۳۰ بهمن ۱۳۹۸ |۲۵ جمادی‌الثانی ۱۴۴۱ | Feb 19, 2020
In the presence of the beloved

In the company of the Friend, distance has no meaning at all

Hawzah News Agency – In the ups and downs of life and the bitter and sweet experiences, man sometimes feels such a spiritual emptiness that cannot be filled by any material thing. Even if the power of all the powerful, the wealth of all the wealthy, and all the means of enjoyment and merrymaking in the world are at his disposal, none of them can fill this spiritual vacuum.

In such a state, he confides in his best friend, the nearest of kin or the dearest one.

Sometimes, he finds no one to trust and confide in and prefers to seclude himself. The only means of achieving peace of mind is being close to one’s confidant and opening one’s heart to one’s beloved.

If man feels sad after being contaminated by sins and offenses and abhors himself and experiences self-alienation and the deadening of his heart, in whom should he confide or seek refuge? It is here that he must seek refuge in his Creator, the Source of all good and pure, the Initiator of love and sincerity, and find solace in His remembrance and love by prostrating on His Threshold.

Which tranquility and pleasure can be greater for the humble servant than being in the presence of the Esteemed Deity, purifying his impure self with the limpid water of conversation with Him, and soothing his stormy soul with the remembrance of the One and Only. This is the best, most excellent and sweetest fruit of supplication.

Dū‘ā’ is commonly interpreted as “petition and imploration”, but its true meaning is “the lover’s call to his Beloved, their private communion, and their companionship and ” togetherness in the ecstasy of truth-seeking mystics.

When the meek and humble servant realizes that the sinful abode of his heart is away from the Manifestation of purity and good, he searches for the way to be close to the Friend and join the assembly of the Beloved, and look for the place where he could have private audience with his Lord and hear the voice saying “I am indeed near”.

In the company of the Friend, distance has no meaning at all:

﴿ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَیْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِیدِ ﴾

(And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein)

When the servant attains such a state, experiences nearness or proximity to the Truth (God), and comes a step closer to His assembly, then the Worshipped Being [ma‘būd] becomes his Lover [muḥibb], and it is this servant who becomes the Truth’s beloved [ma‘būd] and hears the voice:

﴿ فَلْیَسْتَجِیبُوا لِی وَلْیُؤْمِنُوا بِی ﴾

(I answer the supplicant’s call when he calls Me. So let them have faith in Me).

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