How wondrous it is that a diamond is buried deep amongst a sea of rocks. Only through the intensity of its environment and the strength of its endurance could this magnificent stone be carved into an stone with beauty and strength in equal measure. Yet, when buried beneath the earth, a diamond is no different from any of its neighbours. Each are composed of the same carbon, endure the same pressure, and face the same obscurity with the earth’s core. Without light, a glistening diamond is just another rock within a sea of darkness. It is only when the rocks are dug up that their true nature is revealed; the diamond glistens in the light of the sun whilst the others are left undesired and worthless.
This is the parable of human existence. Each of us face the same trials and tribulations in the furnace of this world. How we react to them carves the very reality of our being; a reality only realised in the light of the divine.
(20) Truly you [people] love this fleeting world (21) and neglect the life
to come. (22) On that Day there will be radiant faces, (23) looking towards
their Lord, (24) and on that Day there will be the sad and despairing
faces (25) of those who realize that a great calamity is about to befall
[Al-Qiyaamah: 75: 10-25]
That day, when death takes us all, we are brought to stand bare before our Lord. Only those who believed and did good deed will shine like diamonds; forged into perfection by the years of trials in the kiln of life. Those women and men will glisten magnificently in the divine light before all of creation “like rubies and brilliant pearls”, carried to the gardens and palaces to a life of luxury and ease – such is the extravagance a diamond deserves.
(58) Like rubies and brilliant pearls…
(60) Shall the reward of good be anything but good? (61) Which, then,
of your Lord’s blessings do you both deny?
[Al-Rahman 55: 58-61]
But those who wasted this world will come unprepared; their bodies unable to reflect the light of the divine. Like the remainder of the rocks, darkness overcomes them as they are cast aside into the shadows they chose. These men cannot absorb the divine majesty because of the barrier they created themselves, and like the furnaces in which the rocks of this world are cast into, so too will these men be discarded from the divine, used as nothing more than fuel to alight the fires of hell.
Believers, guard yourselves and your families against a Fire
fuelled by people and stones, over which stand angels, stern and
strong; angels who never disobey God’s commands to them, but do
as they are ordered
The Kalaam Cosmological Argument – argued by Imam Ghazali over 900 years ago. A logical and irrefutable proof for the existence of God. Till today, no one has disproved it. All they do is postulate other theories…
This particular video explains it in a more empirical fashion, using the observations around us. I prefer the logical proof which breaks each premise down to show how they must be true, but its much more complicated to explain
Now, who said belief in Allah was irrational?
More detailed explanation
Perhaps one of the most powerful thing I’ve read in a while. So much of it resonates deeply as each of us go through our own struggles and tribulations. May Allah preserve and increase the writer and all those struggling with their own difficulties. Ameen!
Originally posted on thegatesofparadise:
‘God is manifest, the veil is with us.’
I was diagnosed with Depression in October 2012. It took a severe form which left me unable to leave my bed for 6 months at a time. I denied anything was really wrong even through this debilitating period. After a lengthy healing process which included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Depression Alliance Group meetings, I saw that I had had a tussle with something tangible and spiritually invasive. I believe coming out at the other side (although I’m not quite there completely) is and perhaps always will be my proudest achievement. I regained the will to live.
I was unable to to be productive or ‘strive’. Unable to envision changes, set goals or grow in the conventional sense. I was paralyzed by almost every meaning of the word. My love for my family and friends evaporated, any concern for my own well being disappeared. Instead I lived…
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“The aspirant needs four things:
1) A luxurious mount,
2) An expansive house,
3) A fine garment, and
4) A radiant lamp.
The luxurious mount is patience; the expansive house, intelligence; the fine garment, modesty and piety; and the radiant lamp, knowledge that benefits.
My counsel to you is to uphold oaths, allegiances and promises. Guard the door and the remembrance of Allah in every circumstance. Conceal poverty and sit with the truth, by the tongue of truth, on the path of truth until you arrive at the Truth by the Truth, if Allah so wills, and He is the Exalted. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.”
- Ibn Khafif
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