Thursday, May 19, 2011

Worshiping on the verge

In the Name of Allah, The Most Kind The Most Merciful

Assalam Alaikum all,

Well in case there's anyone out there who may still be following this, I decided to try and re-start my blog. Let's see how long I continue to do this for...

There are some ayats in the Quran I find very powerful and very relevant. One such ayat is this:

There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see! (22:11)

This ayat refers to those people who worship Allah 'on the verge'. It's as though they are standing in a doorway. On one side is Islam, on the other side are the things that take them away from Islam. They are unsure which way to turn, and end up just staying in the middle. When there's something easy to do in Islam, they will do it; when it's perceived as hard, they turn away. Allah describes such people as losers in both worlds. They don't fully get what they can out of this world, and in the hereafter they miss the bounties of paradise.

Who wants to be a loser? None of us do. Yet this ayat is describing a behaviour which probably every single muslim goes through to one extent or another - when we find something hard in Islam, we don't do it. Notice that Allah SWT does not give 'examples' of the kinds of actions being talked about in this ayat. When one reads this ayat, each individual reader knows for himself/herself what those things are that are applicable to him/her.

Let's reflect on this ayat. Let's reflect on where we stand in the doorway, on where we want to go, and the changes we need to make in our lives to get there. May Allah guide each and every one of us, Ameen.