It is said that Allah swt has placed a compass in every human that always points to Him. As we grow, worldly influences of parents, environment etc send us looking for happiness here and there. True inner peace and joy elude us until we set out in the direction of the Creator.
A little American girl in a mall in Abu Dhabi is in awe at hearing the call to prayer. May she say "labaik" one day, inshaAllah. Do share your memories of Azan and spiritual experiences in the comments section when you heard something for the first time?
Seek the Main Missing One! (extracts from advice of a scholar)
"If we look into our hearts, we find that all of us have a missing one that we are searching for. Since we do not analyse in depth as to who it is that we miss, we look for it in everything and in every place.
At times one thinks that it is wealth and property, and that once he finds it, he will be the happiest man around. However, when he acquires this wealth, he soon realizes that the fearsome eyes of the greedy, glib tongues of the flatterers, vicious snares of the thieves, and biting words of the jealous are lying in wait for him. Looking after wealth can often be more difficult than acquiring it and cause much bigger worries and anxiety! So, the realisation dawns that an error was made, that wealth is not the missing one that his heart yearns!
Others may think that if they had a beautiful and wealthy spouse, life will be a breeze. But when he achieves his goal and comes face to face with the dangers and difficulties of maintaining such a spouse, and the burdens of her high expectations and unusual demands, he finds that his dream was in fact a nightmare!
Then there are those who find the prospect of fame and high position much more enchanting. But in reality these translate into much greater burdens and tribulations including the accountability before God and men when one presides over the affairs of many.These are nothing but mirages. On achieving them, the thirst inside is not quenched. Instead, one becomes thirstier in the desert of life. As Quran says:
“But the Unbelievers,- their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing..” (Quran, Light, 24:39)
Is it possible that in a creation based on such wisdom, a solution for man’s yearning for that missing one would have been overlooked? Undoubtedly, based on the God’s wisdom, thirst without water is impossible, as water without thirsty is meaningless!
Yes! The man of perception gradually finds that the missing one he has been searching for high and low without success, has always been with him, has embraced him, and is nearer to him than his jugular vein: We are nearer to him than the jugular vein. (Quran, Qaf, 50:16) Yes! Man’s real missing one is everywhere, always with him, but the veils do not let him see it. Man’s preoccupation with the mundane and pursuit of the material needs and desires hinders him from searching in the right places.
Yes my dear! The missing one is with you. Try to remove the veils to see His beauty and love, and make your soul and spirit quench the thirst at His door. Here you will savoir the real tranquility and peace and find the hosts of the heavens at your service! Your real missing one is the same being who created you. The entire world of being is a beam of His existence: “ It is He Who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the Believers, that they may add faith to their faith;- for to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom” (Quran, Victory, 48:4)
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