I sat on the cool synthetic white marble huddled in one of the pinkish marbled corners of the Masjid waiting for Adhan. Oft times choosing to be outside for Salat feeling the breeze on my face and watching the antics of the panoply of children as they cavort, romp, fight, squeal, sing and cry. Typical of children everywhere, but I do wish there was a little more discipline, after all it is the courtyard of Masjid Nabawi and thus the extended Saff for prayer. However I also sympathize; the dilemma of there not being park lands for the majority of families who live in apartment blocks limits the opportunity for children to run free.
A mini whirlwind danced in the corner, whizzing the wing of a locust, a tiny pigeon feather, a drunken ant and a fluffy grass seed into an unusual swirl. A harmonious circling synchronized with the click click of beads, of heart beats, of the celestial spheres following their course, of the routine repetition of bowing, prostrating, sitting.
Allah Ta’ala’s Signs never ceases to amaze, inwardly and outwardly. A few weeks ago I was mesmerized by the convoy of the Haram Captors. Eight in unison playing follow the leader up and down, playfully swinging as they turned vacuuming whatever was is in their path. Minutes later an army arrives with sudsy water, rubber squeegees and mops swaying as a dancing partner in their arms. Soon after this entertaining interlude I met a friend and her four young children who within the space of a few minutes came running to us saying they saw a bumble bee. Upon investigation it was a slightly mutilated beetle lying on its backs and feebly moving one last leg. No sooner had we discussed this creature and the cycle of life and death and fear and trust when another gasp was heard from behind a pillar where they had found a dead locust and a live moth side by side. SubhanAllah, such a nature trail so soon after all the cleaning. And another SubhanAllah seeing such examples of Allah Ta’ala’s Makhlooq on this mirror shine surface devoid of any natural habitat and so out of season.
I studied the locust wing. Glints of light revealed a myriad of rainbows on this exquisitely patterned fragile aerodynamically designed wing. Such is the design that the locust can travel hundreds of miles, hundreds of miles, devouring and stripping all vegetation along the way. I noticed the same myriad of rainbows in the minutest sphere of dust perched on my eyelash, and again reflecting off the abdomen of the ant and on the downy vanes of the feather. The spectrum of the Universe’s colours on the tiniest fragments. Artistry from the Master of Creation, the Master of Greatness, Magnificence and Grandeur, overwhelming His creation and filling this self, the little cosmos with awe, as the big Self, the Cosmos turns, playing concertos, fugues, sonatas and symphonies. Every mote contains suns, moons, stars, rainbows…as every Attribute of Allah Ta’ala is constantly displaying its manifestation in unique and diverse ways in every second that He deems to Be, knowing no limit and no account. SubhanAllah! Reflect….
Every day He is at some task. (55:29)
In each moment Allah Ta’ala is giving and withdrawing, laying low and rising up, constricting and expanding, empowering or enfeebling.
‘This list of divine effects (athar) that leave traces in the circumstances of created beings could go on infinitely. It is as if God were saying to you, ‘O my servant, do not despair over your lack of anything, as long as I remain with you. Do not take joy in having anything, if I am not with you. For I am so valuable as to compensate for the loss of whatever is other than Me, whereas nothing other than Me can be sufficient to fulfill your need. Do not be one of those people who worship me weakly diverted by their surroundings, for those are the servants of changing conditions who worship conditionally. Rather worship Me directly through Me! For I alone am characterized by perfect needlessness. I alone am known by the permanence of My actions.
Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, whether you enjoy it or despise it, will without a doubt pass away. If you desire that the True One keep you in a particular state permanently, you desire to be kept in a state of incomplete perfection! It is as if the True One were saying to you, ‘Do not ask Me to keep you permanently in one circumstance, for I do not treat you this way. Do you not want the effects of My Lordship to permeate you thoroughly? Rather, ask Me to let you feel My Gracious Kindness in whatever way I desire in whatever circumstance I establish you, that you might be with Me and for Me, not with the circumstance and for the circumstance.’ (Ibn ‘Ata’Allah al-Iskandari)
And thus where ever we may be, the vast spectrum of Allah Ta’ala’s Divine Manifestation is spread before and within us.
Every day He is at some task. (55:29)
So have a happy heart, for He who makes hearts happy is busy with your work and with completing your work both inwardly and outwardly. He is either the seeker in the work, or He is the sought in the work. Insha’Allah increase your Divine discernment, by seeing with the Light of Allah Ta’ala, seeing the rainbows, hearing the symphonies in each and every moment.
the final Juma’ah for this Rabial Awwal.
Allahumma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammadin abdika wa rasoolika nabiyyil ummiyi wa ‘ala alihi wa saHbihi wa sallim.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.