In a warm summers afternoon, with the fan on in my room humming out cool air and the noise of summer following in through the open window. I sat listening to a discourse of my shaykh. As the lecture progressed and the luminary delved into the matters of the journey to Allah. One thing began to become more and more clear. As we as humans and more importantly muslims, become more materialistic in our lives, more occupied with the ‘outer’ appearances than the ‘inner’. We are beginning to lose a vital nourishment required for a healthy spiritual life which an individual undoubtedly needs in this vicious crucible of life. That is nothing other than Love. This love is not the type of sexual, bestial, aggressive lust which we see prevalent in our societies today. This kind of special love only emanates from the true beings who have a celestial connection that binds them together. That, allows serenity to develop and settle in lives that are affected by such love. That, makes a person become more thankful for the blessings he or she has around them. It is the type of love that is a springboard to achieving the love of Allah. The love that the companions of the prophet (saw) continuously experienced in the blessed company.
It will not be a far-fetched idea to suggest, that even within the many islamic gatherings and circles this types of eternally and spiritually uplifting love cannot be found. As the men who harboured or harbour such divine love are fast fading away from this monstrous world we call life. The seerah is full with examples of such love strongly imprinted within the early muslim community. It is epitomised with the passing away of the greatest of beings, the prophet (saw). Where the whole community felt they had lost the sense of tranquility of their lives. With many on the verge of losing sanity. Our illustrious tradition is heaped in such love, which has been transferred from teacher to student throughout the centuries. Unfortunately, as the end times draw ever nearer and the slowly but surely, one by one the men of Allah depart from this world. This special capsule of love is also being with drawn from this wretched world. This is why we are seeing the increase in bestiality, lust and other ugly of habits.
However, all is not lost, a person can still experience or get a taste of this eternal love by accompanying the men of Allah. Who are the true inheritors of the prophet (saw). Whom are the exact replica you may say, of the sunnah. Just by sitting at their feet a person can be transferred to a time where such love was the fabric of a society. We can begin to appreciate how it must have been at those heavenly times of the ummah. The men of Allah are the people who will say and teach things which are the very essence of what constitutes what true love is. They leed you to understand what true love is, and how we are very distant from the actual meaning and experience of what they experience. Having said this, words cannot justify how grateful I am for having a shaykh, especially my shaykh. Books, and material words cannot suffice how much clarity there is in such lasting words. Spoken by my shaykh.
Only today he said;
‘- It is not the love of the shaykh that benefits the seeker. But, it is how much the seeker loves his shaykh. The syyid of humanity loves all, but only some benefit. Depending on their own level of love’.
‘- You have to become the cup of ‘want’ to then ‘drink’ the water of love!’
Only the men of Allah can conjure up such eternal words. Allah …
In other words, The love from the saints, the pious and the awliyah are always following out of them. It is not them that are holding back this love, but it is actually the seeker. The prophet (saw) has love for all muslims but only some benefit because of the amount of love they show towards the prophet (saw), his sunnah and his ways. As we see with the companions and their love. When we have the right mindframe, the right set of attitudes, and have the right approach, the fez (spritual blessings) from the mashaykh will undoubtedly follow into us.