Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Food For Thought.

This Sunday I thought I should spend a little time on the house; give it a coat of paint, pull out the brushes and scrub away the marks that were placed from the stains from everyday use.

I managed to sand paper one door (honestly, it was hard. It had six panes of glass) after which I could here my stomach talking to me. It was nearly four o clock and I hadn't eaten anything all day.

We had some visitors over so mum had made some samosas and Bhajias (don't ask the English for that, because I have no idea). Nevertheless, I had to wait until the visitors had finished so that I could have my fair share (I was starving by now).

Finally, it was about five thirty when I did get my hands on two samosas and one Bhajia, but I sure wasn't complaining; I was glad to get anything down my throat.

I put the samosa in my mouth, and "crunch"... I stopped, looked down in horror, and I realised it was, unbelievably, VEGETABLE samosa. Yes, the shock of the moment, images of the peas staring me in my face, and rumbling noise coming from the direction of my stomach.

I don't have anything against vegetable samosas as such, I just prefer meat ones. So, I thought, 'what difference does it make?' and continued pleasing my stomach with the samosa.

For all those that want to know, I made up for it all at dinner time.

As usual, there is a point... Not one, but two points... Isn't that the purpose of life, to live and learn?

Point 1 - Cleaning.

It's amazing, how we can see the dirt and stains on the doors, windows, cars and table but we fail to see what marks the daily filth leaves on our heart.

Just as the dirt on the table and chair are removed with tap water, so must the filth upon the heart be removed with water... But this water is the water of the eyes... Our tears.

Sincere repentance and will power to stay away from those things that gather filth upon our heart is essential. Just as how we cannot live in a house full of dirt and filth, how can we expect the Al-Mighty to be in a filthy heart?

Point 2 - Hunger and Appreciation.

Alhumdulillah, Allah has blessed us enough that we have enough food for the day. We do not even have to worry about the food for the week to follow let alone worry about the provision for the next meal time.

However, not everyone is fortunate as us; there are some people who do not even have half a meal a day. In fact, there are some people that die due to hunger and starvation.

These are our brothers and sisters, suffering and dying, while we are here over-eating and wasting food. The pain and suffering of hunger can only be known by that person who has been starving, maybe for even three or four days without any food.

Should we not be grateful towards our Creator who has made us fortunate enough to be living in such great conditions? Should we not show Him our obedience for what He has given us?

May Allah give us all the inclination to remember our brothers and sisters in our Du'aa and to realise the importance of the blessings showered upon us by Allah Ta'ala. May He give us the understanding not to waste what we have been given and the strength to follow His path so that we can keep our hearts clean enough so that non other than the love and Allah and His Prophet is contained within. Aameen.

12 comments:

Saj said...

Aameen!!!

once again a great post with great points, Masha'Allah.

Jazak'Allahu Khairan Katheera...

Wassalam

mariah said...

Ameeen. yeap truely a great post as saj said, left me pondering for long...

thanx for reminder. :)

ws

mujahidah an nafs said...

Salam,

lol, to the first half of the post..

The second half,is where it got me thinkin like sis mariah..
Lifes short... gota mke the most of the time we have in rememberance of the allmighty and his beluvd rasool..

Wassalam

BTW, bhajia is translated in2 english as Pakora!:)

Zain said...

Salaams.

Jazakallah for the comments Sis Saj and Mariah.

May this reminder develop further to become an action. Aameen.

Indeed we have to remember how important it is to remember Allah and His Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and create a bond of love.

Jazakallah for the English translation for 'Bhajia'. I always thought that 'Pakora' was an indian thing too.

Wasalaam

Mariah said...

naah pakora pronounced pakorre is paki lingo :p

so you get ur doors done then? jus curious as to howhard working you are...

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah sister Mariah for the further clafication. lol.

The effort to clean the house is still on. Loads of sand-papering and painting is left. Though, this "spring-cleaning" does not really concern me due to the other cleaning that is in process, the cleaning of my heart and desires.

Make Du'aa that Allah aids me in my efforts to clean my heart and accepts me before He realeases the angel of death above my head.

Wasalaam.

mujahidah an nafs said...

Ameen.

Abdul Rehman said...

AA

The English for 'Bhajias' is Onion Bhajis. You get a lot of white folk asking for them in takeaways nowadays.

Great post brother, very deep. Ameen to the duas.

stumbler on the path of sulook said...

as salaamu alaikum brother

Masha Allah it's seems to me ( within my limited understanding ) that perhaps you are on the path of sulook ( aren't we all though! ). For we can find Allah Ta'ala in EVERY aspect of of our lives - if only we looked.

If only we took the time to look we will see that Allah Azza wajal WILL manifest His Greatness to us, through His Creation...If...only...we...looked....searched.

We WILL find Him. He IS there, Has ALWAYS BEEN there, waiting for us...Imagine! He who is The Creator and Lord of EVERYTHING...waits for us.

How Merciful is He!How Patient is He! How Tolerant is He! and how arrogant and obstinate are we!

How blinded we have become! We look but don't SEE! Allah has created the ENTIRE creation for our service, but we are created for HIS worship! It's our DUTY to look at the creation of Allah and ponder on His Greatness, if we don't we are FOOLS! and indeed I AM a FOOL!

How can I not ponder! The Vast universe, the sun , the moon , the stars and all creation benefit whom? Me! Do I ever thank Allah?? Have I ever admired the creation of Allah? How dare I ever feel proud, Astaghfirullah! A dog is more virtuous than me, for it serves it's master, even if the master ill treats him...I disobey Allah my MASTER day-in day-out and yet MY MASTER , Allah Ta'ala STILL SHOWERS me with blessings, He STILL conceals my ungratefulness and my pride. Plz make Dua for my Islaah Insha Allah. I really need Duas.

Oh My Allah, Become Ours, and make us YOURS! Ameen

stumbler on the path of sulook said...

Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) stated that Allah said:

“I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him.”

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Indeed we are all on the path of Sulook. For it is the name of the reformation of the heart.

May Allah forgive us all, turn a blind eye to our shortcomings and grant us His eternal love and Jannah.

Aameen.

Wasalaam

Kidinme said...

ameen :-)