(Prepared with Mr. Akhtar Wasim from http://mypageonweb.blogspot.com/)
They say we get parents by fate but choose our friends for ourselves. But sometimes we don't even get to choose and Allah materialize special people in our lives 'just like that'. Most beautiful people we hadn't realized, until then, living oceans apart yet in our hearts.
Meeting is an eternal desire of man. Even the beauty, bounty and serenity of paradise were not enough for Adam to live in bliss, peace and happiness alone, he missed something, he didn't know what, but Allah knew, so he was given the companion, Eve.
We need the others always in the times of bliss or in times of tremor because that other works as our mirror, and we love to see mirror. Maulana Rumi says: "for every Jacob there is a Joseph somewhere whose fragrance assures him that the meeting time is not that far away. And for each of us there is a Joseph waiting to meet us, to make our life meaningful."
"There were large flocks of spirits, who loved each other in the Eternity and so they are Friends in this World too. And those who weren't familiar with others There, lived in oblivion of them Here as well." (From Bukhari)
Further, in the opening chapter of Quran Al-Fatiah, the entire humanity prays together that it be shown the right path, this is extremely significant because when we pray we are alone but here we are not praying as 'me' but as 'us'. This shows that spiritually we are always bounded with the others for their well being like flocks in eternity which is so beautifully mentioned in the hadith of Holy Prophet.
"Our world that is before our eyes is not the only world. There are many other worlds. When we stand to say our prayers, right in the beginning reciting Surah Fateha, we acknowledge the existence of all other worlds though we are not aware of their laws and principles." (Col. Retired Ashfaq Hussein)
Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight,
Out of the room that lets you feel secure.
Infinity is open to your sight.
Whoever you are.
With eyes that have forgotten how to see
From viewing things already too well-known,
Lift up into the dark a huge, black tree
And put it in the heavens: tall, alone.
And you have made the world and all you see.
It ripens like the words still in your mouth.
And when at last you comprehend its truth,
Then close your eyes and gently set it free.
"In their seeking, madness and wisdom are one and the same. On the path of Love friend and stranger are one and the same." Maulana Rumi
(For cherie, Connie L. Nash who inspired this post.)