Final Destination

806007_the_path.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Life’s a funny old palaver isn’t it?

Just when you thought you got the hang of it, something new happens to turn the tables upside down.

Just when you thought you had your game plan well and truly mapped out, a new player enters the game of your life and changes the rules.

And just when you thought you were riding high and had everything under your control, you slip from underneath and find that you’ve got to do it all over again!

Indeed, this life is full of ups and downs, highs and lows, laughter and joy. Our thoughts, our desires, our aspirations all lead us to getting out of that bed first thing in the morning and board the train of life in the hope and expectation of edging closer and closer to that dream of ours – whatever that may be.

Sometimes, it’s not a dream but a belief – a desire to shun the wrong and take a firm step in the right direction, the direction of Truth. Sometimes that is easy, but most of the times, it is not. It is not an unknown fact that the Path to Truth is beset with obstacles to waylay the unwary traveller…

Just look at the incident when the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) started inviting the idolators of Mecca towards belief One God – Allah.

It was the people who respected him; the people who had called upon him to resolve the dispute about the placing of the Hajr-e-Aswad (the Black Stone set in one of the corners of the Kaa’ba), the people who referred to him as As-Sadiq (the truthful one) and Al-Amin (the trustworthy one), it was the same people who had seen him grow up into one of the most humblest, kind-hearted and respectable men in Mecca, who turned on him as soon as he started proclaiming the Truth – the Truth of Laa ilaaha Illallah (there in none worthy of worship except Allah).

What started as mere verbal defiance soon escalated into outright violent opposition, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his small band of followers were chastised and persecuted in the most demeaning of ways.

But never did the Prophet (PBUH) instruct that oppression be met with oppression, and never did he or the Sahaba (Companions) falter in their search for the Truth.

So we must keep going as well, keep on following the example of the Prophet (PBUH) and become a shining example of Islam in action. We must keep catching the train of life – work, practice and pray everyday so that we may get closer to the Truth.

A wise man once said, ‘Nothing that is worth working for is ever easy’ but we must keep chugging along. To attain the pleasure of Allah, to gain nearness to Him, to make sure that our final destination is the highest level of Jannat-ul-Firdaus (Heaven), to fulfil the rights of our family, friends, our husbands and our wives, of all humankind, to be a success in this world and be an even greater success in the Akhirah (Hereafter); all of these and more represent our dreams and our aspirations, our highs and our lows, our laughter and our sorrow, all in preparation to reach our final destination.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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