My Lord Leave Me Not Solitary

Peace, one and all…

In the Quran, we read the following prayer, attributed to the prophet Zachariah:

‘And Zachariah, when he supplicated his Lord, “My Lord, leave me not solitary’. (Quran 21:89)

In his Quranic commentary, Kashf al-Asrar, Rashid al-Din Maybudi offers a beautiful explanation of this heartfelt prayer:

‘In the tasting of the recognizers and the allusion of the realizers, the meaning is “Leave me not empty of Your protection from sin or turning away from Your remembrance or occupying myself with anything but You.” The Pir of the Tariqah said, “God has no use for treasuries and no need for anything. Whatever He has, He has it for the servants. Tomorrow He will give the treasury of mercy to the disobedient and the treasury of bounty to the helpless so that they may discharge what is rightfully due to Him from His treasuries, for the servants cannot discharge His rightful due with what they have of their own. When a sultan gives his daughter to a beggar, the beggar does not have a dower worthy of the sultan’s daughter. From his own treasury the sultan sends the dower to the beggar so that the beggar may give the dower to the princess from his treasury.” When the servant obeys Him, he does so with His success-giving and protection from sin. He discharges what is rightfully due to Him with His confirmation and bestowal of strength. Then through His bounty He praises the servant for the excellence of his obedience and through His generosity He approves of him’.

Ask olsun! May love increase!

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