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Rumi On Forgiveness

October 23, 2009

Everyone is prone to making mistakes. One’s greatness doesn’t lie in the non-committal of mistake but in seeking forgiveness soon upon realizing it. Mistakes are of two types. One, that directly break God’s rule and hence you go against His will. Second, that hurt feelings of those you are dealing with. Actually, almost every mistake involves both hurting people and breaking God’s law simultaneously. So this means one has to seek forgiveness of the person concerned and then of  God.

You know seeking forgiveness from a person is a tough thing. But forgiving someone is the toughest. How strangely we all are connected in the web of emotions! But things are different in the divine realm. God does forgive. Anyway, those were just random thoughts about committing mistakes and seeking forgiveness.

I had read Rumi’s poem quoted below, in a personal letter from Qudratullah Shahaab to Mumtaz Mufti, printed in Alakh Nagri. Mumtaz Mufti had hard time battling and curbing his temptations even at quite an old age. He knew he was running after mirages. Yes, who would expect a man close to 70 to be fallen for a woman in 20s and then roam the roads of Rawalpindi with her on the two-wheeler. I appreciate Mumtaz Mufti’s honesty. It takes loads of guts to admit the eccentricities of one’s nature. When he got sick, he wrote to Qudratullah and he somehow helped him out of that quagmire. Mumtaz Mufti admitted he loved confiding in him because he, unlike others, never admonished him. Perhaps that is why he took him to be a Sufi – a saint.

This poem basically says what we usually hear from elders is that the doors of divine forgiveness remain open so one shouldn’t give up hope that he/she wouldn’t be forgiven.

Come, come, whoever you are
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving
It doesn’t matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2009 7:24 am

    Thought provoking stuff and a very beautiful poem by the inspirational Rumi!
    Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

  2. October 24, 2009 12:33 pm

    mujhey to samajh hi nahi aaya

    • October 26, 2009 11:57 am

      Read it again! Samajh aa hi jaye gaa 😛

  3. October 24, 2009 1:21 pm

    Really Nice Sharing

  4. captureuniverse permalink
    October 26, 2009 5:23 am

    The most toughest thing is asking forgiveness from human cause Allah may forgive but human can’t, the most difficult decision in life to forgive someone….

    We should practice to forgive by heart, we mightnot become saint by doing so but a human perhaps…. 🙂

    • October 26, 2009 11:59 am

      I know it is tough asking forgiveness from people but sometimes we have to irrespective of whether that person forgives or not… now that is where the one’s greatness lies.

  5. October 26, 2009 6:45 am

    a true depiction of unconditional blessings of Allah Tala

  6. October 26, 2009 5:11 pm

    I’d say, even tougher is to accept and try to correct your mistakes. Thats when you ACTUALLY learn… Nice sharing (Y)

  7. zain permalink
    October 26, 2009 8:07 pm

    i am in love with that poem.
    there are three kind of people. one who really forgive, two who do’t and three who dont forgive but hide this and always search for the oppurtuinty to take their revenge. Inshallah you are the first one.

    • October 28, 2009 2:43 pm

      Its Rumi’s gem of a poem. Thanks for having faith. I can only try.

  8. November 1, 2009 6:31 pm

    Very True!
    Thank you for sharing the knowledge.

  9. irum Gul permalink
    November 3, 2009 5:27 pm

    giving and forgiving! we should try to practice these good personality traits very often… works.

    • November 4, 2009 7:59 pm

      It should be giving and forgetting. One can’t always give really. Forgiving is tough but not impossible.

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