“One person goes to the public bath. In the public bath one of his friends gives him a nice smelling clay (cleaning soil) so that he can clean himself. A wonderful scent emanates from the clay that caresses the spirit. The man asks the clay:
“Oh dear! Are you musk or amber? I am in ecstasy due to your beautiful scent that attracts the hearts…”
The clay responds to him as follows:
“I am neither musk nor amber. I am just an ordinary soil.
However, I was under a rose sprout and every dawn I was being kneaded by the dews that were dropping from the rosebuds. So, the scent that you are feeling which refreshes the hearts belongs to those roses…”
Rose is the symbol of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ. This world is like a classroom and in this classroom, the most important education is:
To get to know the Sultan of the Roses
To have a share from the holy scent of that Rose,
To be a drop of dew in the petal of that Rose.
The most essential material needed in this path is the love for him.
– An Excerpt from Sheikh Sadi Shirazi’s work called Gulistan (“The Land of Rose”). Sheikh Sadi (rah) tells in a representative style, how the friends of Allah owe their beauty to the Messenger of Allahﷺ and how all of their spiritual states come from the spirituality of the Messenger of Allahﷺ.
The Prophetﷺ is a sun who spreads the excitement of eternal bliss and who illuminates all the worlds. The friends of Allah, who are the inheritors of prophets, are in the rank of a moon which is a mirror to the Sun. The existence of the moon depends on the existence of the sun. This is because all of the light, beauty, and magnificence of the moon are little reflections which come from the Sun.