The Magnet That Pulls Hearts
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah ‘alayh)
We know that magnets draw different metals: steel, iron, nickel and other material. Imagine if the Ka'bah Sharif had the properties of a magnet. How much would it have drawn —considering its proportions and weight? One ton? Two tons? Perhaps ten tons?
However, the Ka'bah Sharif is not a magnet like the magnets of this world. Whilst it is made of stone, it contains Allah Ta'ala's Tajalliyaat. It thus has a different kind of magnetic effect. It does not draw metal; instead, it draws the hearts. Subhanallah!
Throughout history, we find that the Baitullah drew the hearts of the Ambiyaa (‘alayhimus salam) to it. It drew the Mubarak heart of Sayyidul Mursalin (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and it pulled the hearts of all the Sahabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), the Tabi'een, Tabu't Tabi'een, millions of Auliya-e-Siddiqin, Gauth, Qutub and Abdaal.
It also pulls sinful, sinful ones like us.
The Ka'bah Sharif has such magnetism, which draws and pulls and attracts millions and billions. Unlike a magnet which has limitations regarding the amount it draws, we find people pouring into Makkah Mukarramah, into Masjidul Haraam, because their hearts are pulled to the Mubarak Baitullah. And there is no end to the number of people.
This attraction is not because of the stone; it is due to the Tajalliyat of Allah Ta'ala, which pulls the hearts that have the commodity of Imaan.
For a magnet to draw another metal, the metal has to have specific properties. Without it, there is no attraction and no pull. Once these properties are found, the metal is drawn, and we see how it clings to the magnet.
Imaan is the necessary component in the heart, which the Tajalliyat of Allah Ta'ala pulls. A person's heart desires to be nearer and nearer to Baitullah, desires to cling onto the Multazam, to enter the Hatim, to hold onto the Ghilaaf of the Kab'ah Sharif, to make Istilam of Hajre Aswad and to touch the Rukne Yamani.
If a knife is taken and is constantly rubbed against a magnet, it will draw the properties of the magnet and will be able to also draw metals. There used to be a shoemaker outside my late father's shop in the old days. He used to have a magnet, and he used to take a knife or piece of metal and rub it over the magnet. The effect of the magnet would then be evident in the knife or piece of metal, and it would be able to also draw nails and other such items. In those days, we even saw the ladies in the family use magnets to pick up their pins and needles.
Since the blade or the knife made contact with the magnet, it drew that magnetic effect. The greater the effort made and the more the knife rubbed against the magnet, the more it increased in its magnetic effect.
If contact was for a lengthy time, the magnetic effect would be strong; if for a short time, the magnetic effect would be temporary; and if there was no contact, then there would be no effect.
The friends of Allah Ta'ala have made such effort on their hearts with their Mujahadah (Striving) and Ibaadaat; they have “rubbed” their hearts – so to speak – with the Zikr of Allah Ta'ala and with Durood Sharif. Their hearts are filled with such Ishq and Ma'rifat of Allah Ta'ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu' alayhi wasallam) that their hearts also became like magnets.
Similar to how the Ka'bah Sharif pulls the hearts of people, these pious servants also cause the hearts of people to be attracted towards them.
Since the heart has drawn the “magnetic” effect of Allah Ta'ala's Love, it also draws people's hearts.
In the company of the Auliya Allah, we will draw that love of Allah Ta'ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that Khashiyat and Yaqin.
Zikrullah and Durood Sharif will increase the strength of our hearts until our hearts, too, will become like magnets.