Al Wadud is the sole goal of the heart which seeks the love of Allah. But love is only possible if the lover is aware of the beloved, as well as the beauty and perfection of the beloved.
The Most Beautiful Names by Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al Halveti
My Shaykh advises his students to “enjoy life-enjoy Allah in life”. I ponder moving through the day with such Allah consciousness that in enjoying life I am actually with Allah in every breathing moment. It’s possible to Love Allah with every one of our five, physical senses. When we are with our nafs we are only enjoying life based on desires, wants, and aversions. We are tethered and drawn here or there based on our animalistic intincts. One time, more than one time, I’ve craved a slice of pizza. The smell drew me in and the thought of the gooey cheese, the crispy crust, and sweet tomato sauce taunted me. When I finally sat down to eat it I was so unaware that I dug in furiously and burnt my tongue and mouth. Now I couldn’t taste that which I craved and desired so intensely. I lost interest in the pizza as soon as I couldn’t taste it anymore. This is what the nafs do, they overcome our senses, our critical thinking, and our common sense. Should we not eat pizza because of our nafs? No. We should eat the pizza without our taunting nafs and instead enjoy the pizza with Allah. It’s not food or objects of this world that distract us from being close to Allah it’s our perspective and how we interact with the world that draws our attention away from His beautiful essence. So, if we want to eat and be aware of our connection to Allah we are quite capable–with practice. I learned from my Shaykh that eating is sacred. We can sit down to a slice of pizza or any meal beginning with Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim, In the name of Allah the Compassionate the Merciful. With each bite, with every morsel– taste, truly taste what Allah provides for us. Food is Ar-Razaqq–Sustenance and Al Muquit–the Nourisher.
We have at least three times a day to practice enjoying life with Allah, Loving Allah. Alhumdullilah! I think I will go have a snack with Allah. 🙂