Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Body And Soul (Part II)

By thinking and observing well, it can be understood that were it not for the cares and disasters in the world, the world would have no value. Tragic events and misfortunes do away with the darkness and dullness of the world. The bitterness of cares and sorrows is like the bitterness of useful medicine that will cure a disease.

I, this poor person, understand that at some banquets given with wicked intentions or for ostentation or for some advantages, the offence given to the host by finding fault with the food or through some other annoyance, does away with the obscurity and the sin in the food that originates from an evil intention, thereby causing it to be accepted. If it were not for the guests' complaints and insults that offended the host, the food would be unprofitable and not blessed, and so it would not be accepted. The hurt in the heart causes acceptance. Then, we, who always think of our physical comfort and pleasures, and who always run toward this purpose, are in a very difficult situation.

Allahu ta'ala declares in the fifty-sixth ayat-i karima [1] of Surat-u-Wa-z-ariyat [2]: "I created human beings and genies only so that they will worship Me." Worships are designed to break the heart and to enable it to understand its lowness. Man's creation is intended so that he will despise and humble himself. This world is like a dungeon when compared to the Muslims' life after death, the blessings of Paradise. It is unreasonable for Muslims to seek pleasure and dissipation in this dungeon. Then, it is necessary to get used to sufferings, torments and trouble in this world. There is no other way than putting up with the afflictions here (in this world).

May Allahu ta'ala, for the sake of your blessed ancestor (Rasulullah), bless us, His weak born servants, with walking in this way! Amin [3]. [In the book Rashahat, Hadrat [4] Ubaydullah-i ahrar 'rahmatullahi ta'ala aleyh' says, "Man is created to worship Allah. The point and the essence of 'ibadat (worship) is to make the qalb (heart) become aware of Allahu ta'ala at all times."]

[1] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[2] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[3] amin: "accept my prayer, my Allahu ta'ala the Greatest".
[4] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.