Sunday, 2 September 2012

Our actions lie in the strength of our relationship

Allah has created us in this world for a reason. For a scant moment He allows us to stay in His world and borrow His creations. Allah lets us breathe His air, illuminates our world with His bright sun, shades us with His trees, bestows upon us the abundance of His delicious food and other worldly grace (house, car etc), lends to us our body, heart and soul. So, what is actually ours? Nothing! ...accept for our actions/amal ibadah for Him. Allah mentions in Surah At-Taubah 9:111:

‘Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise...’

Allah gives us sustenance to test our thankfulness to Him which He weighs through our ibadah/actions for/towards Him. Allah says in Surah Al Ankabut 29:2:

‘Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe" and they will not be tried?’

These actions/acts of ibadah depend much on our relationship with Him. To understand this, let us look at these three scenarios. Think about it and imagine:

Scenario 1: While you are driving along the highway you see a terrible accident. There are a lot of people helping. You see the car and the plate number involved in the accident: not any one that you know - so, what is your action?

Like most people you will likely just drive pass because you don’t have any relationship with them.

Scenario 2: While you are driving along the highway, the same situation - a terrible accident. You see the car and the plate number: it’s your neighbour’s car - so, what is your action?

You may stop and help if the neighbour is close to you.

Scenario 3: The same situation- a terrible accident. You see the car and the plate number, however this time it’s your mother’s or that of someone you love - now, what is your action?

This time, you would rush as soon as possible to get to the person you love.

These three scenarios demonstrate how our actions are very much influenced by our relationship with someone. Let us now give it a deep thought and muhasabah. How are our actions/ibadah to Allah? Knowing the urgency for understanding the Quran (as discussed in the previous entry) in the life of a human being, have we taken any action to understand it? Through our actions and reactions we can gauge the strength of our relationship with Allah.

Dear brothers and sisters, Allah loves us undividedly and has given the Quran to all of us as a guidance for us to rightfully lead our lives before we return to Allah and give back everything that was loaned to us. Allah reminds us in Surah Al-Mukminun 23:115:

'Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?'

Many of us are still ignoring His reminders and living in this world as we please. Allah warns in Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:83:

'So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised'

May we not belong among those that Allah mentions above! May our consistent prayers in Al-Fatihah 1:6-7 be answered everyday, Insha Allah:

'Guide us to the straight path'
'The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favour, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray'.

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