The Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to entertain the people with edibles too. This is also a Sunnah. That is what is being followed by the Elders continuously.
(Tea time on Monday, January 31, 2011)
(Tea time on Monday, January 31, 2011)
In an odd way, mathematics has often been somewhat of an oral tradition, since the impenetrability of much of the literature often meant that the only way to learn about something was to find an expert and get them to explain it to you.This quotation is relevant for us. A pitfall of modern education is to do the things in a self-help, do-it-yourself method. The Sufi way, the Path, the Method, the Journey is opposite of this fad. It consists of handing over yourself to your spiritual guide. Now this concept is the basis and the root of the mystic way. And this is difficult to accept for those who have got the modern education. They would like to reduce their dependence on others completely. That is understandable. Dependability is debilitating. Hence we do not like. We did not like dependability on parents, it was constraining and hence we were desperate to grow up. This was the route to escape dependability. So this is all true and part of our experience.
Behold ! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of Night and Day – there are indeed Signs for man of understanding.This seems like a tough game. One may ask that do I have to be conceited enough to declare myself a man of understanding to understand Signs of Allah?
Men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplating (wonders of ) creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): "Our Lord! not for nothing you have created (all) this ! Glory to you. Give us salvation from the Torment of the Fire:"Now looking at the first part we see that to be a man of understanding one has to praise Lord standing, sitting and lying on side. Now this is voluntary. Thus we get two conclusions. To understand the Signs of Allah we must be men of understanding – though this does not help much on the face of it. Secondly to be a man of understanding we must praise Lord in every condition. This might be difficult but it is doable. Thus to understand Signs of Allah is indeed voluntary.
Behold ! In the creation of the heavens (the sky) and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships across the ocean for the benefit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, and the life that He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that he scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they treat like their slaves between the sky and the earth – (here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.This is a long list of Signs. It is an overwhelming list except for those whose hearts have been locked. The parting shot makes it clear that to ignore Signs of Allah is an unwise thing to do. A very pertinent observation in present times where to be religious is considered a naive thing. May Lord Most High provide protection from such things.
Say those without knowledge : “Why speaks not Allah unto us? Or why comes not unto us a Sign?” So said the people before them words of similar import. Their hearts are alike. We have indeed made clear the signs unto any people who hold firmly to faith (in their hearts).We notice one thing immediately about this verse. It is not about people of knowledge and those without it. It is not about people of faith and without it. From the first set it chooses the latter while from the second set it chooses the former. Clearly people of knowledge are left out of this verse. And so are the people without faith. What about them ? Answer is simple. The people of knowledge are those for whom the Signs of Lord are clear – they are knowledgeable about it , they are the people of knowledge.