Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reflection of the Rose's Beauty

The rough sea  waves were hard and the cool air was silent at Bosphorus, Istanbul, when I met this amazing mum who was selling flowers to support her children. Its heartbreaking watching her walk up and down searching for a glimpse of hope  and a ray of mercy...What really impressed me was she kept on smiling even when people ignored her....her worn off clothes and shoes never stopped her from selling the roses...I am truly inspired...masha Allah..she has trust in God...God has love for those who put their trust in Him. (Qur'an 3:159)
This mum clutched the stalks of roses, her palm was bleeding but her heart has faith in God, her expectation is on God not human, the basket of roses filled with roses, as I walked beside her, I could sense the fragrance of roses...and it reminds me of one of Maulana Rumi's poems which is one of my favorite: "That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it hundred times more beautiful."
 Farid ad-Din Attar (d. 1230), one of the greatest Sufi mystic poets of all time, wrote in  The Rose Garden: In the rose bed, mystery glows. The secret is hidden in the rose.
The Quran honors the red rose by mentioning only it out of all flowers: When the sky is torn apart, so it was (like) a red rose like ointment. Then which of your Lords favors will you deny? (55:37-38).
"Nursi draws attention to the nightingale and its songs for the roses. According to Nursi, the nightingale, just like the angels, do not understand the meaning of their song, but we can understand. .......The nightingale's sorrowful song is not a complaint arising from animal grief, it is thanks in return for the gifts of the Most Merciful, which is the delight of gazing on the smiling, beautiful roses....The nightingale, its relation with the rose, and its songs is also one of the examples of Jaziri for the spiritual love and glorification of God by the creatures.  Although the substance of the nightingale's essence is the rose, he says, the brightness of the rose comes from the nightingale's sincere love and loyalty. It is not only the nightingale that demonstrates its feelings. The love, praise, and enthusiasm of other beings in general are like another nightingale joining the nightingale in singing. But Jaziri admits that they make him amazed by representing the deepest love to the rose, which symbolizes the beauty of God. However, some other creatures are not aware of the value of the rose; they lack the capacity and consciousness for that." ¬Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Nature -Ahmed i Jiziri and Said Nursi, ..M. Sait Ozervarli.

The rose is a beautiful flower, a beautiful creation of Allah, spreading beautiful fragrance, from its beautiful heart and  reflecting a beautiful message that only can be felt by the beautiful souls....Masha Allah...May Allah grant us beautiful souls.....