Saturday, September 30, 2006

and He found me wandering...

Surat Ad-Dhuha is probably one of my favourite surahs. Here's the translation: 1. By the Glorious Morning Light, 2. And by the Night when it is still,- 3. Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased. 4. And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present. 5. And soon will thy Guardian-Lord give thee (that wherewith) thou shalt be well-pleased. 6. Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)? 7. And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance. 8. And He found thee in need, and made thee independent. 9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness, 10. Nor repulse the petitioner (unheard); 11. But the bounty of the Lord - rehearse and proclaim! I don't know if I ever fully grasped why I loved the surah so much, then it hit yesterday. The khateeb was reciting it during Jumuah prayer... There is a point that comes in every person's life when he or she comes to a major intersection and chooses the direction to take. We've all been in situations where we're utterly and hopelessly lost. The directions your friends or family gave you were terrible and you didn't bring a map. Imagine someone coming to you, taking you by the hand and saying: come with me, I know where you're going and I'll take you there myself. That's wandering, and that's guidance: "and He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance." He's given us everything we need to be happy and to attain success in this world and the next. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who couldn't quite be satisfied with the small pleasures of life. Apparently everything is redundant, everything is the same, and the world is too hurt to be healed, "so why should I try?" My answer is this: Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee. And "the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present." I forget that every day. There isn't a moment that goes by where I'm not thinking of something I need in this life, something that I strive for, an appointment that I'm late for or a reading I haven't completed. Only fleeting thoughts of the hereafter run through my mind. I realized that it's not a reality for me, death. I can't picture it, I can't picture being here one moment and then not, I can't picture the journey. Except in pain, then I can see it. When pain comes, the only way to overcome it is to know that the hereafter is better for you. The only way to choose the right thing to do is to know that hereafter is better - nothing in this life lasts but the next life is forever. I've been terrible this Ramadan so far, and that's devastating. I can barely think of one or two good things that I've done within the past week. I hope and pray that the coming weeks will be better.

6 comments:

sara said...

We should have a chat tomorrow. In fact, I'm really looking foward to it. That's something good you can do for me.

olde woman said...

Assalamu aleikum,
Beautiful my dear. Just beautiful.

We'll both help each other seek the way. Uhibbuki fillah.

Farzeen said...

Assalaamu'alaykum

SubhanAllah. That's deep...and so utterly true. Only through pain, it seems, do we even attempt to come taste the sweetest of faith, the testimony of His Greatness. SubhanAllah. May Allah make the reality clear to us and save us from worldly deceptions, ameen.

[In response to your comment left at Acoustic Sleep, yes, insha'Allah one day we should meet up. Allah only knows when though :). But I'm sure if I ask around for Asmaa, someone will point me in the right direction. :)]

Squeeky said...

Assalaamu Alaikum :)

Such beautiful reminders, jazaakAllahu khairaa Asmaa! And don't question whether or not you've done anything this Ramadan, your posts do a lot, masha'Allah. Receiving guidance from Allah Swt is a true blessing and we can only pray that we die as believers insha'Allah so that we can experience a wonderful journey straight to Jannah *sigh*

May Allah Swt accept our ibaadah and our efforts at bettering ourselves this Ramadan, ameen.

yaser said...

that's precisely why i love that surah as well. when everything seems hopeless, when it seems like everyone's given up on me, i just remember--my lord has not forsaken me. and i ask him to forgive me.

Shirazi said...

Yes, true!