A young student was walking with his sheikh in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what Allah had for him to do, he was asking the his sheikh for some advice. The sheikh walked up to a rosebush and handed the young student a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young student looked in disbelief at the sheikh and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of Allah for his life and ministry. But because of his great respect for the sheikh, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized how impossible this was to do. Noticing the younger student’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the sheikh began to recite the following poem:
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