Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Love between two lovers is so special that even God will back down"

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ 
 In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 

One day, I was "channel surfing" and I came across a Hindi movie on TV and decided to watch it for a while. There was a scene of a group of men and women talking about two lovers (a hero and a heroin), who happened to be their relatives. These two lovers were so deeply in love yet some parties were against their love. So these men and women were discussing about the situation and how they hoped the lovers would finally get their happy ending of being united forever. 

A said, "Oh God, I hope they will be united because their love is so pure.."
B responded, " Love between two lovers is so special that even God will back down.."

And I chuckled at that part. "Love between two lovers is so special that even God will back down.." "...even God will back down.."

Hindi productions often contain highly philosophical sayings and thoughts of which make them unique. Yet, being a Muslim, one can't help but notice that the philosophies presented in these art forms are, at times, a bit skewed or distorted. Like the one above. It's skewed and distorted from the Truth that is based on Islamic Worldview. This is a typical case of how the worldview of life is misunderstood. And this sort of misunderstanding does not only happen in scripts of movies or stories in novels. I believe, these voices of misunderstanding are always whispering in human minds and in fact, it is from the mind that all this originated. Specifically, it is from the mind of which the capability to see and understand has been made limited.    

The saying above; "Love between two lovers is so special that even God will back down..", shows how limited and skewed the mind's perception towards God has been. If I may uncoil it, the saying is glorifying the power of love by underrating the essence of God. It was probably based on the misconception and image that God is somehow like a human King, who is "sitting somewhere up there in his throne" and "just observing" human undergoing their everyday life, and when a commotion of some sort happens on Earth, such as the battles that lovers have to go through before being united, only then God will "jump in" and interfere. Sort of like the images of gods and goddesses portrayed by the Greeks and the Romans. 

This shows that this sort of mind does not (has not) achieved the understanding that God, His attributes and His essence are beyond that, beyond what human mind can think off. In truth and based on the Islamic Worldview, God is the One who controls everything, and I mean EVERYTHING from the biggest and most awe-inspiring occurrence like the movement of Earth, the sun and the moon, to the smallest and slightest happenings like the dropping of a leaf to the ground,  the movement of our eye balls looking around and the beating of our heart while we're breathing. Exalted is God that He knows everything from the silent whisper of our hearts at this moment to what's going to happen in 50-100-1000-years and infinity from now. Magnificently, He is not only the One who controls everything (Al-Muqeet) and knows everything (Al-'Alim), He is also the Most Wise (Al-Hakeem) that He knows what is the best for everything, every man, and every one of  His creations:

وَعِندَهُ مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ لَا يَعْلَمُهَا إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ ۚ وَمَا تَسْقُطُ مِن وَرَقَةٍ إِلَّا يَعْلَمُهَا وَلَا حَبَّةٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الْأَرْضِ وَلَا رَطْبٍ وَلَا يَابِسٍ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

[سورة الأنعام 6: 59]

With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth but He. He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read). 

(Surah Al-An'am 6: 59)

Analyzing the above misconception and coming out with the appropriate explanation to it make me realized the importance of having the right mind or the right way of thinking, the importance of having the correct perspective and worldview on life. This is because, when one's worldview is skewed, then the person's perceptions, beliefs and understanding on life will also be off track from the genuine truth. When one's worldview is correct, then his perceptions, beliefs and understanding on life will also be on the right path. When one's perception towards God is twisted, then something in his belief system is also distorted. 

So how do we make sure that our worldview is correct? How do we know it is correct? Or how do we change our worldview? I believe the answer is by following the voice of curiosity in our head and by feeding the urge to seek knowledge. Speaking based on my own personal experience, it is the voice of curiosity in me that makes me continue searching and re-discovering knowledge, be it new or forgotten ones. There's this feeling of wanting to untie and clarify matters in me that help me to uncover more things, understand better and have better perspective or worldview on life and its rules Alhamdulliah. Hence, one should not stop seeking knowledge; one should not stop thinking and one should not stop finding answers. Every time we come across something new or something old yet forgotten, keep on asking ourselves, "Is this the truth?" and "What is the truth?". Keep on trying to find the answers. Keep on reflecting.

