Affable Knowledge


We all fool ourselves that we know something, because of some diploma at hand, or some employment, or uttering a couple of half baked words  from some scripture.

I found only one thing that Dara knows for sure:

The Arch Angel Gabriel said to the Prophet: “Love whom you would for you shall part with him…

And in those times of sorrows and abject helplessness, there is always a Singleton Companion buying your sorrows at the highest prices, Hu trades with you wealth larger than that of all cosmos, in exchange for one of your tears!

A teacher every morning wakes up to teach, baker to bake, farmer to farm, but the Sufi wakes up to accompany a broken heart for within the shards and ashes of that heart Sufi finds That Divine Beloved bartering:

9:111 Indeed, God has bought of the believers their lives and their possessions, promising them paradise in return

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱشۡتَرَىٰ مِنَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ أَنفُسَهُمۡ وَأَمۡوَٲلَهُم بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ ٱلۡجَنَّةَ‌ۚ


If you think there is something else to human experience, take your chances.



Affable Knowledge

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Imam Ali narrated from the Prophet peace be upon him: The Arch Angel Gabriel said to me: “Love whom you would for you shall part with him, and do as you would for you shall meet with it (for judgment or reward or you will meet Hu) and live as you would for you shall die surely.”

مجمع الزوائد. الإصدار 2.05 – للحافظ الهيثمي
المجلد العاشر. >> 41. كتاب الزهد. >> 2. (أبواب في الموعظة ونحوها). >> 3. باب الإيجاز في الموعظة.
17645- وعن علي بن أبي طالب قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:
“قال لي جبريل عليه السلام: أحبب من شئت فإنك مفارقه، واعمل ما شئت فإنك ملاقيه، وعش ما شئت فإنك ميت”.
وقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أوجز لي جبريل عليه السلام في الخطبة”.
رواه الطبراني في الصغير والأوسط وفيه جماعة لم أعرفهم

You loved her or him and no matter how hard you tried, when s/he was placed under the dust you could not go with the person! And when your turn arrives you shall not be able to take her or him with you, for you are now alone within the constriction of your grave.

“When the scholar dies Allah fashions/shapes his ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge) (into some creature) within his grave, to keep him company till the Day of Judgment and it wards him off all vermin of the earth” said the Prophet, peace be upon him.

وعن ابن عباس قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: )إذا مات العالم صور الله له علمه في قبره، فيؤنسه إلى يوم القيامة ويدرأ عنه هوام الأرض
أخرجه الديلمي في الفردوس و قال السيوطي في شرح الصدور

Often Allah takes away someone you dearly loved, and no matter how dearly you loved yet you kept your Adab (Etiquette) being mindful of Allah’s Presence by being patient, and soon you find yourself drawn to ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge), not a moment is to waste, busied with nothing else but any and all acquisition of knowledge.

Your books as your pillow, night after night you fall asleep, tearful, begging Allah: O Allah this night every soul on this earth has a soulmate but me, where is mine my dear Lord? Soon in a dream, as vivid as the daylight, you find someone of immense beauty and tranquility, mistakenly your Nafs (Self) may place some familiar face on this graceful creature, but be aware that in this moment of temporal death you have met none other than your own ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge).

And so will be that day when everyone deliberately shall forsake you underneath the dust, except for this Divine Companion fashioned/shaped from your ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge), that this eager creature is to keep you company in the grave and to protect you against all harm and pain.

Allah inspired Moses: Learn the good and teach the people, for I am radiant for the teacher and the learner of the ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge) and their graves have no fearful estrangement for them.

وأوحى الله إلى موسى )تعلم الخير وعلمه الناس، فإنى منور لمعلم العلم ومتعلمه قبورهم لا يستوحشوا بمكانهم
الزهد للامام أحمد

So this night be sleepless my studious love, that you may cry to Allah begging for a soulmate, but that day shall soon arrive when every dead in their grave sorrow within their eternal loneliness, yet you shall be joyous and festive with your grave companion, your own ‘Ilm (Divine Knowledge)

“If someone memorized something of the Qur’an (some Dhikr) and died before the completion, Allah shall raise angels within his grave to make him memorize the remaining and they shall stand upright (unwavering) to teach him” Said the Prophet. (Note: This Hadtih is only found within Suyuti’s collection and some distant variations found other places.)

ان من حفظ شيئا من القران و مات قبل أن يتمه بعث الله اليه ملائكة في قبره يحفظونه ما بقي و يقومون بتعليمه


كنز العمال الإصدار 2.01 – للمتقي الهندي
المجلد الأول >> الباب السابع في تلاوة القرآن وفضائله وفيه خمسة فصول >> الإكمال
2449 – من قرأ القرآن ثم مات قبل أن يستظهره أتاه ملك فعلمه في قبره ويلقى الله تعالى وقد استظهره.
(أبو الحسن بن بشران في فوائده وابن النجار) عن أبي سعيد

Now do you want to learn the knowledge for the sake of people’s recognition? So they may say s/he is so great knowing all this! Or writing this book or giving that lecture, or my love you may study to have a soulmate in your grave!

And you might say: I am so sorrowful with this loneliness and left with no place for asylum and no soulmate to cheer with, tell me some words that I may chant to becalm:

“My Lord I am Your slave,
The son of Your slave,
The son of Your slave-girl,
My full control at Your Hand,
Effective is Your Decree on me,
Just is Your Judgment for me,
I ask You by all Names of Yours,
That You called Your own Self,
Or sent down in some book of Yours,
Or taught someone of Your creation,
Or preferred secretly in Your Concealed Divine Knowledge,
That You may make the Qur’an the vernal season of my heart,
And retreat of my sorrow,
And departure of my hardship.”  Prayer of the Prophet for sorrower.

المستدرك على الصحيحين،الإصدار 2.02 – للإمام محمد بن عبد الله الحاكم النيسابوري.
المجلد الأول >> – 17- كتاب: الدعاء، والتكبير، والتهليل، والتسبيح، والذكر
1877 / 77 – أخبرنا أبو بكر محمد بن أحمد بن بالويه، ثنا محمد بن شاذان الجوهري، ثنا سعيد بن سليمان الواسطي، ثنا فضيل بن مرزوق، حدثني أبو سلمة الجهني، عن القاسم بن عبد الرحمن، عن أبيه قال:
قال عبد الله بن مسعود – رضي الله تعالى عنه -:
قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم -: (ما أصاب مسلما قط هم ولا حزن فقال: اللهم إني عبدك، وابن أمتك، ناصيتي في يدك، ماض في حكمك، عدل في قضاءك، أسألك بكل اسم هو لك، سميت به نفسك، أو أنزلته في كتابك، أو علمته أحدا من خلقك، أو استأثرت به في علم الغيب عندك، أن تجعل القرآن ربيع قلبي، وجلاء حزني، وذهاب همي، إلا أذهب الله همه وأبدله مكان حزنه فرحا).
قالوا: يا رسول الله، ألا نتعلم هذه الكلمات؟
قال: (بلى، ينبغي لمن سمعهن أن يتعلمهن).
هذا حديث صحيح على شرط مسلم، إن سلم من إرسال عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله، عن أبيه فإنه مختلف في سماعه، عن أبيه

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2 thoughts on “Affable Knowledge”

  1. Salaam Sayyidi

    l just loved this beautiful write-up so much that I wrote it down to my note book.This one is really a great reminder and what a source of solace!

    May Allah increase your daraja for sharing this knowledge with us.
    Thank you.

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