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Published on August 27th, 2009 | by Omar

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The picture I hope to never forget

Yesterday was the 5th day of Ramadan for us alhumdulilah. I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort to do what our ulamah have told us. That being maximizing my time during this blessed month. However, yesterday I saw a picture that made me tremble with fear of the day that I will have to face Allah. That picture is the following one:

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I had heard about what was taking place in Kenya, Somalia, Etheopia, etc. in the news. However, I came across this picture on a day that I was fasting and the fear I felt at that moment about the IMMENSE blessings Allah has given me that I show little grattitude for. Ironically, this picture was followed by the following picture:

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Though I may not partake in such blatent acts of waste, I can’t really condemn this given that I too do the same thing on a smaller scale. I couldn’t help but think that if this child were to see the picture above or a picture of me in my lifestyle of wasteage the he would curse me. It made me reflect on the day that I will stand before Allah and that this child could be brought forward to bare witness against me and rightfully so. I can’t imagine what I would do if i were in his mothers situation. Allah.

But just how can I actually show gratitude for worldly blessings that even our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) didn’t have. A life of ease greater than that of any king or pharaoh of times past.

On the way home I was listening to a lecture by Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad about Religous Freedom and the Sunnah. The Shaykh had many good points to make but the key one was about the rat race our nufs (the part of us that always hungers for more) has us running in and how the sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) helps limit. He goes on to talk about how modernity has made us frown upon adhering to limits and boundries.

He uses the analogy of a lion in a circus. The lion can do tricks in the circus but what it really wants to do is run free in the savanah. We as Muslims are like the lion. We do all sorts of tricks and make all sorts of concessions but our soul really wants to run free in the savanah adhereing to the Qur’an and sunnah.

How do these two things relate? I need to slowly stop taking part in the rat race of acquiring new things and be content with what I have and need to increase my salah, dhikr and other forms of worship both spiritual and physical and show gratitude for the IMMENSE IMMENSE IMMENSE blessings i have recived. Maybe there is hope for me yet insha’Allah. I pray that this fear and reflection that the picture instilled in me never fades. May Allah help all those who are suffering on this earth and may we as people use the compassion Allah has instilled in us to work to help all those who are suffering on this earth because Allah gave us compassion so that it would push us to action. Ameen Ameen Ameen.

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