Sunday, February 10, 2013

THE DIVINE PROMISE OF MERCY - cemeteries, life, death and love

Cemetery of Bahagian Mosque Bandar Kuching, Sarawak
Only One Breath Separates Us from the Hereafter
People look unto the graves and cemeteries
As if the distance between life and death
Is a far and long journey,
But truth be told it is 
Only a breath that
Separates us.

I like cemeteries. It has a peaceful and gentle ambiance that encourages our heart to dwell upon the past lives of our dearly departed kindred, and to reassess our own life and where we are heading. And of course, as we get older, more and more of our beloved kin and companions have become residents there. So I go there also as a balm to our separation. 

Royal Maqam Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Death is no finality. For us, the cemeteries, with its grave heads, mausoleums and tombstones do not give an air of finality, for if we believe in God, in whatever cloth or creed we may wear, we all believe in the eternal nature of the human soul. To us pious fools, the grave is not the buck-stops-here for our lives. It is just a door, a gateway from the transient to the permanent, from the hot and cold, bitter and sweet nature of this material life, to the eternal life in the Divine Presence of our All-Loving God (s.w.t.).

Protestant Cemetery, Georgetown, Penang

The Divine Promise. My admiration and gratitude for the Sufis and Dervishes cannot be counted in gold, silver or copper. For they have taught me to love life, yet to walk between the graves of the deceased, noting the lovingly written inscriptions of those whom they have left behind, to reflect upon the great journey that is this life, and the promise of hope through the mercy and salvation of God Almighty (s.w.t.). For when God gives us the hope for forgiveness, there is no 'maybe' or 'what-ifs', only the Divine Promise. Beneath the drooping eaves of the trees in the cemeteries of this world, you will find the answers to many of the questions to this life. How ironic. But that is God for you... Unique, Subtle, All-knowledgeable. 

Bukit Kiara Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur.

Have a lovely Sunday, sunshine. Life life well...

wa min Allah at-taufiq

Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way

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