Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Al-Qaeda can shove it. Taliban can stuff it. Osama is a nutjob - Putting the Joy back in Jihad, Putting the Fun in Fana!

17. Putting the Fun in Fana
Do not blame us for feeling happy
Being at the side of our Saidi
Swimming we are, in a sea of manna
Leaving footprints, on the shore of fana.
(From Chapter 1, ‘The Dam.SunSun.Ana’) Fanaa (فناء) is the Sufi term for extinction. It means to annihilate the self, while remaining physically alive. Persons having entered this state are said to have no existence outside of, and be in complete unity with God. Fanaa is similar to the concepts of nirvana in Buddhism and Hinduism or moksha in Hinduism which also aim for annihilation of the self. Fanaa may be attained by constant meditation and by contemplation on the attributes of God, coupled with the denunciation of human attributes. (from Wikipedia - I do not agree entirely with this definition, but it's not too bad)

Some seven years ago, I wrote this poem. A happy, happy verse reflecting my happiness in finding a compass in my sea of doubt, a ranger to lead me through the witch’s forest, a friend, a guide, a Jedi Knight, a Saidi.

In March 17 2010, a friend published an article called ‘Putting the Joy back in Jihad’ in her blog. I found it to be some kind of wonderful. Do read it. I have mentioned Nun Tuck already in my previous postings. If I were to judge my religious convictions on whether I agree with the merits of her words, then I too am a Christian. But I am tired of labels and labeling.

While others use religion to stick labels on people, bloggers like Nun Tuck applies religion to peel away our prejudices of ‘the other people’. Only when you remove your misconceptions of other people, only then, will you be able to break through your own misconception of who you are. Once, you know what you are not, you are on your way to knowing who you really are, and hey, that’s only a wink away from knowing God. *Wink* *Wink* *Wink*

I hope that one day, I may be accepted as those who establish Lordly worship. I hope that one day, people will remember me and say, “Taufiq? He was neither here nor there, but how he loved the Prophet!” As for now? Now I am just a sinner.

But despite that, you are still my friend. I would say that God will thank you for befriending a sinner, but I know you. You are already happy befriending a sinner. You already know what others know not.

Have a goodish Tuesday, sunshine!

Pax Taufiqa.


Adam said...

Noice one Pak, way to put the "Real" in religon

Zul said...

Great man.Thats all i can say.There is no additional comment from me for now because I know there are more great stuff coming from you time by time.the best thing is..you are really put your jihad with this great blog.I'm so proud i have met the great sinner like you.Noble man once said "Taufiq can be as great as Datuk Lat" :) ok additional comment lah hehehe...This blog somehow effected the way of thinking of ppl who read it especially me.

Milky Tea said...

Adam is my nephew. He is built like a rugby player, but is patient and tolerant - ergo, nothing like his uncle! Hehehe. Thank you, Adam! All I can say now until the end of your SPM ('O' Levels) is study, study, study! We are all rooting for you!

Milky Tea said...

Ahh. The accolades... I would like to thank the Academy, and not forgetting the small people I have stepped on and used to get me here.

Hehehe. THank you for all those sweet words.

This is what Heche calls 'BROmance'. LMAO!

Nobody is exempt from jihad - struggling with the big and small tests that litters our daily life - Hmmm... should i take the handicap parking space? Its just for 5 minutes! Hmmm... should I really keep the plastic wrapper in my pocket until i find a dustbin? BUt hey, why do we hire street cleaner for anyway? Hmmm... should I dump my friend? He is NO FUN anymore! Hmmm... should i have that extra bagel? We live only once! Hmmm... should I overstate my opex and understate my profit? My partners don't need to know! Hmmm... should I think naughty thoughts about her? Look at how she's dressed!!!

So many tests, yes? God be Praised! Prophet be PRaised! Yum yum.