Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu aleihi wassalam) said:
“Souls are like crowds which gather together. The ones who met before get along well. The ones who did not meet before, cannot get along very well and separate.” (Bukhari, Anbiya, 2)
This hadith always reminds me of a story a beloved recounted to me alhamdullilah. Let me tell you too. I also don’t have the sources to the story, so if you find them, please share them with me so I can know where it’s written insha’Allah.
Anyway, it’s about Khidr, a believer that Allah has favored with knowledge and mystical powers masha’Allah. He is widely known for his encounter with Prophet Mussa (Moses) aleihi salam.
So, Khidr once went to a mosque, and he saw a believer taking a nap while a sermon or prayer was taking place. He tried to tell the believer who had his eyes shut to pay attention. The believer told him to leave him alone, and he went back to his sleeping. Khidr insisted again that the man stopped sleeping and showed some respect by listening to the sermon or prayer. The believer was aggravated and told Khidr to leave him alone. After several interruptions, the believer got highly irritated and told Khidr that if Khidr didn’t leave him alone, he will tell everyone present about Khidr’s true identity.
Khidr was taken aback. He thought, “Who is this guy who knows me but I know nothing about?” Khidr had a log of names of all the beloveds of Allah and those who are also enemies of Allah. Khidr checked the different books, and this believer’s name, who just wanted a peaceful nap, wasn’t listed.
So Khidr went to Allah and asked for the meaning of this encounter. Allah told him that He, Allah, has a book of Beloved Servants that no-one knows except Him. And that in addition, the believer in that mosque was one of these unlisted Beloved Servants. It’s deep right? It makes one ponder for sure.
So when I disagree with other believers in the ummah or simply find them toxic to my person, I try to remember that we are all beloved to Allah even if we don’t agree with each other. I do me, and I let them do them. I forgive them too but I don’t necessarily interact with them if I still find them toxic to my person. Why do I often stay away from some of these toxic people even after I have forgiven them? Because our souls simply just don’t fancy each other. The metaphysical aspect of it, is the explanation, and I truly believe this deep in my core.
So thank you for reading and stay classy folks! #BeYou
Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu!
Papatya*— Free-Spirited Thinker, Aspirational Sufi
“The way I see it, some of us are friends to the Creator. Some of us are beloved of Him that his friends don’t particularly fancy while He can be our beloved but we (the friends don’t fancy one another). And life goes on. You do you and I do me.” Papatia Feauxzar