So, let's reflect, is it true that "Love between two lovers is so special that even God will back down"? Is this the truth? Is this the true portrayal of God handling the case of two lovers who are facing challenges in being united?

Based on the correct worldview, the worldview of Islam and its teachings which believe that God i.e Allah, the Exalted, is the One who controls everything (Al-Muqeet), knows everything (Al-'Alim) and He is also the Most Wise (Al-Hakeem), if the lovers have to be departed, which to men is a sad thing, it does not mean that God is being cruel. It actually shows God's will that He has the power to permit or disallow any happenings and His discretion is based on His judgment because He is God, He knows everything, He knows the grief, the sadness that they have to face, and He certainly knows what's the best for the two hearts, the two souls.

In the Quran, it is mentioned:
وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ 

And they planned and Allah (also) planned, and Allah is the best of planners.

(Surah Al-'Imran 3: 54)

We, human beings, make plans through the best ways that we can. But we have limitations. And Allah plans things for us too and His plans is the best because He is the All-Knowing and the Most Merciful. He knows which plan of life is the best plan for us. Therefore, He knows what's the best for the two hearts, the two souls. In everything that He determines, there's wisdom. Hence, we need to strongly trust Him, have faith in Him and have 'tawakal' upon Him. 

And if these two souls are finally united despite the challenges that they must face, which of course bring happiness to these two hearts, it is not because God i.e Allah has backed down and given in to the lovers' true power of love. Instead, it is with His help, His utmost power, His mercy and His love towards them that they are united. In fact, it is He who has written it way earlier in His Qadr that the lovers shall be united and the feeling of love that sparks in their hearts has actually been sparked by Him. And to Him, we should rely our hopes because He is As-Samad, the only one whom we should depend on. 

Wallahu 'alam.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sunnatullah and the non-Muslims

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

I've just finished reading Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret". There are a lot of new insights that I've learned, understood and received from the book; on the power of love, being grateful, believing in goodness and a lot more. In particular, reading Rhonda Byrne's writing, her enthusiasm, beliefs, success and stories on "The Secret", which the main concept is based on The Law of Attraction, made me reflect that sometimes, we Muslims forget or are ignorant about the truth that even the most "magical" and "mystical" Sunnatullah could also happen to our fellow non-Muslims. Now what do I mean by this?

First let's look at what is the meaning of Sunnatullah. Sunnatullah means "the rules of the universe governed by Allah s.w.t" (Hasrizal Jamil, 2012: Link) or "a complete and integral system of cause and effect and it runs systematically and perfectly in accordance with the command of Allah" (Ismail R. al-Faruqi: Link)

The Law of Attraction contains life concepts that are based on Sunnatullah. And they are Sunnatullah that are "mystical" and "magical". Why do I term them as "magical" and "mysitical"? It's because logic can't explain the happenings of these kinds of Sunnatullah. To exemplify, let's look at one example taken from the concepts of Law of Attaraction explained in Rhona Byrne's book; the magic of giving sincere charity.

In one part of this book, Byrne explains that in order for us to be more financially stable, or blissfully wealthy, we must practise ourselves to love giving sincere charity to those in need, especially in the form of money. We should not be greedy. We must cultivate the sincerity and love of giving away wealth, in our hearts. She explains further that once we give with the intention to feel the love of giving money and the love of helping others, then money, wealth and riches will be attracted to us and will eventually come to us. However, she did remind readers that one should not have a materialistic mind set; "to get more money, I have to give more money". She affirms that one HAVE TO give with sincere heart and with the intention so that the heart will feel the love of giving charity, not for the sake of merely receiving wealth in return.

In Islam, the act of giving charity or known as sadaqah is highly encouraged. Below are dalil of encouragment from the Quran and Ahadith on giving charity or doing sadaqah:

In the Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah verse 276, Allah proclaims:

{2:276} يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ أَثِيمٍ 
"Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: 
For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked". 

