Monday, July 17, 2006

'and when the graves are turned upside down...'

It has been a difficult time for Muslims these past few weeks and months. I feel as though we are being attacked from every angle and by everyone. The bombardment doesn't stop; it's terrorism, it's murder, it's religious oppression. It's Iraq, it's Gaza, it's Afghanistan, it's Beirut. It's the flickering lights after Maghrib, followed by deafening blasts. We haven't seen the face of loss, we haven't felt the earth shake under our feet, we haven't felt the possibility of losing loved ones in one flicker of a light. Our reality ends where our TV screens begin. And to us, their realities end when our TVs are shut off. These people are faceless to us. Except that Allah (swt) doesn't shut off a TV screen, He is The All-Seeing, The All-Hearing, The All-Knowing. The situation going on right now overseas reminded me of a story I heard just a few months ago: This event happened after the battle of Al-Qadisiyyah which was during the Khilafah of Umar (ra) - Muslims against Persians. Umar (ra) was standing, waiting alone at the outskirts of Madinah for a messenger to come tell him what the result of the battle was. The messenger, Al-Bashir, came running towards Madinah to tell the Khalifah the news. Umar (ra) asked him about the results and he said "The Muslims were victorious, I must go tell the Khalifah." He didn't recognize Umar as the Khalifah because of his simple clothes and the fact that he was out on the edge of Madinah alone, just waiting. Umar (ra) asked Al-Bashir to tell him who was martyred during the battle. Al-Bashir told him the many names of those killed in the way of Allah. He said "so-and-so was martyred, and so-and-so was martyred, and many people who we don't know." Umar (ra) began crying and he said, "Allah knows who they are." If we forget Muslims who are suffering, Allah (Swt) doesn't forget them. It's so easy to lose track of everything: your purpose, you goals, your Iman. It's so easy to forget Allah (swt), it's so easy to continue our lives in the most superficial ways and to shut off the TV when it's not convenient. But we don't realize that Allah (swt) doesn't forget us. He knows where we are, what we're doing, and He awaits the opportunity to forgive us if we return to Him in repentance. Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger said, "Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Rabb, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?" (Bukhari) SubhanAllah at the difference between human beings and Allah. Humans lie, manipulate and ignore the suffering of others, while Allah (swt) waits with open arms for us just to take one step towards Him. I pray to Allah (swt) not to let us go astray through our disobedience to Him. I pray to Allah (swt) to guide us in these difficult times and to keep us steadfast on the straight path. I pray that Allah (swt) accepts our deeds and our repentance and that He enters us into the highest levels of Jannah. I ask Allah (swt) to admit those dying in His cause into the highest levels of Jannah.

13 comments:

sara said...

Thank you for this post.

I needed it.

Faraz said...

I was going to say the same thing.

Thank you.

Wa salam,
Faraz

Meowmix said...

Subhan Allah.

Nusaybah said...

You're good.

Who's meowmix?

Umar said...

To say that was a beautiful post feels [in some wierd way] to be disrespectful to the innocent lives lost in this senseless war, since there's nothing beautiful about what's going on.

Still, a beautiful post, and a much needed one too.

Sadaf said...

MashAllah, MAshaAllah, MashAllah.

JazakumAllahu Khair, for putting those hadiths there. It was so beautiful to hear that hadith again- Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?" (Bukhari)

May Allah (swt) give us the strenght to do what ever we can against this unnecceary war. and May Allah (swt) end the pain and torture that our brothers and sisters in Lebanon are feeling. ameen.

Cookie said...

Assalam-oAlaikum...

I agree with Umar about the 'beautiful' part but I have to say that the post is very beautiful and touching.

And I think it will serve as a reminder when we're all just trying to forget about whats going on with our brothers and sisters...


JazakAllah

Ameera said...

You said exactly what I felt like saying but didn't know how to begin or what words to use. The part about switching off the TV and shutting it all out is right on spot.

We're all speechless. We're watching everything closely, day by day yet we have no courage to say a word about it and that's because we know we - the Muslims Ummah - are sitting in our own little islands with our flashy weapons, showing our muscles to none but each other.

Omar Soliman said...

Great post (and blog). Look forward to reading more of your thoughts...

olde woman said...

Assalamu aleikum,

I posted a comment before, but for some reason it didn't go through.

I've been trying to remove my heart from my throat and post on the same topic for two weeks, but with no result.

But you did it.

Asmaa, shall I say it again? No one can match the poetry in you. Jazakillahu khairan, especially for the reminders.

I miss you terribly, terribly.

brotherhood said...

ameen to the duas :(

May Allah have mercy upon the ummah of Muhammad (saw) ameen

Beauty of Islam said...

Asmaaaaaaaaa...ur such an amazing writer...we need u for our magaineeee.........habybti...

Jamroll said...

Salam,

That was a beautifully written post, sis. And really needed aswell, in all that's going on.

In these difficult times, we need things that will keep us steadfast and give us hope, and comfort and help us focus on the bigger picture

Keep up the good work, inshallah.

May Allah reward you for it.

Fe aman Allah.