How Strange We Long Not For The Provider but the provided!
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Surely I know an Ayat which, if people would have followed, would have sufficed for them concerning everything, ‘For those who fear Allah, He provides a way out for them, (and) He also provides them provisions from (sources) that they could never have imagined (Surah at-Talaq, Ayat 2-3).’” [Ahmad]
An old man came to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. Overcome with sorrow he had unbuttoned his shirt, was clawing at and pounding on his chest and wailing. He came down on his knees and holding onto the sleeves of Maulana Rumi’s coat said, “I had a poor little child… only seven. They kidnapped him! I have become weak searching for him!”
Maulana Rumi counseled him with, “How strange! All beings have lost Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) yet they do not search for Him, nor demand from anyone to help them find Him. They neither pound their chests nor tear at their hair. Such an old man as you destroys himself in the longing for a child: Why do you not seek Allah and ask for His help, so that you can find your Yusuf like Yaqub?
The old man buttoned his shirt and repented. Soon he was given the good news that his son had been found.
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is the One who bestows the child. Above one’s love and search for a child, Allah must be sought and loved.
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