Saturday, September 20, 2008

From Surat al-Zummar (39) verse 64

قُلْ أَفَغَيْرَ ٱللَّهِ تَأْمُرُونِّيۤ أَعْبُدُ أَيُّهَا ٱلْجَاهِلُونَ

Say: "Is it, then, other than Allah that you bid me to worship, O you who are unaware [of right and wrong]?"

With this night we entered the last 10 holy nights of Ramadan where it is strongly advisable to increase devotions, reading and reflection on the Qur'an. Some people started already their isolation in the Masjid to do so....

One of the insights that are repeatedly being offered here also is how much we humans present of distractions to one another from Allah (swt) ; how much we test and reveal each other's unsculpted Nafs (self). Daily in my work, I witness people who are being destroyed by relationships they are driven to invest into more than they have ever invested in anything else, certainly not in their relationship with their Lord. I see the ravages brought on by relying solely on fellow mortals and by being disconnected from the true spirit even as people are paying lip service to their religious affiliation.

When we are taught that Allah is Jealous and does not tolerate partners with Himself- we are informed of another cosmic law, as fool-proof as any of the laws that have been placed into the physical world. It is not about punishment and reward, it is about a fundamental principle which if we do not build our lives on, they are likely to fail on every level...the results are around us to see.

Paraphrasing Imam Baqli in his exegesis of this verse: " Loyalty (Ikhlas) to the nature of our relationship with Allah distances us from unawareness of right and wrong (Jahl), from doubt (Rayb), and from mistakes due to misidentification of what we are dealing with in reality (Shubha). "

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