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Every person from among mankind may attain Divine Stations

 

Every person from among mankind may attain Divine Stations.  The Way is not barred to anyone: we are all candidates for the position of “Deputy of God on Earth”.

The Holy Verse is clear enough: “O man, verily you are striving towards your Lord, and you will meet Him”; therefore, whoever makes a serious attempt to reach, must reach.  But if we consistently take one step forward and two steps back, and make ourselves fit Allah Almighty’s description: “They believed, then fell into disbelief, believed again, and once more fell”, then we will find ourselves lost.

 

Steadfastness is the quality that will aid our progress, even if that progress be slow.  Be steadfast and you may reach your goal; and even if you don’t, your Lord perceives your sincere intention and may convey you towards your goal, just when you have despaired.  Our Grandsheikh said that such perseverence in the face of immense odds is most difficult.  Imagine that a person has been told: “There is a treasure waiting for you inside the Earth, a fourth of the way to China - you must dig and take it.  Here is a broken pick and a spade with a broken handle, now you may start digging”.  Imaging being ordered to such a task with such tools!  You must start; don’t say “It is impossible! Even an oil drill can’t reach that far!”  No, you must say “My Lord has ordered me to proceed with my task, so I must start digging.”  Then you dig, and when you collapse from exhaustion your Lord may deliver that treasure up to you in the blink of an eye.

Perhaps an ant with a broken leg may intend to travel from London to Mecca in order to perform the rites of pilgrimage.  He may intend such a journey and start on his way, but do you think that there is any hope of him arriving?  Allah Almighty sends a pilgrim who sets down his handbag; as the ant crawls in to see if there is any food to be found for the way, the pilgrim comes, picks up the bag and gets into the taxi to the airport.  When the pilgrim arrives at Jeddah, he boards a bus to Mecca, then a taxi to his hotel.  At the hotel he leaves his other bags, but takes his valuable one with him to the Holy Mosque to make his Tawaf of the Kaaba ... After his Tawaf he sits down to read Qur’an and the terrified ant slowly emerges, only to find himself in front of the Kaaba.

Allah Almighty made a way for that ant because it firmly intended to reach that unattainable station, with its broken leg and all and he helped it arrive quickly, too.  So don’t lose hope!  We are like that ant: we are directing our faces towards the Divine Presence and asking to attain to it.  He may take us to that state, but we can never make it on our own.

From ‘Mercy Oceans, Rising Sun’.

 

 
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