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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Contented Soul by Zainol Abideen

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Dear brothers and sisters,

The subject of my writing today is about the contented soul. Many of us live our lives today facing the endless challenges that comes to us testing our patience and at times drive us to the points of exasperation.

It differs from one person to the other. The levels of tolerance and patience that one bears in dealing with the various situations that can either make or break our will and resolve to prevail against all odds.

What's our ultimate mission in our life's?

To reach a state of contentment within ourselves and to have all that we need @ to live without want!

The satisfied or contented soul.

In the Surah Al Fajr Chapter 89 Verses 27 to 30, of the Holy Al Qur'anul Karim, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says to us :

27. Ya ayyatuha alnnafsu almutma-innatu

27. (To the righteous soul will be said:) "O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction!

28. IrjiAAee ila rabbiki radiyatan mardiyyatan

28. "Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him!

29. Faodkhulee fee AAibadee

29. "Enter thou, then, among My devotees!

30. Waodkhulee jannatee

30. "Yea, enter thou My Heaven!

SadaqAllah hal adzhim.

Dear Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.

It is only natural that we as mankind who submit to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, Rabbul Alamin have a tendency to hope for the best out of our temporal life here on Earth and to wish for a better situation in the Yaum al Akhirat @ Hereafter.

Only a sick depraved confused and disillusioned mind will want to suffer either here or when he or she has kicked the bucket so to speak.

Hope is the only thing we have and are enjoined to always have good faith in Allah, Malikul Mulk, Dzul Jalali Wal Ikram.

After all, what's the point of going through life steeped in misery and ill will, sickening one's soul to a stage of despair and forlorn, suffering in silence, demented in one's state of existence, brought about by a self induced mental delirium sparked off by losing all hope of a better tomorrow?

Those who have given up on life usually drown their sorrows in alcohol or drugs and debauchery in the fervent hope that their demented souls will taste a sense of satisfaction or temporal relief from the endless woes that they find themselves to be stricken or plagued with?

Thus is the state of those who have lost contact or touch with their fitrah @ natural sense of being. The realization that each and every soul is created pure and free from sin or malice by Allah, God Almighty Who loves and Cherishes those amongst mankind who seek His Mercy and Salvation.

No matter what excuse one comes up with and lays the blame on all others except his or her own self, the reality that mankind's troubles start when he or she strays away from the True Path that Allah the Almighty Chose to reveal to those who have it in them to ponder and reflect as to what is Haqq (Right) and what is Batil (Wrong)?

We can never escape responsibility over our selfs for we have been given the Faculty of Reasoning and Thought by our Creator!

It is we ourselves who decide as to what we are going to be?

This is no 'Que Sera Sera ~ Whatever will be ..will be' ..thingy!

No sirree!

We decide as to whether we choose to be a Servant of Allah or otherwise.

We choose to live as we please and we decide our fate. Allah has already given us all that we need and leaves it to us to decide as to where we want to end up?

The state of mind that we bring ourselves to or allow others to manipulate and mould our minds.

It is we, the Children of Adam Alaihis Salam who call the shots within the circumstances that we find ourselves in or are caught up in a situation not of our own choice but purely coincidental?

Yet we can't just throw in the towel and give up at the slightest stalemate that we find ourselves in or come to a dead end in our journey through our short temporal life's?

In order to be able to survive the tempests and storms of our life, we ought to seek that state of mind in which our weary souls get to rest in total submission and servitude to our Lord.

As Muslims, we get to be in that state of contentment, 5 times a day when we ruqu' and sujud towards our Lord in our daily solats.

We never know as to when our time is up?

There's no hourglass that we get to see and measure the remaining moments and seconds of our precious life here on Earth.

The best that we can do is to keep ourselves purified every now and then by surrendering our souls to Ar Rahman Ar Raheem and hope that He will Forgive us.

We can't bribe God. No way.

He Sees through us. Knows what we will be doing next and yet has it in Him to allow us to do as we please.

This is the reality of our life.

We can't pass the buck to someone else. Expect others to take the fall and suffer for all of our own self brought screw ups.

This is the reality of Islam.

Islam does not allow us to sacrifice someone else to pay for our sins.

We do it; we suffer the consequences.

No expecting some other person to be crucified for our own mistakes.

Islam teaches us that if we did screw up, Allah gives us a chance to repent and ask for His Forgiveness and also from those whom we have wronged.

It depends on each individual to learn and realize what it is that Islam allows and what it forbids?

To do something that is forbidden and then expect oneself to get away with it is utter stupidity for even the slightest act or thought of ours is recorded and preserved for posterity to be held against us when we stand before Allahu Ta'ala on the Day of Judgement in the Open Supreme above all Supreme Courts on the Yaum al Mahsyar.

No defence lawyers except our Good Deeds ; no Prosecutors except our Sins which will come back to haunt us unless He, the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful chooses to pardon us as He very well pleases?

So dear brothers and sisters, strive!

Strive as best as we can to rectify our mistakes. Ask for forgiveness from those whom we have wronged. Return to them what is rightfully theirs and ensure that we do not keep anything that is not rightfully ours in the truest of sense attained through our own hard labor and enterprise.

Surrender our tumultuous souls to our Maker and beseech Him to Forgive us.

Cleanse our souls from our egos and purify our selfs by endless Dhikr towards glorifying Him and praise our beloved Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam by sending upon him our Salawats.

It costs nothing but brings everything that our souls will need when we reach the Day of Judgement when we will need all the help that we can get from Allah Azza Wa Jalla and His Beloved Messenger Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Seek the truth of Al Islam and make it a point to learn something new practically each and every day that we still are blessed to be able to live and survive the various tests and challenges that besets upon us in these End Times.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala forgive us and give us that state of being that is called 'the contented soul'. Insya Allah.

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

I seek the forgiveness of all those whom I might have wronged knowingly and otherwise. May Allah unite us all in the Shelter and Sanctuary of His Mercy.

Amin Ya Rahman. Amin Ya Rahim.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.


Zainol Abideen @ Mahaguru58
Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

* Have a blessed Jumaat. :)


Eskapisminda said...

Salam Mahaguru,
Thank you for this reminder and the insightful entry. To live without want is indeed the ultimate. But us human beings came from different web of situations. Some flaws are easily mend and some takes forever. But I believe, to the Seeker, GOD will always guide them nearer.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam dear Intan Suzana Ahmad.

As the saying goes, birds of a feather do flock together and you have proven this to be true for here you are proving yourself to be a true gem in knowing the gist of what I have tried to remind each soul out there today, going through the challenges that we face in these days?

May we all be blessed and guided by Ar Rahman for the rest of our lives and be given our Nafsul Mutma'innah in the long run as we seek.

Ameen. Ya Rabbal Alameen.

fahmi said...

assalamualaikum... itulah yg kite perlu lakukan... perasaan cukup dgn apa yg ade.. syukur dgn setiap pemberian Ilahi... barulah tiada perasaan mazmumah boleh mekar dlm diri.. jazakallahu khairan..

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam saudara fahmi.

Tepat sekali pandangan saudara!

Semoga Allah memberkati hidup saudara dan memberikan saudara segala apa yang saudara perlukan baik untuk kehidupan dunia ini dan di akhirat.

Insya Allah!