Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Shit Happens

So in my free time, I’ve been going through various texts to re-affirm what I know to be true. It is imperative that the stories I narrate here are accurate in their detail, so I always check to make sure I have my facts down correctly. In doing so, I’ve come across a common theme amongst all of these stories. Firstly to Muslims and everyone else who hold them to be true, they aren’t merely stories but historical accounts of the lives that have contributed to our civilization. These Prophets and Companions of the Prophets gave their lives for the betterment of society, so that we could govern ourselves today. It was their life’s work. It is no wonder that they are honoured and revered.

I think most of us forget that they were just men too. Sure some of them were granted miracles through God’s will, but they were just men. Mere mortals. Some of them erred too, like Jonah (Yunus AS) who abandoned his mission and cursed his people after they refused to listen to him. And Moses (Musa AS), who discovered that he wasn’t the most knowledgeable man on earth when Allah SWT instructed him to meet with Khidr.

The Prophets (AS) also went through their fair share of trials and tribulations. Jonah was punished by Allah SWT by being swallowed by a fish/whale after he fled the city. Moses and the Israelites wandered around the dessert for 40 years, after they (the Israelites) were punished for fashioning a golden calf out of molten metal and worshipping it. The Prophet Job (Ayub AS) suffered through various ordeals, which he endured patiently. Joseph (Yusuf AS) was sold as a slave and then imprisoned by the King after being falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. Jesus (Isa AS) was betrayed by Judas, one of his disciples. And the Prophet Mohammed SAW had to endure the resistance he had met whilst spreading his message, where rebels stoned him until blood flowed down to his ankles.

That’s what made these men so great. That’s what set them apart from the rest of us. That they had to endure all these difficulties and impediments throughout their lives; add to that the fact that they were just human and not these celestial deities with supernatural powers; and yet they lived righteously with never-ending devotion and trust in The Almighty. They always turned to Him, never faltering in their dedication and belief in Him. And the result was that they always triumphed.

I guess this is a great lesson for most of us. I know many many people who have been going through a tough time recently…meself included. Words like ‘Believe’ and ‘Trust’ seem so abstract and ambiguous to most during adversity. But I always remind myself that if the Prophets of God Almighty had to endure such trials and tribulations then who are we to complain? Those great men were chosen by Allah Himself and they too had to suffer on this earth, for the greater good. And by the mercy of Allah SWT, they eventually succeeded in their missions.

Or think ye that ye will enter paradise while yet there hath not come unto you the like of (that which came to) those who passed away before you? Affliction and adversity befell them, they were shaken as with earthquake, till the messenger (of Allah) and those who believed along with him said: When cometh Allah's help? Now surely Allah's help is nigh.” [Qur’an 2:214]

I’m also reminded that if life on this earth was meant to be easy, then there would be no point to striving for Paradise. It’s an incentive of sorts. Besides, if The Almighty can create Arcturus (of which I still stand in absolute awe and amazement of), then what can’t he do for you? So be nice, live righteously and conscientiously with respect and humanity; have faith, trust and believe. And remember that shit happens, but it’s how we deal with it that counts.

2 comments:

  1. This was a necessary reminder, thanks :)

    Btw, 10kgs! That is insane - I need to do this yoga! I wanna do bootcamp too!

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  2. WIP - I needed to remind myself too :)
    The yoga is pretty simple but theres a discipline to it, the stretches/poses etc. are very distinct and become brutal after a while lol. I could send you some info if you'd like.

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