Thursday, 8 November 2007

Tears from the Heart

I was reading Martin Lings biography of the Prophet Muhammad and came across this interesting story about tears and the mercy of God.

Lings recalls the time when the Prophet Muhammad went to the grave of his daughter, Ruqayyah. His other daughter, Fatima, accompanied him. As they sat at the side of Ruqayyah's grave, the tears poured from the eyes of Fatima for her sister. The Prophet comforted her and dried her tears with the corner of his cloak. The Prophet's companion, Umar, raised his voice against the weeping at which the Prophet said, "Let them weep, what comes from the heart and from the eye, that is from God and His mercy, but what cometh from the hand and from the tongue, that is from Satan."

This reminded me of Rumi's poetry, "Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation"...

I found an interesting collection of some of his poetry translated. Enjoy!

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