“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.” Rumi

Friday, November 8, 2013

Find the divine around you, in you....

I felt so serene while watching this video. The apparent sincerity in the host's voice is so soothing and of course the message he conveys is very inspiring. While I was watching, I wondered why isn't this message clear and present in the minds of many Muslims I know. Why didn't most of us grasp this same message while reading our holy book Qur'an. Why didn't we do our best to showcase this other yet forgotten aspect of our holy book: beautiful verses inciting believers to seek for knowledge, to learn from the beauty of nature, to be present and do not worry about what went or what is yet t o come. Why do we only see Qur'an as a book of DO and Do not, heaven and hell? while it is a beautiful inspiring piece of wisdom and art.
I do not want to go through any socio-political explanation here..All I want to say is that Qur'an is worth reading and rereading. It calls for love of nature, love of life, love of humans, love of knowledge, love of God, love...simply love.
But then again, some hearts do indeed need to find the secret code of their locks, to unchain and appreciate the beauty of the words of God.      
"أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا"

"Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?"

Surat Muĥammad :24


Here, some verses that hopefully can help you decide to give yourself another chance, and explore the Qur'an with wondering eyes, without prejudgment.
Then do they not look at the camels - how they are created? And at the sky - how it is raised?And at the mountains - how they are erected?

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) :17. 18. 19

No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being - indeed that, for Allah , is easy -
In order that you not despair over what has eluded you and not exult [in pride] over what He has given you. And Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful -

Surat Al-Ĥadīd (The Iron) : 22. 23

So remind
 you are only a reminder.
You are not over them a controller.

Surat Al-Ghāshiyah (The Overwhelming) : 21. 22


And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein

Surat Qāf (The Letter "Qaf") : 16

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) : 186