Feeding the Soul
We never fail to feed our body when the body is hungry.
We have even devised a routine of feeding it three times a day whether our body is hungry or not.
But when our soul is hungry, we neither hear its cries, nor do we rush to feed it.
And then we wonder what is wrong with us. Some of the best and brightest among us then run around asking: What went wrong?
What has gone wrong with our world, they ask.
We want to know: Why is there so much corruption in the world?
And we want to know: Why is there so much injustice and so much cruelty, greed and selfishness among us?
A more worthwhile question may be: When did we last feed our soul and how?
Rushing to the Aid of Our Souls
When our body hurts, we rush to its help. We call the doctor and apply the medicine.
No amount of money is too great to be budgeted for our “Healthcare.”
To our pure “BodyCare” that is.
Many of us have made ourselves prisoners of grueling medication routines in the hope of someday making our bodies feel a little better.
Our souls cry out in pain every day, but we rarely pay attention.
Our souls hurt and hyperventilate, and we march on in total oblivion and indifference.
And then when a diseased soul teams up with other diseased souls and turns to injustice, cruelty, exploitation and wars of aggression, we run helter-skelter and demand to know how so much could go wrong with so many human beings all at once.
What happened was that in our mad march to perdition on earth, we never stopped to listen to the anguished cries of our souls in torment.
Nor did we provide them any First Aid when the first signs of their pain showed up and First Aid could have helped.
We all pretended not to notice and not to know.
But when the soft moans of our souls turned to blood-curdling screams, it was too late to do anything about it, except to watch in horror as our souls wilted and withered, or went up in flames right before our eyes, often taking a slice of the world with them.
And then we claim we never tasted the horrors of Hell in this world.
A Sick Body vs. a Sick Soul
When our body is sick, it is only our life in this world that may be at risk. For, death will surely put an end to all bodily pain and suffering.
And then there is the hope of eternal bliss for the soul.
But when our soul is sick, it is perdition in both this world and the next world that we risk.
For, a sick soul will make our worldly life miserable for us, while at the same time raking up enough negative credit to ruin our next life as well.
A sick soul will guarantee us hell in life and hell after death.
And often not just for us.
Value of Accuracy and Correct Knowledge in Islam
Catching and correcting one single typo in one Aayat of Allah’s book may be more blessings than the whole world could count.
And it may be enough to earn a place of choice in Allah’s Jannat for anyone.
Allah, of course, showers his blessings on whom he wants, when he wants and in the form and measure he wants.
“Come Back!” Says God
God calls out to us: Every day and every moment of our life on earth.
Come back to me, he says.
How many of us hear that call?
And how many of us heed it?
And how many of us turn to face him?
And start moving up to him?
When will we, if not now?
Irji’ee ilaa rabbiki, says the Qur’an.
Translation? I don’t know.
Asking God for Help
Muslims are constantly in the habit of asking God to help them with this, that and the other.
And that is as it should be.
For, without God’s help and guidance and without his command and will nothing happens, nothing ever gets done.
So, Muslims would say: “May God make me a good person,” which is absolutely great!
Because if God does not want to make us good people, there is no way any of us will ever get to be good.
But there is another side to this story, a very important one. And it is the need for everybody to take personal responsibility for their own actions.
But often, Muslims are not very good at that. In fact, there is a singular dearth of that quality in contemporary Muslim culture and psyche.
Muslims, therefore, need to teach themselves that skill: Doing the best they can, with regard to everything, and then trusting God to take care of that thing for them.
A man once came to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and asked:
“Should I tie my camel or should I leave him in God’s trust?”
The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, gave him the most amazing and the most perfect answer anyone could ever give. He said: Tie your camel first and then leave him in God’s trust.
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