Journey of Faith
Look up again.
Behold the Moon ? the Beacon of the Night sky.
Much much smaller than the Sun.
Much much nearer to us than the Sun.
Yet placed in the sky so magically, that it appears to the eye, almost the equal size of the Sun.
Have you ever wondered whose Hands had placed the Moon there, perfectly positioned, neither suspended nor supported.
Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah!), the Master creator and the perfect in Judgement.
The moon is a dark desolate place, giving out no light of its own. It merely reflects the light of the Glorious resplendent Sun. Facts that all of us surely know. But have you sought the deeper meaning behind these mysterious creations of Allah?
Why do you not think? [al-qur’an]
Man is Allah’s creation, created in His own image.
From man emerges intelligence, beauty, strength and understanding, and other Glorious Resplendent Sifat of Allah.
Like the moon that merely reflects the Sun’s glory, Man simply reflects Allah’s greatness and Oneness. Not man’s own abilities!
But Man then forgets!
Man believes that it is he who is intelligent; he forgets that the knowledge he possesses is the knowledge of Allah. Allah is to be praised, not Man himself! But Man seeks praise, and like Iblis, becomes arrogant and is cursed by Allah.
Man believes that it is he who is rich; he forgets that the wealth he possesses is the wealth of Allah. Allah is to be praised, not Man himself! But man seeks praise, and like Iblis, becomes arrogant and is cursed by Allah.
Man believes that it is he who is beautiful; he forgets that the beauty he possesses is the beauty of Allah. Allah is to be praised, not Man himself! But man seeks praise, and like Iblis, becomes arrogant and cursed by Allah!
Oh Man! Oh insan ( which means the forgetful one)!
Have you forgotten that without the Sun, there is no Moon to be seen in the night sky? Have you forgotten that the Moon itself has no light?
It is the light of the Sun! Have you forgotten?
Without the gifts from Allah, nothing shines from you! There is no goodness in you, only that given by Allah! Without the mercy of Allah, you would be no better than an animal!
Do you not see that the Moon shows the existence of the Sun, although we cannot see the Sun at night? Similarly, it is through Man that Allah shows us His greatness, although we cannot see Him in dunya.
Have you forgotten that the Moon itself has a dark side, that always faces away from earth? Have you been lost in pride and arrogance as you see the radiant light coming forth from your face (your own good deeds) that you fail to see your dark side and repent ” Oh insan”.
You, Oh Man, own nothing! You are but a proud, ungrateful beggar!! For all the greatness, power, wealth, glory, and knowledge belongs to Allah, and he has placed a small portion in you to TEST YOU! Will you claim that the Light is yours?
Or will you say ? “no, this light is from He who has showered me in His blessings, truly I am helpless, and it is Allah who is Truly Good and Great.”
Do not walk on this earth with pride. For you are but a borrower of Allah’s gifts!
As surely as the night ends, this worldly life will also end.
And as the Moon sets, surely too Man will die.
And as surely as the sun will rise, Judgement Day will rise.
Will you not then take heed?
Say “La ila ha illallah” with real understanding (not mere translation)!
Ilaha (of the greatness and goodness and Godly gifts in me, belong to me)
Illallah (except that they ALL belong to ALLAH and He alone).
And then you have become a true believer.
Allah says, ” I created Man in My own image.”
Will you not then understand? [al-qur’an]