Moving that mountain


Dear Reader

I would like you to go on a journey with me right now; a journey where we will imagine a scene. Imagine today, you open your facebook account, and you see 60 notifications and 10 inbox messages. And guess what, it is not just any message, it is messages from your favorite celebrity, whether it is Cristiano Ronaldo if you’re a football fan, Sumon of Aurthohin if you’re a music fan, John Abraham/Aishwarya Rai if your into Bollywood, maybe Tom Cruise/Angelina Jolie if your into Hollywood. I guess you understand what I mean. Just imagine someone who is a celebrity, one you always wanted to get to know, always craved to get a picture with, always wished for an autograph has just sent you a PRIVATE email, inbox message or text. How happy would you be? How pleased would you be?

How pleased would you be my brothers and sisters if you knew that your beloved celebrity now gives you a private meeting time every single day. Facebook status updates to profile pictures to maybe even articles on newspapers, we would do it all, feeling great honour and prestige at being able to be close and connected to this “great” celebrity. In fact if we found someone saying something bad about them or making jokes about we would vehemently defend them and stand up for them while in truth they do not mean anything to us in real life.

On the contrary, many a times when we see a notification or a wall post or an email that is talking of “Quran” or “Islam”, we immediately change screens, sometimes feel absolutely disheartened because we were expecting something “better”, and most probably put it in the trash, delete that tab and forget about it. Brothers and sisters, an important email has been rejected in our community, in our lives and it is not one of these “Quran” emails. It is the Quran itself.

We just mentioned how excited and elated we would be if someone in a “high” position would be contacting us, emailing us, what if we given a message, an email, a book for us, “The successive sending down of the Book is from Allah, The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Knowing” [1] Imagine the One who created every single celebrity, every single nation and country, every single atom in this universe and then He is continuously sustaining it. And yet, He is not “busy” for us, but rather He is always there, and in fact the King of Kings has sent you a personal message subhan Allah! Allah has sent you a personal message only for you, and who is Allah? He is Al-Azeez (The Ever Mighty), Al Aleem (The Ever Knowing). Do we not love to be with people of power and have that honour? Then what if it is the One who is the honour of All Power, Prestige, Majesty and Honour?

In this world many a times, people of honour and prestige, of power and influence are haughty and rude, but here, “A successive sending down from The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful” [2] He is the Owner of Mercy, the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy, and He is Entirely Merciful on the world and everything in it. His Mercy is manifest in every act of kindness and benefit we see around us. If you woke up this morning it is from His Mercy that you woke up. If you are breathing and your heart beating it is from His Mercy that it is happening. And He is also Especially Merciful, in the bare specifics. Imagine there are 6 billion people in the world and among them it is YOU who is reading this, it part of His Special Mercy for you that you have been given the opportunity to read this.

This is the Quran, the Book that has gathered dust on our shelves, the message that has long been forsaken, the Mercy that has long been considered “not so important right now”, and it can rightly be said, the email that has been deleted and trashed without any consideration for it. What if you sent a very personal email to someone you love dearly and they did not even bother? They simply deleted it just because they simply couldn’t “care” about it? Allah loves His slaves more than a mother loves her child [3], and is this our reply to His love?

Allah says about what effect this Quran would have if revealed on a mountain, “If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, indeed you would have seen it submissive, sundered apart out of apprehension of Allah”. [4] This doesn’t mean we take the Quran and put it on a rock. No, if the mountains had feelings, if the mountains understood the message of the Quran then it would have crumbled and crushed into dust out of the apprehension of Allah. And then Allah says in the same verse, “And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.” These examples are given so that we might meditate, we might think over them. If the mountains would have crushed at the awe and reverence of Allah if it understood the Quran, then what mountain has crept up in our hearts, how large is it that it is not moved by Quran, it does not shed tears at the recitation and understanding of the Quran, and worst of all it feels no longing for the Quran at all. How hard have our hearts become?

Dhul Hijjah (or Dhil Hajj in some cultures) is around the corner. The first ten days of which are the best days of the year. Let us use these blessed days to move that mountain in our hearts, so that we may connect again with the Book of Allah and in turn connect with Allah Himself. Allah might be Most High and the Most Great, but He is also The Extremely Loving and the Most Merciful, so there is still time, let us turn back before we are turned back to Allah

“And when My slaves ask you concerning Me – indeed I am Near. I respond to the call of the caller when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be guided” [5]

References

[1] Quran, Surah Ghafir Ch-40 V-2

[2] Quran, Surah Fussilat Ch-41 V-2

[3] ‘Allaah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child.’ Reported by Al Bukhari and Muslim from the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

[4] Quran, Surah Hashr Ch-59 V-20

[5] Quran, Surah Baqarah Ch-2 V-186

Article submitted by Raiiq Ridwan


6 responses to “Moving that mountain”

  1. Salam. A very inspiring and recommendable article.

    However one mistake I found in the transliteration, dua 28:24 is recited " Rabbi inni LIMA anzalta illaya min khairan faqeer" instead if "ILMA"
    Jazakallahu khairan.

  2. Salaam

    brothers n sisters I have met somebody that I want to marry and took my family's blessing but her parent's do not agree to the marriage as im am pakistani and she is a bengali muslim,it has now got to a point where her family are blackmailing her saying they will dosown her if she gets married to a pakistani as this marriage will affect there self respect and honor,I am a practicing muslim and will appreciate any advise as her family do not think she will br happy with me without even seeing me or my family, I am very distressed and do not know what to do plz can someone help guide me

  3. unfortunately, in this situation, it is better if you move on. If her parents repeatedly say no despite all the good qualities you have to say about yourself then, you don't need to cause further trouble by forcing the issue. If this sister is a great Muslimah who has qualities that are so worth it (very religious, studies about Islam, etc) then maybe this issue can be taken to a qualified (HINT: QUALIFIED!!!!!!!!!) Imam or Shaykh who can tell you whether or not you can marry her without the permission of her parents. The imam will have to rule that the reasons for not allowing her to marry you isn't a legitimate reason to prevent her from marrying you.

    When it comes to the blackmail threat, the parents are on the wrong. If you do end up marrying her, make sure she is in your full care as in the event her parents do disown her, she will have no other place to call home except yours. You need to treat her with extreme care and make sure she never feels regret for allowing the situation to unfold.

    Please do not take the things that I've said as a form of encouragement or endorsement to marrying her. All that I have said above is based on experience alone. A much wiser and recommended approach is to reach out to a qualified Shaykh and ask him for advice.

    In my experience, in these situations, it is always better for the one who's parents limit him/her to marrying their own people, to find a suitable partner from their own culture. There is no need to go looking from someone outside the country if it will cause such drama within the family. With exception to very religious people, you should be able to find another person just as suitable in your own country instead of looking elsewhere. However, that is easier said than done and I know it is always hard to find that right person to marry that will also please parents and let's not forget, the mahr….

    Alhamdulilah, your parents seem to be cool and relaxed with regards to marrying people outside their own culture. In this instance, you should have an easier time moving on if you choose to move on. As with her, please think of the bigger picture, open up your mind and see what you're really thinking about. Are you only thinking about yourself? Are you only concerned about marrying her and that's it without any regards to how she might feel? Are you thinking about the difficult situation she is in? etc

    May Allah (SWT) grant you two what is best in this life and the Hereafter. Ameen.

  4. Brother shabs pray istikhara and if you already have then this is guidance from Allah almighty. As the ayah of the quraan says "you may dislike a thing that is good for and like a thing that is bad for you"