“Mom, you don’t have to work anymore. Relax. I can support you now. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me.”
I made a journey through the desert of your love. Searching for some hint that you might join me. I saw in every home I passed along the way, the corpses scattered of those who went before me. - Rumi
The thing about these translations is that they don’t capture any depth. I also don’t know why you sent this to me haha, but let’s discuss, shall we?
The ‘desert’ can refer to the process of annihilation and the journey ultimately is to defeat our Self and attain His pleasure. It is, in essence, the different stages one must take to wage war against all the traces of one’s spiritual existence that is not in absolute unity with that of God. This is ultimate sincerity and ultimate submission.
The ‘home(s)’ are these very stages that we must go through to rid ourselves of the selfish thought that we somehow do not belong to God and that to Him we will surely return (2:156). In this life, that acceptance is to annihilate our Self, our Ego and all that is not in God’s Will. Thus, only our bodies remain, which we protect, for His sake. But our soul? It is completely submitted to God – our bodies are alive - as are our souls – but the death is of our Self.
These Selves, of people who have submitted themselves to God, have left behind these ‘corpses’. They are at every stage, at every turn, when we encounter those who have given up the need to put anything of themselves or of others before God. The Will that remains in the dead is that of God.
You see, there is more to this life than what we see and what we think we know. There is a point. And it is Him.
In the words of my beautiful friend Sara,
“You who never sleeps who gives without request,
"GOD - there is no deity save Him, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent Fount of All Being. Neither slumber overtakes Him, nor sleep." (2:255)
You who allows failures to finish at their best,
SAY: “[Thus speaks God:] ‘O you servants of Mine who have transgressed against your own selves! Despair not of God’s mercy: behold, God forgives all sins - for, verily, He alone is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace!’” (39:53)
You, who despite falsehood and lies, are an Eternal Truth known to all who are wise enough to know,
SAY: “He is the One God: ‘God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of All Being.He begets not, and neither is He begotten; and there is nothing that could be compared with Him’” (112)
That the most beautiful thing in this world – the most beautiful thing in Islam – is to know You.”
"In time We shall make them fully understand Our messages [through what they perceive] in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and within themselves,so that it will become clear unto them that this [revelation] is indeed the truth." (41:53)
Much love :)