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).
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.....