If I Only Knew…
In the majlis at night, on Monday, November 12, 2007, in the Khanqah Imdadia Ashrafia, of Gulshan Iqbal, Karachi Pakistan, our beloved Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (damat barakatuhum) mentioned a true story of a young man who fell in love with a girl. It so happened that this girl suddenly died and due to the fact that the young man was so infatuated in the love of this girl that he eventually lost his sanity in thought of her. He became completely insane and would aimlessly wander around reading this couplet:
If I only knew, then I would not have fallen in love with you….
At that time, many years ago, Hazratwala (damat barakatuhum) would give time at his dawa-khana (herbal medicine clinic) and noticed this young man roaming the streets mumbling these couplets to himself. So Hazrat sent someone to inquire what the story behind this was. When they inquired, they were informed of the above occurrence.
Hazratwala then explained that so many young people have destroyed their lives and wasted their precious youth over these perishing “idols”.
Anyone who surrendered their heart to the perishing “beloveds” of this temporary world eventually ended up utterly disappointed with their so-called “beloved”. This is because the love of those that pass away will also perish one day.
As for those intelligent people who surrendered their hearts to the True Beloved (Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala), because of the fact that their Beloved is eternal, their love is also eternal and that love eventually grants them eternal union with their Beloved.
Maulana Jalalud-Deen Rumi (rahimahullah) writes in his Mathnawi:
Love of the dead is not enduring, because the dead one is never coming back to us;
But love of the Ever-Living (Allah Ta`ala) is every moment fresher than a blossom in the heart and soul.
Choose the love of the Living One who is everlasting, who gives you to drink of the wine that increases life.
Choose the love of Him from whose love all the prophets gained power and glory.
Do not say, “We have no admission to that King.” For dealings with the generous are not difficult.