I am in the midst of wedding hungama ( craziness) my sister-in-law is getting married. Amongst the angst of what to wear and what to pack and the matching shoes, the menus and the favors & decorations- I feel like I am losing contact with Allah; salahs are read hurriedly because the tables needs to be set up and centerpieces are waiting for a final touch up. Monday fast are delayed because the abundance of food, scrumptious desserts and hospitality. My soul’s connection is shaky, interrupted by the many loved ones coming together from places far and near. I read the following story on Haq Islam, it brings me down to reality, May we remember Allah (SWT) in our festivities, in our happiness as we do in our sadness, Ameen.
A pious man relates that in one of my journeys I once saw a young Bedouin girl.
“Where do you stay?” I enquired
“The jungle”, she replied.
“Do you not feel lonely?” I asked curiously.
She answered, “Oh Shaykh, one who befriends Allah and keeps His company can never be lonely”.
I asked, “Where do you eat?”
She replied, “Allah knows best from where He provides for His creation. He gives it to those who believe in Him”.
Then she went on to say, “The hearts that are alive with the recognition of Allah’s oneness and have relented to His love, their food is the love of Allah and His Company”.