Allah’s Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alaihi wassalam) said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth, and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim #4.6264) 

It has been narrated from Abil Darda' that: “The Messenger of Allah (S) spoke to us on Jumu'ah and said, “O' People! Turn back to Allah (in repentance) before you die; and before you get too busy (in your life) perform righteous deeds; correct the relationship between yourselves and your Lord so that you may gain felicity; and give a lot of charity (sadaqah) so that you are given (by Allah) sustenance; and enjoin goodness upon others so that you may be protected (from the hell fire) and forbid others from evil so that you may be assisted (by Allah).”

It is written in the dalil above that some of the wisdom behind the sincere act of giving charity is one's wealth will not be decreased, in fact, Allah will even provide him with more sustenance, not only in this world, but also in the hereafter. From a logical perspective, wealth or money will eventually be decreased if we give them away. But with Allah's power and supremacy  He has determined it that wealth will not be decreased when we give them away for charity, in fact they will be increased. This, is one of the "magical and mystical" Sunnatullah and this is where the Law of Attraction concept discussed above, is extracted from.

Now going back to my reflection earlier. It's true, sometimes we Muslims tend to forget that "magical" and "mystical" Sunnatullah could also happen to our fellow non-Muslims. How do these Sunnatullah happen to them? Simply because they believe in or do the actions that will make them experience the Sunnatullah, though they are not Muslims or they do not believe in Allah, yet. In the case of giving charity mentioned above, if they give charity out of their sincere heart, they too will get what Allah has promised; "increase for deeds of charity", "wealth will not be decrease" and "be bestowed with more sustenance". The Sunnatullah is not exclusive for Muslims, it is for all human beings. Subhanallah Allah is indeed Ar-Raheem.

Why do I choose to highlight on this? It is because sometimes we Muslims tend to forget that Allah's love is also showed towards the non-believers because they are also His servants. Allah is their Creator too. Some Muslims are trapped into thinking that Allah is only for Muslims, as though the life of non-Muslims is totally cut off from Allah's guardianship. In truth, Allah is the Lord of the universe, He is the Lord for all, He is the one who provides sustenance for all, He is Al-'Adil, The Most Just and therefore His rules and ways of  ruling (Sunnatullah) are subjected to all His creations, be it Muslims or non-Muslims.

Once, a friend gave her opinion "Look at all these non-Muslims, they can easily become rich and wealthy.. For them it is easy..because they can do rasuah (corruption).. That's why they can become rich easily.."

Hmm...this is the idea that we should try to avoid. In one perspective, we can't agree to that cause if we agree, it's as if we are being conservative, as if we are telling the world "Hey if we don't practise rasuah (i.e if we follow what Islam says), we cannot be rich, ever". That's wrong. Totally wrong. We can still be rich by avoiding rasuah and following the Islamic rules.

Secondly, we should not agree to it cause we can't be judgmental. Some of those wealthy men and women who are non-Muslims have fought their hardest to reach the level that they are now. They have gone through several courses, seminars and education levels to be where they are now. They have learned a lot and they have done a lot of readings too. They don't simply become rich out of a blink. Some of them went through the "clean" paths to succeed. And here we are, judging they got everything for "free" and Allah does not assist them at all. Who knows, maybe they are exposed to the Law of Attraction; to always give sincere charity, to always be grateful and etc. These are also Sunnatullah. Or maybe they have striven very hard and Allah has promised it that whoever works hard to change one's situation (from bad to good, good to better), Allah will assist him/her to change it. And due to their hard work, they succeed. That is also Sunnatullah.

Basically, from today onward, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let's not be too narrow minded. Let's not be judgmental. Let's open our mind and widen our perspective. We have to believe that Allah is the Provider for ALL, and his Sunnatullah happens to ALL and He is the the guardian for ALL.


Disclaimer: The writing above has nothing to do with the use of "Allah" by religions or races other than Islam and Muslims. This is a totally different topic with different dalil and syarah.

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