Commentary on Seven Advices from Rumi by Shaykha Muzeyyen

I will write a seven paragraph commentary for the advice that Rumi has given us. As usual Rumi gives much food for thought. Here is the first one. Please tell me what being generous like rivers mean to you as well.

  1. In generosity and helping others be like the Rivers: We all have different feelings attached to rivers, for me they are the carriers of life line for the people and plants and animals. I see them as the life giving veins of the Earth. When Rumi gives this advice, it tells me how the rivers water the fields for farmers and grows our food so generously, asking nothing in return. This is a good philosophy when helping others, be there and be available and help for Allah’s sake, without expecting any return from the person. It often happens that the person whom you have helped much is not the person who is there in your hour of need, but who is there might be somebody else. This is the lesson that we need to learn, we will get the help from Allah when we need, our needs will be met by whomever Allah has assigned, not by a particular person we have expectations from. Therefore, giving and helping like the rivers sounds like a good idea to me.

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