STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

2/25/2006

Felicity

Taqwa is having an obsession and feeling compelled in always having sincere devotion to God. One has taqwa when there's a combination of having so much hope for God's Mercy & Compassion while having the fear of God's Wrath & Displeasure. Someone who has taqwa in their hearts should never feel so confident that they are safe and that the good deeds they do are even accepted (good action doesn't always mean appropriate intention). A strong believer, a Mumin, can't feel like its a hopeless case and that he/she is doomed to God's Punishment. If this were to happen then it may cause him to give up his hope in God all together which means he/she denies the essence of a Muslim's belief in God being the Most Merciful.

"Surely those of taqwa shall be in the midst of Gardens and fountains." [15:45]

What kind of life are we living here? Well for one, we all have access to a computer, a home, and probably more than double of what we really need to survive, or even really need to live comfortably. Hmm, what does living comfortable even mean? Let's just face it. We are all materialistic. Our attachment to this world and the trinkets and gadgets are all these "thingys" that ultimate mean NOTHING. I mean come on, are we being IGNORANT here? What is it about these things that drives us towards them? Easy. Sense of beauty, feeling rich, dominating control, empowerment through free-will? Are we that loved and that blessed by God, that we are the priveledged? WAKE-UP! Totally NOT.

If we look at life as if its something we own, I mean you own your life and I own mine, then yeah, it would be ok to think of everything we have as rightfully ours I guess. This is not reality though. Reality is living consciously. It is not a God-given right to live large, it is a God-given TEST. Life is not about life, its actually about death and what happens after it. The problem is people who seem to be awake are actually sleeping because they don't see it this way, nor do they even
care.

All Glory belongs to our Creator. You are less than a speck, and I am sure that I am even less than that! So who are you, and who am I to bypass the thoughts of our FINAL
DESTINATION upon death? What makes us so sure that we are going to a good place? If we claim to be unsure of that then what makes us overlook that most important aspect, purpose, and reason for the life we have been given??

I want Jannah to be mine. I really really want to make it to Paradise. Wanting is not enough. How could the most pure and incredible place (for a lack of better words) be reached? We know the law of what works in this life. Work hard and youll get it. This law was set by God. Go to school, you get a degree. Stay a few extra hours you get a bigger paycheck. Exercise and your muscles get strong. This is all good in this life. But what are you, what am I, really doing for the real thing? The real payoff?? I want to be in a colorful and most serene place beyond what our limited minds can even encompass. Nonstop pleasure. Nonstop luxury. Nonstop confidence that God is pleased by me, and you.

But at least let's just day dream for a bit. Create this picture. Pretend you are in Jannah for a minute. You are so tall, 60 yards maybe. You are 33 years old, but those who died young vs. those who died old are known. You just made it into Jannah. During the life you lived on earth, you were patient and grateful for all difficulties so now you are entitled to a welcoming meal as an inhabitant of Paradise. Your first drink is the most beautiful drink called 'Salsabeel'. The ground of Jannah is of white sparkled sand, more pure and more bright than you could ever have witnessed. You are adorned with fabrics of the finest silk and a green, a color with more beauty than you have ever seen. Pearls & gold and raised thrones are all yours. YOURS. Fruits juicier than you could ever think of. No need to relieve yourself their, and no need to worry or complain of anything. Ill feelings of jealousy and negative words of gossip are absent. Rivers of milk whiter than fresh snow, and reserves of honey to indulge in with purity. Perfection in every freckle of a spot, for you are an honored guest of God. Allah, who has given you your final return, your eternal home, greater than just the most remarkable mansion. You are given at the very least 10 times of what you could have had on earth. No doubt, and that's just if you, & I make it to the first floor.

God(Allah) told humanity in Quran:

Allah hath promised to believers men and women gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein and beautiful mansions in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme felicity. {9:72}

There no sense of fatigue shall touch them nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave. {15:48}

Gardens of Eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow (pleasant) rivers: they will have therein all that they wish: thus doth Allah reward the righteous. {15:31}

Who has, out of His bounty, settled us in a home that will last: no toil nor sense of wearness shall touch us therein. {25:35}

So we have to keep daydreaming. Dreams of a hypothetical reality, fuel our hopes, no matter how far we've gone all wrong, and no matter how far we've strayed. As long as you are alive in this current life, you can rectify, to make it to Felicity. A place much bigger than life. Let's go. May Allah guide you, guide me, and guide all of us to Jannah. (...and protect us from its opposite).



1 Comments:

At February 28, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

Ameen! that is a beautiful description of Jannah.

 

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