Story of an old man and his lost son

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It appears in Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal (r.a.), The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said, “Surely I know a verse of Qur’an which, if people would have followed, would have sufficed for them concerning everything:

From Qur’an:

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“………. And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out, And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.” (Surat At-talaq verse 2-3)

An old man came to Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (r.a).  Overcome with sorrow he had unbuttoned his shirt, was clawing at and pounding on his chest and wailing.  He came down on his knees and holding onto the sleeves of Rumi’s (r.a) coat said, “I had a poor little child, only seven.  They kidnapped him!  I have become weak searching after him!”

Rumi (r.a) said to him, “How strange!  All beings have lost Allah yet they do not search for Him, nor demand from anyone to help them find Him.  They neither pound their chests nor tear at their hair.  Such an old man as you destroys himself in the longing for a child.  Why do you not seek Allah and ask for His Help, so that you can find your Yusuf(Joseph) like Ya’qub(Jacob)?”

The old man buttoned his shirt and repented.  Soon he was given the good news that his son had been found.  Allah is the One who bestowed the child.  Above one’s love and search for a child, Allah must be sought after and loved.

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3 responses to “Story of an old man and his lost son

    • Countless desires/needs provided won’t satisfy Bani Adam except Allah (s.w.t) himself, the Dhat/Essence of Allah which we will InshaAllah behold on the day of resurrection, that is the utmost bliss.

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