Thursday, January 26, 2012
Behind Every Victory
Assalamualaikum wrt wbt
I apologise for my earlier emotional outbursts. I know, the past few posts have been all about emotion, and not many are able to relate to them. But from those post, you can basically guess what state I am in at the moment. For my brothers reading, this is basically the lives of us females. We think and think some more. And as we think, emotions come crashing the 'party', changing the whole atmosphere into a melancholy themed 'celebration'.
My writing today will be about a Surah that has given a huge impact on me. This Surah is a very short and simple Surah from the Quran.
Have you ever been in the state of total numbness, where some things you've been repeatedly doing your whole life somehow or rather doesn't affect you any more. When something is done repeatedly, it becomes a routine, and if you don't start thinking about it, or if others don't remind you of it's importance, it slowly becomes a 'step' in life that no longer involves any connection between your actions with your heart or mind. You do it without thinking, and it doesn't effect you as it should. Well this was me.
I remember reading this Surah numerous times during my prayers. Surah An Nasr that only consists of 3 short ayats, but holds a deep deep meaning.
I was pointed out and reminded of this Surah a couple of weeks back. And I had an epiphany.
If you look at its meanings:
1. When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest,
2. And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes,
3. Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.
THIS, ofkos made me think. Yes, thinking again. As the sister was telling us about victory, and how we should rate something a victory in life, how we should appreciate it and how to intelligently deal with it, I was thinking to myself.
Being in this state of unconscious mind, you think back on the times you have read this Surah, but didn't bother to find out it's meaning. In this Surah, Allah reminds us of the victories He has given us. Even though this Surah was about Fathul Makkah, all the things in the Quran are for our reflection, reminders to our own lives. And Allah did mention how fortunate it is to be among those who take example from the Quran.
In life, we come upon times where the joy of being happy creeps into our lives. We fight hard for the things we want, we strive and strive for excellence. Although the journey to achieve a goal is a long and winding one, but Allah will reward us with small yet very meaningful self accomplishments.
We know what our final goal is in life and afterlife. But let us talk about our accomplishments here on earth. Every single time when we feel great, where you laugh and jump for joy with the success you get, do you reflect on where these successes come from?
I remember this Surah always popping into my head during Solat. Again and again I unconsciously read it. And since two weeks ago, I didn't realise that it was Allah's way of actually reminding me. Subtly, He reminds us in every single thing we do. It is up to us whether to take notice or not.
He is reminding me the right way to be grateful. In this Surah, Allah tells us to be thankful and ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness. Why? Shouldnt we be happy with what Allah has given us? But we forget that even accomplishments in life can be tests of Iman.
Some people forget Him when all is well. Most people only remember Him when things are tough. Let us not be this way. Too many success can also lead you astray. Which is why sometimes, we need to fall to understand the meaning of hardship. We need to fail to appreciate success. We need to feel pain to fathom the meaning of peace and love.
So never give up with the things He puts in front of you. Because Allah has promised victory to those who are faithful to Him. Whatever happens in your life is there for a reason. Every jump, every step and every fall.
One of the things people forget when rewarded with victory, is the fact that we will be asked on the day of Judgement, how we used this victory Allah has given to help Islam, to help mankind in the quest of making everyone bow down to Allah. So the victories that come our way also comes with a huge responsibility. Let us not forget this.
Usually, when I write every post, there will always be a special theme song. I write whilst listening to the melody over and over again. This post was written in dedication to this instrumental below. Do listen. It will make you aware of ur feelings even more. Enjoy