Thursday, January 05, 2006

The World is an Excess Baggage?

Dalam melalui hari-hari yang penuh keberkatan menjelang 10 zulhijjah ini, aku ingin mengingatkan diriku kepada satu cerita yang amat menarik, pada pendapatku. Mungkin ianya tidak mempunyai apa-apa relevan kepada kebanyakan orang.

Alkisah, seorang penuntut yang merupakan murid kepada seorang guru yang ternama telah bermimpi yang ianya berangkat ke Makkah untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji serta menziarahi makam Rasulullah di Madinah. Setelah terjaganya dari tidur, maka si murid ini pun berlari kerumah mursyid yang amat disayanginya untuk meminta izin untuk meninggalkan kuliah, dan seterusnya berangkat ke Makkah. Meskipun murid ini amat sayang kepada gurunya, tetapi beliau tidak dapat menerima hakikat bahawa gurunya hidup dalam serba kemewahan. Guru ini berumah besar dan berpakaian cantik dan mahal-mahal. Sebaliknya ajaran yang disampaikan kepada murid-muridnya adalah untuk memperbanyakan pengorbanan dan mengurangkan kesayangan kepada dunia.

Apabila gurunya mendengar tentang mimpi dan cadangan si murid tadi, maka beliau pun segera berdiri dan menyeru, "Saya pun ingin bersamamu ke Makkah dan Madinah!" Alangkah seronoknya si murid kerana dapat bermusafir dan mengerjakan ibadah haji beserta guru yang disayanginya.

Baru sehari berjalan, murid tadi teringat akan ceret yang selalu digunanya untuk berwudhuk yang telah tertinggal di rumah. Keadaan ini telah membuat dia gelisah di sepanjang perjalanan. Setibanya di satu wadi maka dia pun meminta izin gurunya untuk berpatah balik untuk membolehkan beliau mengambil barang tersebut.

Sekembalinya ke wadi dan setelah gurunya melihat keadaan muridnya yang tercungap-cangip keletihan dan dalam keadaan penuh berdebu kerana berkejar untuk mengambil cangkir yang tertinggal, dia pun berkata, "Ayuhai murid. Selama ini engkau tak dapat menerima keadaanku yang pada pandangan dan sangkaanmu adalah hanyut dalam kemewahan. Akan tetapi ternyata hati engkau lebih tertambat kepada dunia. Sebaik engkau menceritakan tujuanmu yang telah mengingatkan aku kepada Kaabah dan Rasululullah, tanpa berlengah aku telah bersetuju untuk meninggalkan rumah dan keluargaku untuk bersamamu. Akan tetapi engkau tak dapat menenangkan hatimu kerana teringatkan satu perkara yang kecil sehingga sanggup melengahkan pertemuanmu dengan Baitullah dan Rasulullah."

Itulah hati. Selagi hati ini tak dapat ku didik untuk meletakkan sayang pada tempat yang sesuai dan betul, selagi itulah aku akan alpa dan lalai. Meskipun bukan tujuanku untuk meninggalkan dunia tetapi bagaimana agaknya dapat ku latihkan hati ini untuk mengurangkan ia dari terlalu tertambat kepada dunia.

Secara kebetulan kisah yang sama juga diceritakan oleh seorang Mursyid Tariqah Jerrahi, Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al Jerrahi, dari Turki sewaktu ditanya tentang apa yang dimaksudkan dengan berada di dunia tetapi tidak bersifat keduniaan.

SHEIKH TOSUN BAYRAK: Let me answer that question by telling you a story. Ibn Arabi, who is considered to be the greatest sheikh in Sufism, was traveling to Mecca, and he passed through Tunisia. In Tunisia he was told that there was a holy man living there whom he must visit. This holy man was a fisherman who lived in a mud hut on the beach and caught three fish a day, no more, and he gave the bodies of these fish to poor and hungry people. He himself boiled the heads of the fish, and just ate the heads. He did this day after day, year after year. He was living the life of a monastic person, a person who has divorced himself from the world totally, and, of course, Ibn Arabi was very impressed with this discipline. So he talked to the fisherman and the fisherman asked, "Where are you going? Are you going to pass through Cairo?" Ibn Arabi nodded and the fisherman said, "My sheikh lives there. Will you please visit him and ask him for advice for me, because all these years that I have been praying and living humbly like this, I haven't received any advancement in my spiritual life. Please ask him to give me advice."

