Many a time we have seen mothers slap or hit their children when they have been naughty or disobedient. Despite this, those children cling on to their mothers and refuse to leave them. That little child is teaching us a lesson : Although I am getting a hiding well deserved, how can I leave my mother ? Where would I go ?
If that child is not prepared to leave its mother, then where are we going to go, leaving our Allah? There is no one else for us, except Allah.
It is mentioned in the Mathnavi of Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) that once Allah Ta’ala said to Nabi Moosa (‘Alaihis Salaam) : “I love My bondsmen very much when they behave towards Me like infants, who in spite of their mother’s punishment and anger still attach themselves to her, instead of fleeing. When that mother gives him a slap, he still flees to her and while crying, holds onto her strongly. The small child does not want help from anyone save the mother. He even shows no inclination to his father. Instead he looks upon his mother as the source and origin of all good and evil. O Moosa, your imagination and connection with us in good and evil is similar to that; that except for Us, your attention is not drawn to anyone else ...”
Thus, no matter what the condition or circumstance, our dependence upon Allah Ta’ala should be as the child’s dependence upon its mother.
On the acceptance, patience, tolerance and fortitude exercised, Allah Ta’ala blesses a person with the sweetness of Imaan. As I have mentioned, this quality of Imaan is, however, acquired from the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala), those who possess the same in their hearts. This then is transferred and kindled into the hearts of those who keep their company.
The companions of Nabi are known as ‘Sahabah’ because they spent time in the company of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and received from his heart, the great wealth and treasure of Imaan and Ishq of Allah Ta’ala.
My Sheikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) says most beautifully and aptly in one of his poems : “ ... the condition (of success) is (some) kind attention of the men of love, otherwise this gem of love cannot be had ...”