The Path : Take Me, Or Take Me Not ?
One fine morning, before the break of dawn, you wake up. Slowly walking to the restroom just beside the room you hit the sack in- the best place to devour in after an exhausting day, you turned on the tap shortly after the lavatory met your sight. A second after that, the hit of the chill running water freshen you that early winter hour – the surrounding temperature dropping as low as 10 degrees centigrade.
Done with ablution, now you are standing ready for the obligatory fajr prayer. With utmost humility and a pure heart seeking Allah’s mercy, you prostrate in sheer gratefulness for the blessing of another day. A new day. Praise be to Allah.
Isn’t it beautiful to live our life as His servant of entire devotion round the clock?
Isn’t it beautiful to live our life as His caliph who touches the hearts of everyone with warmth and kindness?
The Big Question: Why we live?
More often than not, or perhaps most of the time we asked ourselves – why are we here in this world. Everything that we commit to – what will it bring us to in the herein and the Hereafter. And afterwards – what will happen after we have left this crib of false reality and temporary deception.
And most often, we failed to enliven our souls with the ultimate purpose of life – a servant and a caliph. Amused much with the world being nothing but just falsehoods lasting a millisecond; sadly; we fall into the holes of negative pursuits. We dwelled, deeply immersed in bubbles of sins. Thus, at the end of the day – our hearts were remorseful. We want to seek Him, due to that utter longing to return to the All-Loving, Allah S.W.T.
“Therefore fly to Allah, surely I am a plain warner to you from Him.”
(Adz-Dzaariyat 51 : 50)
And when our past mischiefs were unbearably to much to handle, we tend to lose hope in Allah. Lest we forget; isn’t Allah the All-Forgiving, and All-Pardoning?
Lest we forget; isn’t Allah the All- Bestowing?
Pause and reflect, His plethoric provisions are all the manifestations of His perpetual love – that we must not forget.
Sometimes, our gloomy history is like an enormous stone of hindrance to our steadfastness. With the ocean of sins we shoulder, we slipped off, no longer holding tight to Allah’s forgiveness. Worse more, we got ourselves carried away, further then we turned away. We turned away from Allah – and hence the wish to cry out in repentance in the wee hours of the morning ceased to exist in our hearts.
That should not be, for a step we endeavour to flee to Allah, He will advance to us in much countless steps closer.
Again, isn’t that beautiful?
The Path of a Muslim : What?
Clearly defined in The Holy Qur’an, the path we should take is the one that brings us to Allah. The path of fulfilling our purposes of life – being a servant who worshipped Allah each single second and a caliph whose attributes resonated a sincere faith to The Most Gracious.
“And when your Lord said to the angels, I am going to place in the earth a caliph, they said: What! Wilt Thou place in it such as shall make mischief in it and shed blood, and we celebrate Thy praise and extol Thy holiness? He said: Surely I know what you do not know.”
(Al-Baqarah 2 : 30)
“And I have not created the djinn and the men except that they should serve Me.”
(Adz-Dzaariyat 51 : 56)
Regardless of who we are and how glum our past was, Allah had made us to fulfill these ultimate purpose of life. Indeed, albeit deep down we may feel heavy to fully grasp the true meaning of these two; again, Allah knows that we will pull through. Keep holding on to the rope of Allah – till the day when both our feet have stepped into Jannah.
The final victory. There, in Jannah al-Firdaus. Biiznillah, insyaAllah.
Hana binti Mohamed Hear,
Year 2 of USM-KLE International Medical Programme, Belgaum,
Activist of ISMA India,