That is because we humans, who all the time hanker or pretend to live or do Islam, are beset by so many imperfections. And by so many impurities in our mortal, sinful hearts and minds.
We are prey to flawed motives and questionable intentions. And we are creatures of imperfect characters and deformed personalities.
We are, all too many of us, not the gold that Hadith talks about. But base metal -- all too many of us. And we bring our impurities and imperfections into Islam.
And because our egos -- our Nafs -- are all too often so bloated. So oversize. So untamed.
Where, then, is the surprise if we say one thing and do something else? At times just the opposite of what we say?
The great Tamil sage, Tiruvalluvar, said, about 2000 years ago how the bad influence of those given to disparity between words and deeds would haunt you not only in your waking life, but also in your dreams.
And Allah warned the Believers in the Qur’an in even more stark terms:
Why do you say things that you do not do?
Don’t you know what a great sin it is, in the eyes of God, that you should be saying things that you do not practice?
The End or the Beginning?
Part of the challenge of living life on earth is to be able to figure out where something begins and where it ends.
That is why science and its methodology are such pitifully inadequate and pathetically artificial and limited human constructs.
Even though they are the best and the most useful and practical tools God has placed in our hands to be able to live our lives on earth successfully.
Maybe that is why every time I write something, I feel that it is my last. And this is the end.
But then, before I know it, something else comes along. And Allah gives me something better.
And life jumpstarts all over again!
The difference is between Bismillah, which is the beginning, and Alhamdulillah, which is the end.
When I Say “Ultimately!” in Relation to God Almighty
When I use the expression “Ultimately” in relation to God Almighty, every time I use it, here is what I mean by it – and I mean it in all its micro and macro connotations; and in all its conceivable dimensions.
So here is what I mean:
(a) In the beginning.
For, God is the beginning of all things.
(b) In the end.
For, God is the end of all things.
(c) And in the middle – and at all other stages of that thing, whatever it is that I am referring to.
(d) And with regard to everything that meets the eye.
For, that is who God is.
(e) As well as with regard to everything that is hidden from the eye.
No, I did not make any of this up. It is all directly from the Qur’an.
Here is the Qur’an in its own immortal words:
Huwal Awwalu Wal Aakhiru Waz Zwaahiru Wal Baatin!
“He is the first and the last and the manifest and the hidden.”
Every time I read this Aayat Kareemah – this most noble and glorious passage of the Qur’an – it sends my head spinning and my whole body tingling.
Sometimes I feel if I had been given in all my life nothing but this one most glorious Aayat – not a thing but these eight words I posted above – my life would have been the richest and the most complete and the most fulfilled.
And I would not have dared to ask for anything else!
© 2013 Syed Husain Pasha
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