|It took me simply AGES to sketch this... Noo... of course I am not complaining. |
I am merely sharing.
I believe that in our love with God there is a knot that binds our reality to the Divine Presence. It is no ordinary knot, so I will capitalise it as 'the Knot'. And What a knot it is! The Knot is the most awfully complicated and many-looped knot, with clever locking loops and pattern that makes it almost impossible to untangle. But one day I decided to try to and unloosen the knot. To study its complex architecture and intricate beauty, you know.
After the longest time, I managed to untangle the Knot. To my amazement it was not a knot between two ropes, but in truth one single rope, one thread of sublime magnificence connecting us and God. After that I rested for a while and then slowly started unwinding the tangled loops. When I was finished, I saw that there were words etched into the rope, and it read, "Muhammad, Messenger of God."
Perhaps The Knot never existed in the beginning. As children we were innocent, and the rope connecting us to God was pristine and without any entanglement. But as we grew older we began to twist and turn the rope, running loops in and around our connection with God, rationalizing our silly mistakes, refusing to listen to our conscience, giving reason to our defiance to God until The Knot grew and grew into a giant messy web. It begins to weigh heavy on our divine connection. We are aware of being unhappy, somehow distant from our Loving God. We are stressed-out.
Muslims say many things of their Prophet. They say that He is a Commander, He is a Reformer, He is a Warrior, He is a Father and Husband, He is a Law-giver and many, many other attributes. But above all else, Muhammad is the connection that binds mankind to God. I hope that we shall studiously begin to untangle The Knot and find true realization of this in our daily lives. I don't know about you, but my own connection is messed up and my own knot is hideously large and complicated. It will be a long-drawn and slow process to untangle this mess of my own making.
It is a knotty problem I have here. But it is a GOOD problem to have. As an eternal optimist, I will start from that point!
Have a glorious day, sunshine.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way