Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Harnessing The Light

Enlightenment means nothing if there is no subsequent action. Like, for example, knowing that having a negative attitude is detrimental to your reality doesn’t automatically make you more positive… that positivity requires some action, some sort of effort on your part. Similarly, knowing or realizing that consuming healthier food is better for you doesn’t automatically make you healthier… you’d actually have to do the work and munch on that steamed broccoli and get your 10000 steps daily. It applies to any scenario.

Point is, everyone is craving for some sort of enlightenment. But what do they do once they’ve received it? Sitting here, hoping for things to change without taking any measures to facilitate that change won’t get anyone anywhere. Too many people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives, out of fear or laziness.

Thing is, nothing worth having in life comes easily… no one promised us that it would be easy. We are the masters of our own destinies with the choices we make. That’s not to say that fate doesn’t play its part in the grander scheme of things… but someone has to put the hand-brake down before the car starts rolling down the hill all by its onesy savvy?
Here’s to embracing enlightenment and owning our choices. I believe that The Almighty speaks to every one of us, and that most times we don’t listen. Harness your light; fear is just an illusion.

We have already sent down to you verses making things clear, an illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before you, and an admonition for those who fear (Allah). Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things. (Lit is such a Light) in houses, which Allah hath permitted to be raised to honour; for the celebration in them, of His name: In them is He glorified in the mornings and in the evenings, (again and again), By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the Remembrance of Allah, nor from regular Prayer, nor from the practice of regular Charity: Their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new), That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace: for Allah doth provide for those whom He will, without measure. But the Unbelievers, their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds Allah (ever) with him, and Allah will pay him his account: and Allah is swift in taking account. Or (the Unbelievers state) is like the depths of darkness in a vast ocean, overwhelmed with billow topped by billow, topped by (dark) clouds: depths of darkness, one above another: if a man stretches out his hands, he can hardly see it! for any to whom Allah giveth not light, there is no light! (Qur’an: Surah Nur: 34 – 40)


  1. This kind of sums up the fact that Islam is a religion of theory AND practice - not just one or the other. Belief alone won't cause you to be successful. You need action as well.

    That's why the statement: "my faith is in my heart - I don't need to do actions to prove it" - is erroneous.

    Belief and action go hand in hand.

    It is difficult, though - the change you speak of. And fear and laziness are most definitely the factors that hold many of us back from achieving our potential.

  2. nice post. though i find the belly dancer picture Very distracting.
    i know. that probably means something sinister if you go all freudian on me.

  3. dreamlife - I agree, in life we cannot function with one or the other. The key lies in the balance, in moderation. For example, I know an Aalima... very educated and has alot going for her. But she left school in STD 6 because her parents deemed an Islamic education to be superior to Secular education. The result is that she has all this beneficial knowledge... but lacks fundamental communication skills that can help spread the word. I can't imagine the kind of debating power she could have wielded if she attended University as well... in this case too, I don't see one trumping the other. We live in a world where both an Islamic and Secular education is vital.
    & yes it is difficult... posts like these are a reminder to myself to abandon fear and take more action in those areas of my life where its necessary :)

    pserean - haha. We always search for things in others, that we find lacking in ourselves :P So I'm thinking maybe you need a belly-dancing class ;)