Ibn Arabi promised him that he would, and so when he arrived in Cairo, he asked the people in the city where this sheikh lived and they said, "Do you see the huge palace on the top of the hill? He lives there." So he went to this beautiful palace on the top of the hill, knocked on the door, and was received very well. They brought him into a large, luxurious waiting room, gave him food to eat, and made him comfortable. But the sheikh had gone to visit the king. And Sufis don't normally visit kings or people in high positions. It's forbidden because they can become an additional curtain between us and God, an additional attachment to the world.

While Ibn Arabi was in this luxurious room waiting for the sheikh, he looked out the window and saw a procession coming. The sheikh was riding a beautiful Arabian horse and was wearing a big turban, diamond rings, a fur coat, and had a whole honor guard of soldiers at his side, and he arrived with great pomp at the palace. But he was a very nice man, and came and greeted Ibn Arabi warmly, and they sat down and started talking. At some point in the conversation, Ibn Arabi said, "You have a student in Tunisia." And the sheikh replied, "Yes, I know." And Ibn Arabi said, "He asked for your spiritual advice." "Tell my student," the sheikh said, "If he's so attached to this world, he's never going to get anywhere."

So this was confusing to Ibn Arabi, but on his trip back, he stopped in Tunisia. He went to the fisherman there, who immediately asked, "Did you see my sheikh?" "Yes, I saw your sheikh," he replied. "What did he say?" asked the fisherman. And Ibn Arabi, looking uncomfortable, said, "Well, your sheikh, you know, he lives in great pomp and great luxury." The fisherman replied, "Yes, I know. What did he say?" So Ibn Arabi told him: "He said as long as you're so attached to this world, you are never going to get anywhere." And the fisherman cried and cried. "He's right," he said, "each day, when I give those three fish bodies to the people, my heart goes with them. Each day, I wish I could have a whole fish instead of just a head, while my sheikh lives in great luxury but doesn't care at all about it. Whether he has it or not, it doesn't touch him."

That's what it means to be in the world but not of the world. It means that, as Sufis, we are supposed to be out in the world participating in the world, but not falling in love with the world. There is a hadith [a saying of the Prophet Muhammad] that tells us: The world is your friend if it reminds you of God, and it is your enemy if it makes you forget God.

4 comments:

dr in the house said...

Keng,

For a lay-man like me, Sufi stories always make my small mind boggle. I have to read and re read to really digest the true meaning of it. In this case, it may seemed ironic that someone who is indulging so much in material wealth can actually be detached from it. But apperently when one has achieved that level, their hearts are constantly remembering Allah swt.

But if I were to refer to sunnah Rasulullah, he was a person who prefered not to immerse himself in wordly richness...in fact I have never come a cross a hadith that advocate a similar practice as the above story. Allahu'alam!

sya said...

True.. ramai antara kita yg terlalu memikirkan perkara yg remeh temeh... susah nak terangkan di sini but like yr tajuk "excess bagage in life". Kita terlalu risau mengenai ada ke duit esuk .. masa dah tua .. bla bla bla. Itu antaranya. Kak sya sendiri susah nak hilangkan all those kerisauan dan kebimbangan. Kena yakinkan dalam hati semuanya aturan dan pemberian Allah.

Abe said...

Aneh & sukar dimengerti...melainkan yang mengalami dan merasakan kecintaanNYa.

Tapi kita disuruh Allah sentiasa berfikir & berzikir,
"Mereka yang sentiasa berzikir (ingat) kepada Allah dalam keadaan berdiri, duduk dan berbaring dan berfikir tentang kejadian langit dan bumi...Al Imran.

Ku Keng said...

Eid Mubarak. Kullu 'aamin wa antum bi khair. Semoga Allah SWT mengampuni kita sekeluarga.