I arrived in Jordan on 10th September 2012 and had a long long day! It was quite a large group of doctors who were attending a conference here just by the Dead Sea. As we were waiting at a restaurant for food, I was standing with my mom when another aunty came up and they started having a conversation. The conversation was the usual what we would call “feminine” talk- shopping, dresses, decoration pieces (commonly referred to as Show-piece) etc.
As they were discussing it, I noticed something. Many of these “show-pieces”, which are souvenirs are made of glass and/or ceramic. They might easily break. The aunties were talking very much about how expensive these things are. Also on the menu of the “adda” (chat) was the fact that buying them in one country makes it a challenge to transport them to another country because they break easily. While each aunty gave their points view- some put foam around the glass pieces, some wrapped them in their clothes, and so on and so forth, the point I got from it was, it had to be protected! It was precious! If it breaks, it’s a great loss.
Ah Ah! So much for this thing of this world! It is perfectly fine to protect it and care for it. But on closer observation and reflection I thought of my own Imaan! People worry about this aspect of the dunya. What if it breaks? That would be a disaster. Protected and covered it is kept so that it survives the storm. Yet, what about that which is so precious that it makes it’s owner (the believer) more holy in the sight of Allah than the Blessed Kaaba itself! What about our faith? Do we protect it, and think about it the way we would for that piece of glass and/or ceramic? Do we protect our imaan with layers and layers of protection to prevent it from breaking? Or do we expose it to the rigors of this world, the fitnah and it’s likes and let it lose itself? Taqwa literally means to protect oneself. Protect oneself from what? From the displeasure of God, from that which God has prohibited for us.
It was reported that `Umar bin Al-Khattab (Radi Allahu Anhu) asked Ubayy bin Ka`b (Radi Allahu Anhu) about Taqwa. Ubayy said, “Have you ever walked on a path that has thorns on it?” `Umar said, “Yes.” Ubayy said, “What did you do then” He said, “I rolled up my sleeves and struggled.” Ubayy said, “That is Taqwa.” (Tafseer Ibn Kathir)
How important are the chores of this duniya compared to the importance we give to the hereafter and our own faith? Do we protect ourselves from the Fire of Hell like we protect that piece of glass? No suggestions, no advice, I will just leave you to ponder today, Salam alaykum!
Experience submitted by Raiiq Ridwan