Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Who is the Master....

Junaid was a famous Sufi mystic. Once he was going through the market-place of the town with his disciples. It was his way to take any situation & use it to teach his disciples a lesson. 

 

 A man was dragging his cow by a rope, & Junaid stopped the man. 

Then he told his disciples, "Surround this man & the cow. I am going to teach Ʊ something."


The man stopped. Junaid asked his disciples, "I ask Ʊ one thing: who is bound to whom? Is the cow bound to this man or is this man bound to this cow?" 


The disciples answered, "Of course, the cow is bound to the man. The man is the master, he is holding the rope, the cow has to follow him wherever he goes. He is the master & the cow is the slave.’


And Junaid said, "Now, see." He took out his scissors & cut the rope .....&  the cow escaped.


The man ran after the cow, &  Junaid said ’Now look what is happening! Now Ʊ see who is the master; the cow is not interested at all in this man – in fact, she is escaping." 


The man was very angry, he said, "What kind of experiment is this?" 


But Junaid said to his disciples, "This is the case with Ʊr mind.

All the nonsense that Ʊ are carrying inside is not interested in Ʊ.

 Ʊ are interested in it, Ʊ are keeping it together somehow –  Ʊ are the one interested IN it. The moment Ʊ lose interest, the moment Ʊ understand the futility of it, it will start disappearing; like the cow it will escape."


When we accomodate negative thoughts & give them boarding & lodging in our minds- then our thoughts control us- thus becoming our master & enslaving us. The best thing to do, whenever negative thoughts enter our head including waswasa(whisperings of Shaytaan) is not to pay heed to these tawts & they will automatically leave our minds. 


Allαh Subhana Ta'ala tells us in the Qur’an “And if an evil whisper from Shaitan (Satan) tries to turn you away (O Muhammad) (from doing good), then seek refuge in Allah. Verily, He is the All Hearer, the All Knower” (Quran)

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