Friday, September 25, 2009
The eye of the beholder
I thought up this whole post I was going to do about health care reform after the Presidents speech, then Baccus introduced his bill and everything went into the crapper. So in essence, I'm going to post about sh*tcare when I'm comfortably numb and semi comatose.
Moving on. Today was Jummah, Friday prayers for those of you who don't know is like the Muslim holy day of the week. So I went and listened to the khutbah or lecture, and I had a freaking epiphany. There's a very well known tradition set down by the Prophet where he said basically, paraphrasing, find 1000 excuses for your brother. ie when someone comes over later then they said they would instead of your first instinct being to rail against them, find excuses for them. If someone hurts you, thank them for the pain that they caused you because it was actually god's will and there is a lesson that could be learnt from it. Basically find the positive aspects in those around you and appreciate them for the contrast that they have provided in your life. This wasn't actually what the khutbah was about, I zoned out for that but this thought just came to me :).
The Khutbah, the part I was cognizant for, was about how God said, 'I am what my servant thinks I am'. If you think God is compassionate and loves you ten thousand times more than a mother loves her newborn, then that is what God'll b for ya! On the other hand if you believe that God is vengeful and spiteful, then that too is what God'll be for ya. It's all about how YOU percieve God, I really do love how Islam is so personal. It's really just about YOU and YOUR relationship to God. Noone can decide for you nor be able to tell you how to express it. So if you percieve God as your best friend, looking out for you and always doing what's best for you, then wouldn't life be absolutely wonderful?? Think about it, when your on a rollercoaster and your plummeting downwards, isn't it exhilirating and terrifying and amazing all at the same time?? Don't people go on those rides for that feeling? Life is supposed to be like that, there are ups and downs but when you know that your always going to come back up in the end then life is exhilirating! It is so worth LIVING!! When you have trust that God's got your back, through all of it, then there is nothing to fear for all of your trust is in the Supreme. Speaking of which, as a Muslim, it is a tenet of our faith to have absolute trust in God! There are so many people who look at their problems and are acrambling for a way out when all they have to do is trust that all will be well, that when the time comes an answer will be provided. How many times has something not gone right and then something even better opens up down the road? Personally for me, MANY times.For how can one percieve light without ever experiencing darkness?
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