In the middle of a dull seemingly never-ending noon while boredom drove me nuts I invited myself to my next-door neighborhood,when their little girl ( Who’s hardly 6 years of age, and calls me BAJI) came to ours conveying a message her mother had sent to mine! I asked her to get a cup of tea and snacks ready as I’ll be soon at her place sipping a cup of tea and nibbling on the goodies they are gonna serve me with. So, I got out of my bed, put on my slippers and followed her to her place. Upon reaching there, I seated myself comfortably on a couch, cross-legged, waiting desperately for them to fetch the tea and edibles.
As I waited my gaze lurked around every nook and cranny of the room I sat in; as I was not in a mood to do the talking at all. In the meanwhile, a 10 year old kid caught my eye (the youngest male member of that family), he was hurriedly advancing to the other room with A KURTA SHALWAR slung over his shoulder. His elder sister was uttering something to him, which with a little contemplation I could interpret as her requesting him not to change his T-shirt and jeans again for the 3rd time in the same day… It was at this instant that this happening grabbed my interest.I got curious why would he want to put on his KURTA SHALWAR at this time of the day? And what has his attire got to do with his WALLY WEST instincts?
But my query was unanswered till after dressing up in his KURTA SHALWAR he bolted for the exit , disappearing from the range of my vision…..leaving me in a daze, where he was going to, with such alacrity. Just then I heard the AZAAN being called from a nearby mosque. With a bit reflection, I was cognisant of the fact that the MOAZZAN was not a grown-up, distinctly it was somebody with his pre-puberty voice forcing his larynx to let out the words of AZAAN from the little opening on his face and this was the same voice that has been saying the AZAAN since the last couple of days (it somehow sounded familiar tome, though I am not that kind of a person who listens to AZAAN every time unless I don’t have any other business to attend to). In my pursuit of recognizing the voice I was suddenly startled_ as it dawned on me it’s the same 10 year old I just saw departing …. I listened to COMPLETE words of-AZAAN this time, and then I turned to his AMMI, asking her if it was Him who just said the AZAAN… She nodded..a “yes” that meant! I further inquired was it him too at Fajr, at Zuhr?? Again an assertive response…. I could clearly witness the pride in her gesture. Not flaunting her upbringing of her children, of course! But a sense of honour a Muslim feels (*Conditions apply=your heart mustn’t be dead to detect that) when he sees all his family members taking up SALAH as part and parcel of their daily life events.
This short incident struck me so hard, for a minute or so I was completely taken over by emptiness– too numb and lost to pay notice to my surroundings(although the tea for which I had come there had been served somewhere between my stage of trance). As I stepped back into the world regaining my senses, this whole weird experience I had just gone through, had deemed me so small and insignificant before that kid. I’m Not exaggerating, Trust me, my whole existence was too belittled in my very own eyes, I couldn’t lift my head up fora while . I so despised myself at that time, for all I had coveted for a couple of minutes back was some refreshment to refuel my body, did I really had a plan of feeding my soul at that point,Nay..! . I had not even troubled my “auditory faculty” for perceiving clearly the WORDS OF AZAAN ever since he has been calling it. Woe is me!! The least I bothered observing ever was that the soprano voice was in some way identifiable to my ears, never considering it essential enough to concentrate, repeat and verbalize the words of AZAAN which I guess is an act liked and recommended by Our Prophet (S.A.W. ). Without further procrastination, let me now come to the point: this wee moment was quite disparaging as I was pretty moved at the realization that If a little child could feel the responsibility laid upon his shoulders by His lord, being mindful of his Prayers and performing them all, if he could get up early in the morning with such high spirits to MAKE A CALL OF AZAAN to the sleepyheads like us (who never consider their SALAH worth waking up for)…why don’t I do the same?
As I probed into the underlying reasons for the difference between us two, all I could initially reckon was; maybe it’s all about setting the right priorities and preferences in our lives. We don’t aim at living our lives “THE ISLAM WAY”, as it appears a way-out mode of living in these modern times. Instead we decide on living the “In –way-of-life” (i.e.following our lusts and ill-desires ),for a life that is slowly nearing its end, where we are too mesmerized and spellbound by the ostentatious, glossy effects and showy displays around ,too awed and fascinated by the spurious strength of people who are in this world superior to us( in terms of wealth, status, education etc,), too captivated by our vain desires hence often indulging ourselves in falsehood(Be it false speech, sight, thoughts, deeds etc ).
“The life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. “(57:20)
Just because “lewdness” in all doings is the “new-thing” , we don’t feel least bit hesitant using foul language for our fellow beings , watching and listening to stuff which is forbidden just to derive short-lived pleasure and fleeting delight which once ended leaves one in remorse and regret and nothing more, pulling nasty gags on our mates that too for the sake of fun not realizing how Islam prohibits such doings and (its rather on purpose that) we don’t use our heads to refrain from such wicked deeds, and much more..and one who puts constraints on his tongue, mind,eyes, ears and other organs from committing any such indecent and vulgar act is rendered “old-fashioned and boring”.
