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A crippled buck in the jaws of a lion

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Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) mentions an example in his Mathnavi Sharif of a buck which had a limp in its leg. As this crippled buck was hopping and jumping along, it was caught by a lion. Even though in the jaws of the lion, it tried to escape. The more it tried to free itself from the lion’s mouth, the more difficulty it experienced.

Since it was already in the lion’s mouth, it should have accepted the consequences. It could not run away. There was no question of running away, especially since the buck was limping. How could it then escape such a huge lion? It was better for the buck to remain still. It may have happened that the lion saw another buck and left the crippled one to prey on that one.

Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) then explains that this is exactly our condition. Where and how are we going to escape the Power of Allah Ta’ala? Can we escape the Decision and Will of Allah Ta’ala?

There is no doubt in the fact that there will be many tests, trials and difficulties. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief :

“We will definitely test you with some fear, some hunger and some loss in your wealth, in your health and in the fruits (‘fruits’ denote many things). Give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
And when any trial reaches them, they say : ‘ Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon ’ (from Allah we have come and to Him is our return). They are those on whom are the benefactions of their Lord, and receive His mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.”
[Surah Al-Baqarah : 155/156/157 ]

Allah Ta’ala is informing us, that in this world, ordeals are to be expected and patience, tested. Tidings of grace and peace are conveyed to those who patiently withstand such trials, not expressing ingratitude but rather turning to Allah and remembering Him.

Unfortunately, the moment a person suffers a little difficulty, he says : “I must insure everything.” A little loss of some goods and the person says that the only way to protect everything is insurance. Instead of turning towards Allah Ta’ala or becoming strict in matters of Shariah, the person turns towards insurance and starts insuring everything. Then he suffers more and more.

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