Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Verily, Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it. ..."
                                                                                                      Surat Al Baqarah: 26.

The tafseer of the above mentioned verse of The Holy Quran is very vast and several lessons have been derived from it. But one of those lessons struck me more than the rest, probably because it is the one I mostly try to avoid. When it was here, in the Words of Allah, giving His own example, it was too strong a lesson to overlook.

                                   NEVER SHY AWAY FROM THE TRUTH.

Previously, I thought Godly Attributes were not for humans to aim for. Until I came across Imam Al-Ghazali's book '99 Names of Allah'. In it he briefly describes the characteristics associated with each of Allah's 99 Blessed Names and how we can adopt some of those characteristics in our limited human capacities. 

Shying away from mentioning the truth is something I find myself doing ever so often. There are innumerable excuses I could list for different occasions where I couldn't muster up the courage to say the truth, which I knew of. From the little I have learnt from my usatazas, I do know that my no.1 excuse has always been completely invalid i.e "They will not accept it".  Why most of us fall in falsehood is because of our ignorance, if some of us have been given the blessing of knowledge it is our duty, not an option, to convey it regardless of its acceptance or rejection. My perception of their reactions is only but a display of shallowness of my faith. If an unbelieving man who set out with a naked sword to end the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him)  ended up having good deeds equal to the number of stars in the sky, because someone dared to stop him midway to inform him of the truth. How can you and I, expect any less of a fellow believing Muslim? When we were astray and Allah sent along the learned to help us out of it.

In fact, my shying away from the truth always has to do with what I fear to be their reaction towards me, rather than what I have said.

What I think will happen if I advise my friends against backbiting.

What I fear will happen.

What  really might happen.

What I sadly end up doing. (No more inshaAllah.)

P.S I'm far from good myself. I was feeling guilty for not sharing anything from what I have been learning these past few weeks. May Allah Help us all in becoming the true reflections of His Commands and Attributes. Amen :)