Saturday, August 28, 2010

Of arguments - both good and bad


There is something that struck me a lil while back. There is an Ayah in the Holy Quran which says:

"We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the Mountains: but they refused to undertake it being afraid thereof: but man undertook it he was indeed unjust and foolish." (Surah Ahzab, verse 72). 

It says that the Holy Quran (which is called Trust here), when offered to the mountains (along with heavens and earth), they refused to take it up. It was so heavy for them, that they knew that they couldn't bear the burden of carrying it. This responsibility was only taken up by the human being.

Now consider this other ayah:

"And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, "My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You." [ Allah ] said, "You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me." But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, "Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers." (Surah Al-Aaraaf, verse 143)

So this verse talks about the time when Hazrat Moosa (AS) asked Allah (SWT) to show him Himself - and Allah (SWT) Knew that that wouldn't be possible for Moosa (AS), but when Allah (SWT) did ''tajjalli'' on the mountain, predictably Hazrat Moosa wasn't able to take it and fell in a faint. When he came to, he admitted that he doesn't need to see Allah (SWT) to believe in him. 

Now, the point to be noted about the second verse is Hazrat Moosa (imagine, a prophet, and somebody who had already CONVERSED with Allah SWT) was not able to see a mountain turn to dust - so, can we easily see a mountain turn to dust? Nope. We can't. Connect this with the first verse... the mountain was not ABLE to take the Holy Quran and that Quran laid HEAVY on the mountain!

And now consider the question: How do we treat the Quran? We all have one. We all possess a copy, it's sitting right there on the cupboard - possibly wrapped in most intricately crafted cloth ever. But do we treat it as something a majestic mountain refused to take up.? 

Something to think about!
On a completely unrelated and shameful note, I had an argument with Mum again! I know it's not right - it tarnishes the fast - it's good to just AGREE to parents - and not argue etc etc etc. I know alllllllllll that. Yet.... :'( :'( :'( 

Sometimes, I wish I were a really really really docile person. Jis nay JO keh dia, I would have replied with a yes! Life would have been much simpler. But no, I HAD to get envious of a friend whose donating money from her salary for flood relief - and this envy had to have me lashing out at Mum for not allowing me to work and earn money of my own so I can donate... and the age old argument (its really been happening for ages now) continued. I could have just swallowed the fact that I don't have money (on a periodic basis, like a salary) to donate to my heart's content. I could have just swallowed my anger at ''Just because the whole world thinks education is to be obtained for a job, doesn't mean it really had to be obtained for this reason only'' - and not replied back. God, I was furious. **tries not to get furious again at her fate**
In Memory of Faraj Hassan Alsaadi
It is with the utmost sadness that we share the heartbreaking news that former detainee Faraj Hassan Alsaadi died in a tragic motorcycle accident on August 16th at 9am. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon - to God we belong and to Him we return. His last night in this world was spent in defence of his sister, Aafia Siddiqui, speaking to a crowd of 300 in her support at the 'Aafia - the Last Stand' rally and supplicating for her in an unprecedented act, leading 90 people in qiyaam and qunut outside the US embassy, London.
If you read more about this man, you'd find out that his life was mostly full of trials and hardship. He was caught in 2002 in the UK and imprisoned on charges that weren't really there. Nothing got proven against him, but he remained detained and subsequently house arrested, till November 2009. In November 2009, he became a free man. And not a year is over from that time :(. So from Nov 2009, this man has been a champion and a principal supporter of the cause of Dr Aafia Siddiqi's predicament. These past few months were spent arguing for her case, giving talks and even leading protests. An unshakable person, really. It's so sad he left this world too soon, but the point to be noted is how he spent his life, despite the odds against him.


