|Heedless to the Sign, I became lost as stars in the night sky|
turn into blackholes and could not guide me any longer.
As Muslims, ostensibly we are suppose to follow God's Words manifest in the holy scriptures of the al-Quran and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh). And living in a Muslim majority country as is Malaysia, I see the faithful crowd, flocking to the mosques and suraus (small mosques) for prayers, sermons and the breaking of fast. Particularly, this month being the holy month of Ramadhan.
HEEDLESS. But sometimes I think we are heedless. Heedless to the very basic truths proclaimed in the al-Quran. I am not suggesting that Malaysians are particularly heedless, nor indeed Muslims. I think the illness is global. A particular verse comes to mind and this is it -
Verily we have honoured the Children of Adam. We carry them on the land and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and have preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preferment. (Quran 17:70, Marmaduke Pickthall)
GOD MOST AWESOME. God has made it clear that is is not my kind alone He has honoured and given special preferment. It is not merely the Muslims and the Believers amongst mankind. Oh no. He has honoured the Children of Adam, and therefore the entire nation of humanity is honoured. Honoured in a manner which we cannot comprehend. Honoured in a degree that we shall never understand. Becomes when God honours and grants preferment to anything or anyone, God does not do it in halves. He does it His way, completely unique and far better than the most secret and ambitious hopes that we entertain in the well of our soul.
|Among the reeds of the riverbank I found a turtle, and the turtle|
said, "O' mortal, how honoured are you!"
THE PATH LESS EASY. It is easy to see honour in those familiar and dear to us. But the honour granted by God is not only to such people. God has also honoured those whom we distrust or are at least 'strange' to us. Those whom we think 'different' from us. Whether it is because of a different religion, a different skin colour or perhaps nationality and ideology. Such people are also blessed. Yet, when we think that 'those others' have stolen our rights, have trampled upon our sensitive morality, or done 'no good', we forget that they too are the Children of Adam. We are thinking in our heads, "What a dishonorable lot! Useless and stupid. Really an evil horde."
How easy it is to be heedless. It is sad, because when God says that He has honoured the Children of Adam, it is also an invitation for us to honour 'the others'. And in doing so, we honour God's own oath, and not merely to honour those who according to our perception deserves such honours, but ESPECIALLY those who appear less honourable to us. The weak, the sinners, the impoverished and the foolish. After all, who are we to say who deserves to be honoured and who doesn't in the eyes of God?
HIGH ADAB. Admittedly, this is not an easy task. This is not just Adab (courtly courtesies), this is High Adab. May we be guided by those best authorised to teach High Adab... Because, come on... let's face it. We are so utterly hopeless, only the best guide will do to get us out of this spiritual rut. Hehehe.
Have a good fasting day, sunshine. Otherwise, have a lovely day, nonetheless.
|One Mawlana, three Shaykhs and a streetfighter.|
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way