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Passion Islam I October 2008 SPECIAL REPORT / ORLD W NEWS I 19
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us you can? Does it
go for a stroll into the deep chambers of mean laying the
the mind and heart. Hopefully, you will be ground for a good with the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alayhi
refreshed so soon after Eid, and this may education, then a brilliant career, and then wasallam is not only the essential part
be the ideal time for such a trip. In fact, it a comfortable retirement? Does using the of our faith, it is also the only way to
may be long overdue. present in the best way mean something befriend Allah Ta’ala. Without a powerful
Right now, we are standing at the tail else? connection between ourselves and the
end of a particularly blessed part of the Actually, our destination is hidden from Holy Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam,
year. Ramadhan is over, and Eid is behind view. It lies around the corner or over the there is no way of attaining Divine
us for another year. What now? The top of the hill. Yes, it lies beyond death pleasure.
same old routine or something different? itself. Some may say that life begins at The first step towards self improvement
With the memory of the dynamic and fifty, in the hope that this will keep their is a change in attitude. So much is
glowing Mosque atmosphere still fresh in morale high and help them ignore the possible and so many improvements are
our minds, let it be something different. reality of death for longer, but our motto is just waiting to be made. Most of what we
Let us hope that when we left the that life begins after death itself. do wrong can be easily corrected. Most
packed Mosque building after the Eid As you sit, grasping your copy of crimes are obviously crimes and you
prayer, we returned home with something ‘Subulas Salaam’ in your hands, notice do not need to have a huge amount of
and not empty-handed and empty that your heart continues to beat. Rather knowledge to understand this.
hearted. obvious, you may say, but you have no Everybody has the opportunity to
The year ahead stretches before us, control over it, and if it were to stop, you make a resolution, and the way to do this
as uncertain as the horizon on a misty day could not restart it. The beating of your is not to sit and think or to take pen and
at sea. We know little of the future and no heart is in somebody else’s control, and paper, or even to go and read a new book.
body knows how long they have left. The He also knows what emotions and states The best method to get to your destination
best thing to do then, is to stop worrying this heart experiences. If there is any goal is to get up and start walking. So what are
about the future, stop groaning or being in life worthy of pursuit, it is to befriend we waiting for? Together, let us start this
nostalgic about the past, and, yes, start One with such power. journey. Let us begin now. This journey
living in the present. If success is in being wealthy or to Allah Ta’ala Himself. A blessed journey
How do you live in the present? Aren’t powerful, then Allah’s friends are both indeed.
we doing that anyway? Valid questions, wealthy and powerful. If happiness lies Be warned though. In the path of
but the answer is simple. Living in the in being with a good friend, Allah is the devotion and love, there are always
present means making the best of what best friend. If there is an ideal goal, Allah difficulties. The challenge is to enjoy
we have. That may be time, or health. Himself is that goal. If Ramadhan has a such difficulties and consider them to be
It may be wealth or youth. Living in the purpose, this is the purpose. an honour. If you learn to do this, even
present means seizing the present with “A man is known by the company fire will not burn you as it did not burn the
all its opportunities and using it to full he keeps”, and those who are closest Prophet Ibrahim Alayhis salam. If it does,
potential. in company with Allah Ta’ala are the it will do so with a promise. The promise
So far, so good, but what is it we should Prophets. From amongst the Prophets, of safety after death and Allah’s pleasure.
be striving to achieve? What should the the closest to Allah Ta’ala is our Noble These are lofty aspirations indeed.
goal be? Does using opportunity to full Prophet, Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi May Allah Ta’ala Himself accompany us
potential mean having a good time while wassallam. To develop a strong bond with His help along the way. Ameen.
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