“And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.” (Quran:51:55)
Ever once in a while, there are emotions and deeds your heart yearns to do, knowing full well it may not be the right action. Pleasing the soul and nafs becomes mandatory thereby disciplining the nafs is said to be the greatest jihad one could undertake.
To strive on His path and hold on, knowing that a slip up is easy, knowing full well that evil always looks good, knowing that the deceptions of life are louder, brighter, vivid and more clearer than the hidden rewards that awaits eternally, makes the entire goof up look “easier”.
Probably because the human mind and soul cant comprehend the concept of eternity, because, quite simply because none of us have witnessed eternity yet, so the limited human thinking can only accept the temporary.
The very concept of hellfire and paradise irrespective of the crystal clear images printed in the Book of Allah can make one go blind, can cover and veil the heart, quite simply because the concept of eternity is a little difficult for the human mind to grasp.
A beauty lies in the fact that knowing how easily the slaves sell themselves to eternal punishment, the Lord, the Maker, the Cherisher and Sustainer, sends reminders..
A simple quote, a simple post which one starts reading at a time when something more important needs to be given attention to, becomes a REMINDER. Today, it was quite simply His way of reminding and telling me “Your soul is not so cheap, pull yourself up and get your act straight!”.
Irrespective of the number of times one hears reminders, there is a part that wants to forget and another part that simply forgets. Probably the exact same reason why reminders are sent repeatedly. Beyond all the foolishness of this rebelling nafs, the Supreme Voice says, “Despair not, come back”.
A lesson I learnt today: The feeling of remorse doesn’t necessarily mean one is wrong or weak or guilty. The feeling of remorse simply means one’s heart is still alive and hasn’t been completely hardened and rusted.
Its natural to get angry and annoyed when humans remind you to do something constantly, but there is a special beauty when Allah (swt) reminds. The reminder has a perfect balance of mercy and chiding, power packed with Love, and that’s when you realize it doesn’t matter how often you read a verse or a quote, there are times when it smacks hard into your heart and you WAKE UP!
Today, I was given two such reminders from two bloggers that put me back on track. Even though the posts seem “not connected”, they made perfect sense. Quite simply because it was not a random reading I did today, it was a reminder from the One who wanted to get me back on the Straight Path. Interestingly the first one I read was about forgiveness and the second was about how I trade myself to dunya instead of akhira..
Powerful reminders..jazakumAllahu khayran for the sisters who acted as His soldiers today! YES, He sends reminders through whomsoever He wishes!! The question is: Am I being receptive or arrogant? I think it was the former..alhamdulillah!!