Maulana Sheikh NazimTHE BLISS AND PLEASURE OF LOVE after the HEAVINESS OF STRUGGLE

THE STORY OF RABIA AL ADAWIYA'S STRUGGLE

Rabia al Adawiyah is a famous lady in the Muslim world from the time of the tabi'in (The
generation immediately following that of the Sahabah or Companions of the Prophet on whom be
peace) upto now; since the thirteenth century she has been a well-known personality in Islam.
She had the honour of being a beloved servant of her Lord, Allah Almighty, and we are honoured
to mention her name here and we are asking for her barakah, her blessing, for us also.

Look at those who are asking to be with their Lord; How they were. I am saying this so that
when ladies say, 'We are always in the background, men are always upfront' ? no; Allah
Almighty gives you honour. Sometimes you may be upfront, also. That is Rabia, may Allah bless
her. Every night, from sunset to sunrise, she would pray one thousand rak'ats. Yes, she had
pleasure in being with her Lord Almighty always. But we say our prayers quickly, to run away,
if we even come to pray. Now in our time more ladies pray than men; if you look, you can find
that at this time they are more than men ' double. It is for this reason that the Prophet
Muhammad (sal), said that when the time approaches for Qiyamah, the Last Day, you will be
able to find more religious people among ladies and more among villagers than city people.

Rabia prayed every night, never becoming tired. The Prophet Muhammad (sal) said, 'My Lord
made me love prayer, salat, as I love my eyes.' As he said, 'Prayer is Mihraj (that is, for each
individual worshipper, salat, the Islamic prayer, has the significance of an ascension to the Divine
Presence similar to the Holy Prophet's ascension to Heaven and to the Presence of his Lord
during his Mihraj) for Allah's servants. He gives them the honour of Mihraj when they pray.'
These are such people as understand what honour is, the perfect honour, and perfect pleasure
and perfect satisfaction and peace. When a person is with his Lord, he gives his whole life to be
with Him. For this reason earlier people (among Christians more than among Jewish people)
built monasteries on mountains. For what? To be with their Lord (that was at the beginning;
later they enjoyed themselves and fell down). Therefore, the perfection of religions is in Islam
and perfect pleasure for mankind is in praying. To the extent that people can pray, can worship,
that way is going to open to them.

Rabia would sit in the desert and around her deer were sitting and listening, yes; as a cat comes
and sits in front of you, in that way they were listening. They know the good people and also the
bad people, and the cruel people as to who they are. She sat reciting the Holy Qur'an and they
listened. Don't be surprised that those deer came and listened to Rabia al-Adawiah. Allah
Almighty says in the Holy Qur'an that when David (alai) recited the psalms, the mountains and
everything on those mountains and the birds would come and listen to his heavenly recitation. In
such people there are examples for you, O Sons of Adam, O believers. The path is correct; you
can go on it. But we do not go on it; we go after our egos. It is tasteful, going around after our
egos!

Of what are we in need? We are in need to be patient. People have lost patience now; therefore
they do not come to pray. Praying needs patience; if no patience, you can't pray. You must be
patient so that you may pray and you may taste. Without being patient you can't reach that
pleasure. Everything is going to be difficult at first, not tasteful, but afterwards it is going to be
tasteful.

Hu Rabbi! Rabia al-Adawiyah said, 'At first, when my sheikh gave me the zikr 'Allah Allah Allah
Allah Allah Allah Allah' it was so heavy. But I never gave up my wird and my dhikr, as my
grandsheikh had ordered me. Allah Almighty sees when you are bearing that difficulty for the
sake of the love of your Lord. He opened to my heart from His divine love. I left everything else
when that pleasure came. Now no zikr can be tasteful to me except to say 'Allah Allah Allah.' '

What does it mean? 'O my Lord, I like to be with You, to be with You.' But people of no mind
are objecting, 'What is dhikr'? Animals do not understand about dhikr. There is a well-known
saying, 'The one who does not taste does not know.' The one who tastes it, knows. All of you
are mature people except this boy. This boy does not understand what mature people taste; as
yet he does not know. Therefore, those people who object to dhikr, to tariqats, are still like a
little boy, children yet, not understanding. May Allah make us to know, to taste.

Now people are of two kinds. Some of them reach maturity and taste during this life. The
second kind of people do not taste; they go, they die, before maturity. They can't get into the
first group. The first kind of people are going to be with their Lord forever because they say, 'O
my Lord, I want to be with You.' For this reason we say, 'Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah' or we
say, 'La ilaha illallah, la ilaha illallah, la ilaha ill-allah,' and dunya calls us, our nafs calls us,
'Come to us,' and we refuse, saying, 'No! La ilaha illallah, la ilaha illallah. I am asking for no one
else.' When we are victorious, we will say, 'Allah Allah Allah,' and everything will say with us,
'Allah Allah Allah,' the whole universe making dhikr. That is sultan adh-dhikr (The repetition of
the holy Name 'Allah' is referred to here as the 'King' of dhikrs or litanies of remembrance of
Allah Almighty). May Allah give us His dhikr's pleasure.

There was a lady, also, They are telling me to say for the pleasure of our daughters and sisters,
Grandsheikh Abdullah's mother's sister-in-law. She was always saying, 'La ilaha ill-Allah. La
ilaha Illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah,' and if anyone
said something to her, she would say, 'O my son! O my daughter! May Allah also make as
tasteful for you as He has made for me this 'La ilaha illallah.' Tasteful, sweet, La ilaha illallah.
La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah. La ilaha illallah, with the rosary- tasbih (The
repetition of Allah's Name, generally using a string of one hundred beads (also called tasbih or
subhah) to count or maintain concentration). Even at the time of sleeping, her fingers were
moving, never stopping and still she is in her grave like this. May Allah make His dhikr, His
remembrance, tasteful for us, also.
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