If Your Love Proves True…

by Imraan

 

“Would that You were sweet while this life is bitter.

Would that You were pleased while people are angry.

Would that what is between You and me were filled and flourishing, and that what is between me and the worlds were a ruin.

If Your love proves true, then all is easy, and all which is on the earth is earth.”

From Letter 155, The Darqawi Way: The Letters of Shaykh Mawlay al-‘Arabi ad-Darqawi, (trans. ‘Aisha ‘Abd ar-Rahman at-Tarjumana), (1981: Diwan Press; Norwich), 229-230

The full text is:

If you want the favour of Allah to appear to you, then persevere in your wayfaring, be always attentive to what will benefit you and what will bring good back to you in the two worlds. Recognise the shari’at of your path and act by it. Do not dive into what does not concern you. Do not follow what is light for you. What is heavy for you is better for you since that is what has no portion for yourself. That in which there is no portion for your self is pure for your Lord. Do not turn to the one who blames you or praises you. Say with the tongue of the state: “That which you dislike from me is that which my heart desires.

“Would that You were sweet while this life is bitter.

Would that You were pleased while people are angry.

Would that what is between You and me were filled and flourishing, and that what is between me and the worlds were a ruin.

If Your love proves true, then all is easy, and all which is on the earth is earth.”

“There is no doubt that the people of true sincerity only look at what is between them and their Creator. They do not look at what is between them and creation: If you desire to free yourself of the appetites of yourself, then you must have what pleases your Lord. You do not need people, whether they blame or praise you, or see you doing what they dislike or they like.”