Mawlana Shaykh Hisham ordered all the mureeds to cook a dish. Shaykh GFH did not seem to like the order because he was very busy with work and worship but made a dish with rice and meat garnished with two long red chilli peppers and two black peppercorns. It was called ‘Till death do us part’. On seeing it I got misty eyed and asked him if he’d ever made it for his wife. He replied, “nn YES! (as if saying no but then changed it to a yes). I then asked him, how did your wife react, did she get emotional and he laughed softly.
It means the true mureed drops whatever he is doing to obey the Shaykh’s orders, no matter the importance of what he is currently involved. The relationship of the mureed to the murshid is like the wife to the husband, with full love and devotion, until reaching the next life. And as the meat and rice are wholesome so is the relationship of the mureed with the Shaykh, with the spice of tests and trials. And Allah knows best.