Today's Taraweeh Truffle: Spider Sense :)


majworld said...

really nice to read how u interpreted those two ayats..gave us a point to think..btw u write well, and should write articles, guess u wrote once that u do too, may be save things like that u write..
and shouldn't be arguing with mother. its ur niyat that matters. its not the actual amount. this juma, imam was telling a person got in jannat because he used to wish that he had money like some rich guy and he gave as sadqa..And allah wrote all that niyat that matters..allah doesn't hold us accountable for things out of our control or capacity..I guess u r doing gud to continue studies and its better for u..So, u should refrain from the bigger sin of arguing with parents..
And about that guy...I one read a column in urdu newspaper. I guess it was about that was on how few people are unlucky in life when they don't have done anything and what's allah's purpose in it. This guy(if i am correct) got arrested without any crime and due to him a high ranked soldier where he was imprisoned got muslim seeing him. So the writer was telling that there is betterment in every act of allah. And if one have some mishap it may be due to some other purpose which allah knows only..

Ahmar said...

Jazaka'Allah for the reminder in relation to the Quran in the first part of this post..
As for arguing with mom, it is sometimes very difficult especially when one feels that they are justified in thinking/doing otherwise and it needs alot lot lot of effort to overcome the temptation and not retort back...But whatever your cicumstances, we are rewarded for our intentions, our efforts in given circumstances..Baaqi if it providing relief or anything of that order to human beings, only Allah (SWT) can take care of all human beings and what counts for us, human beings is the effort we put in given how much we are capable of...

Ahmar said...

Hey I just watched the Spider Sense Taraweeh Truffle...I loved it and I learnt an amazing dua and can connect it right to the source now :D..Jazaka'Allah...I have the past videos pending and I din't watch them all yet..but now I will insha'Allah...nice find, Jazaka'Allah again :)

Uni said...

JazakAllah for the encouragement. But as for now, I'm quite sick and tired of writing. So am taking a hugee break from it :P. And yeah, I did write articles.

This Imam rocks if he said that :D. Made my day! Thanks!

Um, Im not sure if he's the same guy. Even then, his story is really really inspiring, and his last ever lecture and imamat of namaz-e-magrib outside the US consulate in London, is one huge lesson in how people do amazing deeds b4 leaving the world. MA!

Uni said...

BarakAllah :)
Um, yeah... it's tough not to argue. I try most of the times to contain myself, and most times I do succeed :). But there are times, it gets too much.

I hope I'm rewarded for intention - laikin, there should be something on ground... **restlessly**

Taraweeh Truffles are great! The duaĆ” is sooo apt for today's times :(. And do watch th rest of them as well!

Thanks both for dropping by!

Nikki. said...

It's just a sad sad thing, we often misjudge what our parents try to put into us, but as they say Jawaani ka Khoon kind of thing, we just want to do what seems RIGHT to US and to no one else :(
inna lillah wa inna 'ilayhi raji'un at the sad and sudden death of such a great man. I hope his mission comes to out to be a Victory really soon InshAllah.

Mobeen said...

Everything that Allah created has a soul. Some of them fulfill the roles that Allah has set for them and do exactly what they were created to do.

This includes the plant and animal kingdoms, the mountains, seas and oceans, planets, stars, for example, as each of them worships Allah in their own way. They do not have a free will as do humans and the Jinn.

We are told in the Qur'an that Allah "offered" a trust to the heavens and the earth, but out of fear that they would not be able to handle the responsibilities laid upon them, they declined the offer, while only humanity took up the offer of this free choice.

This refers to responsibility of free choice to either accept commands and prohibitions, and the conditions that go along with them, or to choose to disobey. This means that the one who fulfills this responsibility will be rewarded and the one who neglects it will be punished.

Man accepted this "despite the fact that he is weak and unjust". Only those who Allah guides and helps will be able to carry out the responsibilities placed on them. These are the ones who guard the Trust faithfully.

Uni said...

Yeah, it's pretty sad. I am usually very angry with myself after these sessions, but at the time, Im on auto-argue mode I think. But IA, I vow to be better (like all the time) :S.

Thanks for the comment!

Thanks for the very detailed and well described comment. It's totally true that there is a fundamental difference between the human being [and jin] and all other living things, because human beings have a free will (to an extent), while other living things don't. And that has made us take the responsibility of the Holy Quran. Thus, we should think more on how we use this Quran and how much frequently.

I hope and pray we are the ones who can fulfil this responsibility, and overcome our weaknesses with the Blessings of Allah SWT.

JazakAllah for the comment.