Originally Posted by Abdul-Raouf
JazakAllah khair for this thread.
I doubt many would reveal their own stories here.....to keep their intentions sincere, and perhaps because those who may have made such decisions, do not regard them as a 'sacrifice' as such.
If we consider that every command upon us from Allah (subhanawataála) is for OUR good, for the success of OUR aakhirah......then we will consider every hardship endured in this fleeting life not as a 'sacrifice'......but an investment, and a means of drawing nearer to and gaining the pleasure of our Creator.
We have all encountered cross-roads at some point in our life: be it in work, love, finances, family.
And certainly, there is a pain that is experienced having to let go of whatever worldly attachment it is.
But this is short lived.
What can compare to the sweetness felt in the heart when you KNOW that this decision is what is most pleasing to Allah (subhanawataála).
I would like to share this poem with everyone:
“WHEN IN LOVE, THE COMPLAINT OF THE BELOVED IS NOT
FOR ME THERE IS NO INJUSTICE IN ANY OF HIS ACTIONS.
OUTWARDLY THOUGH IT MAY BE A CALAMITY,
BUT IT IS IN FACT A BLESSING IN DISGUISED FORM.
THAT CALAMITY IN WHICH THERE IS GOODNESS FOR US,
IS NOT REALLY A PUNISHMENT.
THE LOVE OF THE SLAVES OF ALLAH CANNOT REACH PERFECTION
UNTIL THE BLOOD OF EVIL DESIRES IS NOT SHED.
MAY THAT WHICH IS PLEASING TO YOU ALSO BECOME PLEASING TO ME.
WHAT WOULD I DO WITH THAT PLEASURE,
WHICH IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY YOUR PLEASURE ?
HOW CAN I SAY THAT THE PAIN WHICH IS IN MY HEART (OF YOUR LOVE)
IS NOT A GIFT OF YOURS?
HE, WHO IS NOT BLESSED WITH THIS GIFT REMAINS
UNAWARE OF YOUR GLORY.
DO NOT REJOICE OVER MY TEARS OF LONGING FOR HIM,
WHEN I AM DISTANCED FROM HIM.
O YOU UNINITIATED IN LOVE, YOU HAVE NOT AS YET
EXPERIENCED THE PAIN OF DEEP-HEARTED LOVE.
WHOSOEVER YOU WITNESS GIVING HIS HEART AND SOUL TO GOLD AND
O AKHTAR, BELIEVE THAT HE HAS NOT TASTED
THE SWEETNESS OF THE LOVE OF ALLAH. ”