Prof. Dr. M. Es’ad Cosan
(May Allah have mercy on him)
Love is certainly the most pleasant of the emotions bestowed upon mankind. Our inner and outer world is enlivened, revived, and gains meaning with love. Those who are deprived of this beautiful blessing from Allah are miserable and their hearts are in darkness. They cause unhappiness and hurt everyone with their words and behavior. The inability to develop the emotions of love or to love others is the greatest deprivation for humans.
We try to consume good and beneficial foods for the development and soundness of the body; we use vitamins and mixtures to increase our appetite. Our bodies need fresh air and sun for energy; we go on holidays, and we participate in various sport activities. Equally, or even more importantly- as this will give greater results- we need to explore the means of developing and strengthening our spirituality; discover and employ the remedies to achieve this. In terms of the soundness, peace and tranquility of the soul, undoubtedly “love” is the main cure. We must make a greater effort to develop our emotions of love, because happiness in this world and prosperity in the hereafter largely depends on possessing the emotion of love.
It is essential to encourage, nurture and develop this emotion with real and innocent love from childhood such as love for parents, siblings, toys, birds, and flowers. This encouragement of love is more important than education and knowledge and gives much better results, as knowledge alone can generate pride and egoism. In view of this, Fuzuli said;
Love is everything existing in this world,
Knowledge is only a baseless rumor. 1
As our education system is not designed according to this fact, today's youth is bad-tempered, abrupt, abusive and destructive. In our schools, they were taught distorted and defective emotions such as stubbornness, revolt, hatred, selfishness, conceit and pride rather than love. In movies, radio, television, newspapers and magazines they are encouraged to fight, destruct, rebel, and be hostile.
Are all kinds of love acceptable? Of course not! No one can argue that the love of alcohol, gambling, illegitimate relationships, money, position…arrogance, and similar tendencies are good. Therefore, this means the emotion of love must also be controlled, directed towards favorable and legitimate actions. In this case, the question arises: What and who should we love?
A folk song says, "Love a beautiful if you are going to love, don’t suffer the problems of the ugly.” In which case we must search for the good and the beautiful, and love this.
The best and the most beautiful Owner of all beauties, the Creator, the miracle, the most flawless one, is Allah. Everything that the eye sees in this world and every good thing that hearts love is His creation. He preserved the greatest beauties which eyes never have seen and ears never have heard, and that no human can imagine for the hereafter. Mankind will understand the true meaning of beauty when the eternal Owner of majesty, sovereignty, and perfection, reveals His beautiful form to his fortunate servants; only when they observe that beauty of perfection will they acknowledge perfect pleasure.
The great hearts are enchanted with the thought of this moment, with the unique beauty of the Almighty. This is true love. All other loves are either a form of training for the development of the emotion of love, or a phase that will lead to true love. Sufism leaders call the love of Allah Aşk-ı Hakiki (The real love) they call the other forms of love Aşk-ı Mecazi (mortal, weak love). It is this divine love that makes Yunus Emre the greatest poet of our literature. Mevlânâ Celaleddîn's enthusiasm is due to this love. Fuzûlî found exaltation with this love, In view of this he said;
I'm content with the disease of love, do not prescribe me any medication o doctor!
Do not cure me, as your cure will be my destruction. 2
Eşrefoğlu, for the same reason said;
Loving you is my religion and belief,
O Divine one, don’t set me apart from belief. 3
How fortunate are those who attain true love and find the true beloved!
Dear reader! Search for this true love and discover it. Because the paths leading to Allah are equal to the number of breaths creatures take. And the shortest of these paths is the path of love, the love and affection of Allah.
Drink once from this spring my dear friend; you will never feel thirsty again.
Then something happens, you can neither cry nor be silent! 4
Ibrahim Hakki from Erzurum says;
What happiness this is, you have become my beloved one,
You have become my other half, my best friend.
You are the cure for my cureless pain,
You have become the remedy for my sick soul.
If the people of the universe are my enemy there is no grief…
What fear! You have become my protector.
When my soul is inflicted with suffering,
You are the only friend of my soul.
I give my soul to you, oh Creator of the universe!
Because you are my beloved one for eternity.
If I would call your supreme name, or if I wouldn’t,
You are the only word on my tongue.
Hakkî, with a soul that honors you,
says: "I have no denial, you are my acceptance. 5
* Leading Articles 4: Leading Articles, Islam Magazine, Istanbul: Server Communication, 2016, pp. 159-162.
1. Karahan, Fuzûlî, p. 300.
2. Divan-ı Fuzûlî Şerhi, I, 304.
3. Dîvân-ı Eşrefoğlu Rûmî, p. 374.
4. Arif Nihat Asya, All poems: 1, p. 218.
5. Erzurumlu İbrahim Hakkı, Dîvân, p. 342.
“Bir Öğüt-Bir Şiir: Neyi, Kimi Sevmeli?*”
Prof. Dr. M. Es'ad Coşan (Rh.a.)