If u belong to the latter class, you may testify to having heard this time and again from your so-called lively friends..: “you’re such a drag!Get some life yar !! blah blah blah” ….I,d like to ask all such self-deluded-full-of-vitality-dinglings(who simply assume, that they abound with, in fact are overflowing with vigor and verve and are doing full justice with this transient phase we call “life” (before reaching their final-destination AKHIRAH (i.e.our eternal life))…. Does liveliness come from VULGARITY in thinking, watching, speaking, acting etc???
ALLAH SWT says in Quran:
“O YOU who have attained to faith! No men shall deride [other] men: it may well be that those[whom they deride] are better than themselves; and no women [shall deride other] women: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than themselves. And neither shall you defame one another, nor insult one another by[opprobrious] epithets/nicknames: evil is all imputation of iniquity after [one has attained to] faith; and they who [become guilty thereof and] do not repent- it is they, they who are evildoers!” (49:11)
“You will be held accountable for your hearing , sight and the faculty of reasoning ” (17:36)
“And who is more astray than the one who follows his own lusts; without guidance from ALLAH” (28:50)
So the next time you feel the urge to scoff at somebody consuming your superb nasty-words-vocabulary, or feel like speaking out your dirty-mind and filthy ideas , or tormenting your poor eyes with sinful/lustful watch, or your ears with haram stuff etc…. Remember how ridiculous and unreasonable such an act is, and you’re doing no harm to anyone, but only exposing your inward-hideousness!(I don’t blame you, No wonder its tempting, its totally human to have an inclination for evil, there’s a reason practicing the western ways has become a fad amongst our youngsters!!!…But no worries! My prognosis tells me a little “spiritual guidance “ is all we need to amend our sinful ways . And In ShaaAllah this “sin-till-you-die because YOLO trend”which right now is so ubiquitous in our society, shall stand no longer).
To eliminate all immoral and loathsome acts, the treatment plan begins as follows : At first we have to take-up SALAH Forevermore and never give it up, this would hamper us from complying with the satanic cravings of our dark side, only then can we proceed to the next steps… You might be thinking, (In what manner ) Does Salah help in alleviating and nullifying lewdness?
“Recite that which hath been inspired in thee of the Scripture, and establish SALAH. Lo! worship protects from lewdness and iniquity, but verily remembrance of Allah is more important. And Allah knows what ye do.”(29:45)
“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their modesty. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.”(24:30)
“Then, there came after them a generation who gave up Salah and followed lusts; so they will be thrown in Hell.” (Quran 19: 59)
It’s all written there in QURAN and Sunnah, we just need to “Reflect and act”!!
We frequently find ourselves edgy and distressed(despite our pretty much contentment with our sinful ways), why is that so?? …The answer is simple…with our terribly awful ways, we all end up getting trapped and lost in a world that is “mortal” and undoubtedly a“deception”.. The emotional stir we come across every now and then can be ascribed to our grave disregard for our religious obligations. … we hardly manage to spare some time out of our busy monotonous everyday routine for our SALAH, which I suppose probably causes this agitation, though a number of people,(deliberately) would hold a different view (that I wud refer to their“escaping the reality”)! So, I would advise, when under such circumstances,seek refuge in ALLAH only, if you ever get a chance to give this point some consideration, you may grasp the profound connotation this verse conveys!
“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”(13:28)
Our death approaches us with each passing second, (and although we are fully aware of this hard reality that none can evade death,) we still do nothing for our life hereafter. I daresay this would ultimately drag us nowhere but to HELL-fire(Boy, how desperate we are to be among the dwellers of jahannum. Seriously there’s already enough FUEL in hell without our contribution in it and sufficient room for newcomers too . So, I suppose there’s definitely no need to put strain on our fragile-dumb-selves in following the dumb-depraved-majority,for making jahannum our final-destination. With such gruesome ways we can’t make it to Jannah anyway, unless we attain a pure and sincere heart at least if not a spotless character)…
Tragedy is that We can wake up all night long dedicating ourselves to the tasks we have been allotted by our college instructors,watching movies, partying etc but never for praying..We simply follow , deranged-show-offs all around us blindly setting dumb trends thus drifting far away from our Deen. But, The sad part of the story is that , we are too bad at this copying stuff too, with an outcome of us living as the biggest phony’s and fakers, too shackled in the intricacy of a lifestyle that is so lame, barely getting a chance for our self-evaluation ,( and this continues till we finally die )..But for how long can we hold up this life of pretense? …We are bit by bit turning into people that have no identity as an Ummah and no individuality as a Nation, we are losing grip over our uniqueness as individual beings even.
