Prophet (‘S) took three sticks and set one of them in front of him, another one next to it, and the third far away from the two. He then asked, ‘Do you know what this is?’ to which they replied, ‘Allah and His Messenger know better.’ He said, ‘This one is man, and this is death [next to it], while that one is expectation, which man entertains [about his long life], but death falls upon him prior to his expectation.’
‘There are three things regarding which Allah, the Exalted, did not allow any flexibility: returning a trust to its owner, be he good or wicked; keeping one’s agreement with both the good and the wicked; and kindness to one’s parents whether they be good or wicked.’ Imam Muhammad Baqir (‘a)
“The body should be preserved and tended with care since it is the frame of the heart.
As a camel is to a pilgrim, so the body is like an animal upon which the heart rides.
The pilgrim is obliged to give food and water to his camel, and to the treat it with attention, that he may read the end of his journey in safety, and by its means be successful in the object for which he travels.
But should the pilgrim be busy with his camel day and night, and should expend all his capital in feeding it, he would lose all that he possessed and would be the victim of unceasing regrets, and ruin would ensue.
Just so is it with the man in general.
If he passes all his days in attending to the preservation of the body, and spend the capital of his life in providing food and drink for the body, he will not reach the mansions of felicity but will wander in the wilderness of destruction, without capital, penniless and a naked vagabond.”
~ Imam Al-Ghazali
In continuation of Sufi Comics Rumi (volume 1), this book is a collection of poems by Rumi. Each poem is illustrated in comic form, followed by verses of the Qur’an written in Arabic Calligraphy on the theme of the comic.
We hope through this book, Rumi’s poems and teachings become accessible to a wider audience. Here are some images from the book:
Some of our readers got early access to the book, and have shared their reviews on Amazon. Here are some of them:
“The prudent one is he who puts off punishment when anger prevails, and hastens to reward the good, taking the first possible opportunity to do so.” ~ Imam Ali (‘a)
“There are 3 kinds of people who are recognized only in 3 kinds of situations: the courageous man is recognized only in times of war; the forbearing man only in times of anger, and the sincere friend only in times of need.” ~ Imam Ali (‘a)
What is wealth? True wealth. Is it Sprawling Mansions, Stately Gowns, Uber-luxurious food? Or is it having a good nights sleep, being well-nourished, being loved?
This remarkable story puts true wealth in perspective. The kind father hopes to teach the son lesson in fulfillment instead is shown a beautiful lesson in perspective and gratitude.
I can so relate to this story. You see, I am constantly learning from my beautiful children. By the simple yet profound questions they ask. Their observations and their comments.
Sometimes just a simple Why from my son or daughter, leaves me stunned and speechless. Why indeed am I doing what I’m doing? Is it purposeful and meaningful? If so, what is the purpose and meaning? Or is it purely out of blind habit? Or to have acceptance of those around me?
Thanks to my children, I am pushed to a better version of myself constantly. Just like the father is in this story.
I like this story because it reminds me of how short life is, and it puts things in perspective.
If I live my life thinking I’m going to be here forever (or for a looong time), I find myself getting stressed out very easily. Why? Because I’m either running after new things or holding on to other things that by nature are transient. So when it slips from my hands, I get frustrated.
But when I accept myself as a traveler who’s in this world for a short time, I’m more relaxed. Things come and go in my life. I can play with them without the need to get attached and let it go when the time comes.
Life is short. Enjoy this journey. And I’ll see you soon. If not in this world, definitely in the next! 🙂