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The Significance Of Women

Ma Anandamayi
There is a Prophetic saying of Muhammad full of mystical implication where he says: "I was made to love three things from your world: women, perfume, and the comfort of eyes in saalat (adoration of Divine / worship / islamic mode of prayer)."

The saying can not be fully appreciated without the understanding of the sacredness that is embedded in every feminine soul, every woman who has direct access and honor to embody life, give birth to new spirit. Only woman is gifted to become the vessel to receive soul, the breath of God.

Also perfume has to do with the faculty of smell, which in spiritual symbology the highest sense and perfume is made from the essence. The Divine Itself is the Essence of essence.

Some place translate the last part of the hadith as, "shining light of eyes in prayer". Eyes being the mirror of the soul, when the human soul is in perfected state of prayer, in adoration of the Most High, its real Source - the Divine Light shines through the eyes which the Prophet mentions as the third object for which love was created in his holy heart.

But among all the three, love for feminine is what this post is about since without exploring the theme and its inner meaning, it leaves much room for misunderstanding. On love for women in the article: 'True Love', Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti also comments on the hadith. Let me quote few salient points: This love honors the beloved; it is manifested in the Lord's order to the angels, whom He created from divine light, to bow in front of Adam, whom He created from earth and water. That is the bond between the Lord and man, and between man and woman.

Thus a trinity is formed, three in one: the Lord, man, and woman. Allah teaches men to love through His own love: that is how he made man to love woman. That is why the Beloved of Allah said, "I was made to love women." He did not say: "I loved women." He attributed loving women to his Lord.

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Read more about: allah, islam, sufism, prophet muhammed
Story first published: Monday, April 21, 2008, 14:50 [IST]
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