The Reality of Hubb-Love

August 21, 2023

A scholar-saint once stated:

جَرَتْ مَسْأَلَةٌ فِي الْمَحَبَّةِ بِمَكَّةَ – أَعَزَّهَا اللَّهُ تَعَالَى – أَيَّامَ الْمَوْسِمِ، فَتَكَلَّمَ الشُّيُوخُ فِيهَا. وَكَانَ الْجُنَيْدُ أَصْغَرَهُمْ سِنًّا. فَقَالُوا: هَاتِ مَا عِنْدَكَ يَا عِرَاقِيُّ. فَأَطْرَقَ رَأْسَهُ، وَدَمِعَتْ عَيْنَاهُ. ثُمَّ قَالَ: عَبْدٌ ذَاهِبٌ عَنْ نَفْسِهِ، مُتَّصِلٌ بِذِكْرِ رَبِّهِ، قَائِمٌ بِأَدَاءِ حُقُوقِهِ، نَاظِرٌ إِلَيْهِ بِقَلْبِهِ، أَحْرَقَتْ قَلْبَهُ أَنْوَارُ هَيْبَتِهِ. وَصَفَا شُرْبُهُ مِنْ كَأْسِ وُدِّهِ. وَانْكَشَفَ لَهُ الْجَبَّارُ مِنْ أَسْتَارِ غَيْبِهِ. فَإِنْ تَكَلَّمَ فَبِاللَّهِ. وَإِنْ نَطَقَ فَعَنِ اللَّهِ. وَإِنْ تَحَرَّكَ فَبِأَمْرِ اللَّهِ. وَإِنْ سَكَنَ فَمَعَ اللَّهِ. فَهُوَ بِاللَّهِ وَلِلَّهِ وَمَعَ اللَّهِ.

فَبَكَى الشُّيُوخُ وَقَالُوا: مَا عَلَى هَذَا مَزِيدٌ. جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ يَا تَاجَ الْعَارِفِينَ.

A question regarding [the reality of] ḥubb-love was brought forth in Mecca – May Allāh Exalt it in Esteem – during the days of Hajj. So the Scholars [of the inward realities] began to discuss it. [Sayyid] Junayd [May Allah Sanctify His Soul] was among them and the youngest of all. So they said: “Come, what do you have to say [about this] O ‘Iraqī?” He [Junayd] lowered his head, tears trickling down his eyes. Then he said: 

“[Ḥubb-love is]: An ‘abd [slave] that has parted ways with his nafs [lower self]; connected to [and by] the Remembrance of His Lord; constantly upholding His due rights; always gazing upon Him with his [spiritual] heart; incinerated by the effulgent lights of His Divine, Overwhelming-Awe; his [spiritual] drink made ever-pure from the Cup of His Tender, Affectionate Love; revealing to him, The Compelling-Mender from the layered veils of His unseen realm. And therefore, if he speaks, it is by Allāh; if he breaks his silence, it is about Allāh; if he moves about, it is by the Command of Allāh; if he remains still and motionless, it is with Allāh. For he is by Allāh, for Allāh and with Allāh.” 

Thereupon the Scholars began to weep and said: “Nothing can possibly be added to this. May Allāh reward you, O Crown of The True, Intimate Knowers of Allāh.

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