Our Death

Death Quote

Our death is our wedding with eternity.


Take Warning from the example of Iblis

Wealth has no permanence: it comes in the morning,
and at night it is scattered to the winds.
Physical beauty too has no importance,
for a rosy face is made pale by the scratch of a single thorn.
Noble birth also is of small account,
for many become fools of money and horses.
Many a nobleman’s son has disgraced his father by his wicked deeds.
Don’t court a person full of talent either,
even if he seems exquisite in that respect:
take warning from the example of Iblis!
Iblis had knowledge, but since his love was not pure,
he saw in Adam nothing but a figure of clay.

Masnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

The Detainee and The Detained

It is said that a rich man had a slave named Sanqar, who was hard working, honest, feared Allah and abstained from wrongdoing. Always mindful and with a heart full of love for Allah, he was a contrast to his master who was a non-practising Muslim with shaky belief.

Once, at midnight, the master called him aloud to leave his bed, take the luggage and accompany him on a journey. Sanqar made haste, at the first call of his master, left his warm bed, collected the luggage and followed him.

Morning dawned on the way, and they heard the Adhaan from a nearby mosque. Sanqar took his master’s permission to join the prayers, reckoning that he would sit close by and relax. The master told him return as soon as possible.

Sanqar entered the mosque and the master, forgetful of Allah, waited outside. The Salah completed, all the worshippers and the Imam came out and walked away.

Now the master walked to the very door of the Masjid and called upon Sanqar by name, demanding how was it that he had not come out of the Masjid yet, while even the Imam had left. Sanqar replied from within, “O Master, I am trying my best, but they don’t let me out. Just hold on for a while. I know you are waiting outside.”

The master hurried seven times to the entrance of the Masjid, calling Sanqar by name. hearing the same answer every time. His temper flared up, and he shouted indignantly, “Sanqar! All the men and Imam have left long ago, what are you doing alone in the Masjid? Who is detaining you inside the Masjid?”

Sanqar’s voice rang from inside, “O Master, the same one who is preventing you from entering the Masjid is the One keeping me inside.”

(Source: Tales from Rumi)

Tests and Trials

This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

This life is a dream

This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

Don’t Grieve

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Maulana jalaluddin Rumi


Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.
Maulana jalaluddin Rumi

The World is like a Courtroom

The world is like a courtroom, with Allah as our judge. We are called upon to fulfill our covenant with Allah, who asked, “Am I not your Lord?” To which we answered, “Yea.” And since here on earth we are on trial, our every word and action form the witnesses to and the evidence of that agreement.
Mathnavi of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

What is in your heart?

Whoever has Allah in his heart,
His helper in both worlds is Allah;
And whoever has other than Allah in his heart,
His opponent in both worlds is Allah.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

The reality of this world

“This world is a passing dream which the sleeper is convinced is real, until unexpectedly the dawn of death frees him from this fantasy.”


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