As salam o alaikum/Hi guys 🙂
A friend shared this inspiring story and poem with me, and I thought I’ll share it with you all.
A young, new scholar of Islam was walking with an older, more seasoned scholar in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) had in mind for him to do, he was asking the older scholar for advice. The older scholar walked up to a rosebush and handed the young scholar a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young scholar looked in disbelief at the older scholar and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of Allah for his life and ministry.
But because of his great respect for the older scholar, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do. Noticing the younger scholar’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older scholar began to recite the following poem:
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of Allah’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
Allah opens this flower so sweetly,
Then in my hands they die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of Allah’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I’ll trust in Allah for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Allah for His guidance
Each step of the way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only Allah knows.
I’ll trust him to unfold the moments,
Just as he unfolds the rose.
Do what you can, but trust in Allah’s plan. Know that it is the best plan with the most benefit to your hereafter, regardless of how much it clashes with your desires or digresses from the road map you had chalked out for life.
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said: “With His throne over the waters, Allah foreordained the fates of His creatures fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.”