Blog Banner
Related Categories: Inspiring Stories

The Snake-Catcher

30th December 2010
Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R.A.) relates a story of a snake catcher who once went to the mountains. Due to the winter cold and heavy snow, many very big snakes lay motionless, as if they were dead.The snake-catcher picked up one of these seemingly lifeless snakes and took it to Baghdad, with the purpose of using it for a show. Showing it off, he made big claims as to how he had brilliantly captured the snake. However, when the sun began to shine and its warmth cloaked the snake, the coldness in its body disappeared. The signs of life were soon apparent and when the snake began to move, the snake-catcher and all those around, fled.

Moulana Rumi (R.A.) then explains that our Nafs is like that snake. With Tazkia (purification), Mushaqqat (effort), our nafs (self) becomes frozen. It appears to be dead. But give it a little heat from the fire of sin and it will bite again. A little exposure to some past sins and the nafs swings back to life.

We should not think that we have killed our nafs and thus become unmindful. Yes, with some mujahadah (striving), suhbat (company) of the Sheikh, tilawat (recitation) of the Qur’aan Sharif, Zikrullah, following Deen and Shariah and in building up that contact and love for Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah e , the nafs can be frozen. However, a little taste of sin revives the evil nafs.

Tags: snake
posted by ummi taalib on 30th December 2010 - 1 comment


Anonymous wrote on 8 Jan 2011
salaam. mufti taqi sb has mentioned this incident with the same reference in his islahi khutut but some what different...the moral of the story is the same though.
Write a comment
(required) - not published nor available to blogger
Blogs Disclaimer: The views expressed in these blogs are those of the author(s). The blog is monitored with set guidelines. Inapproproate content should be reported on our forums for the attention of our moderators.