providing is sustenance. He knows where it dwells and where it will permanently rest. All this is mystically recorded in a clear Record. (Qur’an 11:6)

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