Friday, June 22, 2012

Hazrat Zunoon Misri {Egypt}

Hazrat Zunoon Misri ( Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez )
He was a famous Qalandar and dervish, And came from Egypt, Sufis say that the Qalandar order and the Malamati order comes from him, He was very eminent in his spiritual statues and he walked on the path of affliction and on blame (malamati). He spent most of his life travelling and wandering in deserts
His interests in Sufism began when he had a remarkable change when he saw a young Sufi who was hanging upside down on a tree and was continuously saying to his Nafs (Ego) 'Until you don’t come to my side to pray to God and worship Him, I will continue to punish you, until you die'.
After seeing this Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez)
began to cry, The dervish asked him about the reason of his crying. He said: 'I thought that you've killed some one, that's why you are punishing yourself like that.' The young dervish told him to go to a mountain where a Sufi is staying, he should go and meet him Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) went there and saw that a dervish is sitting there and his one leg was cut off and lying near him, Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) asked him that how did he lose his leg? The Sufi replied 'Once I was busy worshiping God when suddenly i saw a beautiful woman passing through, I felt attracted towards her and moved towards her with bad intention while i was just about to move i heard the Divine voice saying 'O shameless After 30 years of worshipping Me, now you are going to worship Satan',
After hearing that I cut off my leg as it was the first that moved towards the woman', The dervish then told Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) about another dervish, who was living at the top of that mountain, but beause it was impossible to climb over the mountain to go to the top, the dervish decided instead to tell Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) about his story, He said 'That dervish once sweared that he will never eat anything from the hands of humans, so for many months he didn't eat anything, later God sent some bees to him, who regularly provided him with honey. He is living by eating honey since then.
After seeing this all, Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) retired from this world and began his journey on the Sufi path.
He kept his statues hidden and it was only when he passed away that people repented and knew who he really was, It is known that when he died 70 awliyas of that period saw the holy prophet Muhammad (Sal-lal-lahu alaihi Wa Sallam ) who said that 'I have come to meet Zunoon the friend of god', and on his forehead when he died was written 'This is the beloved of allah, who died in love of allah, slain by allah, also on his funeral the birds were seen to shadow his body with their wings.
After seeing this the egyptians repented and held remorse for all the injustuce they had done to him, About his famous life it is said that Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) and his disciples were in a boat and were sailing down the River Nile when a boat came towards them full of merry makers and sinners, The disciples seeing this were disgusted and outraged they asked Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) to implore god so that their boat sinks, instead he prayed to god to give them a good life in this world and the next the disciple were astonished by his prayer but as soon as the boat came near the merry makers saw Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) and became emotional they broke their flutes and began to cry and repented.
To this Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) said 'that a good life in the next world is the repentance in this world, now you and them are all satisfyied with no harm to anyone'.
While traveling Hazrat Zunoon Misri (Qaddas Allahu Sirra ul Azeez) met an old woman in the desert he felt intrigued to ask her a question , so when the woman came near he asked her from where have you come from she replied 'From god' where are you going 'To god', he then took out a peice of gold and offered it to the woman who replied 'Oh Zunoon the notion you have formed about me is from the feebleness of your intelligence i work for god and accept nothing except from god, I worship him alone and take from him alone'.
His famous sayings are ' Sincerity is the sword of god on earth, It cuts everything it touches'
An Gnostic (Arif) is more lowly (humble) every day for he is approaching nearer to god every moment.

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