There’s this proverb in Urdu I’ve always liked “ KAWWA CHALA HANS KI CHAAL APNI CHAAL BHI BHUL GYA”.. That truly goes out for us gullible numbskulls (Pakistani Naujawan) who are too taken in by the artificiality that prevails in our society…..“Doom and devastation” is all we are leading our lives toward, a point we must all ponder upon! I usually meet up a number of people who have a conflict with my opinion concerning this issue, for those I can prove my point with some examples (Let me quote one of the Trifles as its more convenient to relate such instances to our own lives, as almost everybody of us experiences this quite often)…e.g. when feeling low we prefer pluggin in earphones listening to songs with lyrics that motivate or further sadden us,or Texting a friend whom we consider our well-wisher and most close to us and Away with all the glumness, —-Oh, waah! Kya jadugar friends we have got, No? They make us dump away allour worries in a flash—–Forgetting the fact that who could be more near to us than our ALLAH, As its mentioned in The Quranic scripture, “We are nearer to him than his jugular vein(50:16)”, (and SALAH is the best-connection between ALLAH and His slave).
I wish If only we could trust and prostrate to ALLAH for everything, and every time we are afflicted with a trial, and run towards Him just like that child did, how wonderful could life turn out to be?? But then I had another thought coming, Maybe when he reaches his youth he would grow up into somebody exactly like me, more concerned about his other aspects of life preferring the worldly matters over his DEEN,maybe the only difference between him and me Now, is that he’s not as mature as me as yet, he’s well aware and conscious of the fact that ALLAH loves him loads and He is the One Who aids him in every difficulty and adversity he confronts, he’s still innocent enough in entrusting all his affairs to his LORD, he doesn’t question his Lords love for him when a trial befalls him like I do, he’s still in some way expressing his gratitude and returning his Love for his LORD through his little good deeds)…Sounds Queer, but I just hit upon this reality that a 10 year old imp ( I would refer to him as that because he actually is a “Jinx” in the world outside my story) had actually had such a huge impact on me!!
( I think am getting too far in this speech:P….Now, going back to where I began). After that I went back home and headed straight for WUZOO and offered my SALAH, refusing all the ill-feelings I had at the moment developed for myself. I felt relieved as if in the form of SALAH I had discovered a medium to vent all my ill-emotions..that’s when I decided to be like that kid, and attempt to be punctual in performing my obligatory prayers (and yes, Mind you, I don’t tend to portray myself as a highly religious sort. I’m a regular person rather a highly-willful slave of ALLAH, with an awful lot of sins in “the book of my life” I,v authored so far( with my wrongdoings being the major-part), that right now tells me to stop being so overly-sensitive regarding this topic. So, let me make it clear to you, it was simply a little-resolution I,d made to myself for my life to come. I may not have the will-power to persevere, but still why not give it a try; a little effort won’t hurt me!
Besides these few possible conjectures I had come up with another conclusion about what else keeps me and others alike from following our religion?? .. (As this question arose) I again peeked into the details of the obstacles that stop us from offering our DAILY SALAH. Just then I was able to figure out the root-cause behind, that it’s the parents on whom ALLAH has put the responsibility of endowing their children with basic religious education with all their resources and energy, and esp educating them to offer their SALAH regularly as a preliminary step in their duty towards ALLAH. Hence, what their children grow up into as adult Muslims totally depends on how they bring their children up. It’s the children’s right over their parents that they endeavor with full might in grooming-up a generation that can discern all good from evil, submission from transgression, all that is permissible from that which is forbidden, obligation from innovation,will-power from Nafs, and who are totally capable of acknowledging their Islamic roots, are steadfast in their faith, who stick with their Islamic ways and feel pride in practicing their Religion—- and thus in this way contributing their bit in defending their religion,thwarting to some extent the factors which are playing their part in the establishment of an ISLAM-FREE world.. ameliorating the debilitating state and (ultimately) intensifying the strength of Muslim-ummah worldwide. So, it’s in someway the fault of the parents who overlook this vital aspect of equipping their children with necessary ISLAMIC knowledge, if their children don’t offer their daily SALAH and are enslaved by their irrational whims and caprices.
P.S. LUCKY ARE THE PARENTS WHOS CHILDREN ARE PUNCTUAL IN THEIR OBLIGATORY PRAYERS, because to me
SALAH appears, “the first step in the escalator to JANNAH, the milestone in attaining a pure, impregnable EEMAN and a speckless, strong CHARACTER.!” In the end, I would put forward a little suggestion for all the people my age , “all it takes to be a Good Muslim is a little Fight with the devils inside, coercing our evil-selves into offering our SALAH regularly. It’s apparently a petty ingredient in developing resistance to the desires of our NAFS; but trust me, it’s the simplest yet strongest form of JIHAD we can afford at the moment, (and U got to believe me SALAH work wonders in elevating ones status before his LORD, so don’t you ever underestimate the strength of your SALAH). With our MOLECULAR-BONDED SHIELD (SALAH i.e. our “24-hour-protection-from-all-evil”), slowly we shall make ourselves the ruler over our NAFS, curbing all our demons and becoming invincible to all evil coming our way .…. and off we shall go to JANNAH INSHAALLAH…”
(SALAH 5 times a day = all the evil stays away, and if your intentions are pure, direct access to jannah u may score :D )