Something to think about
BismiLlah Al Rahman Al Rahim,
I’m going to make some publicity here. Vimeo is the best video site on the web. If you’re looking for some high quality videos this is the site to visit: it’s confined to people in the filmmaking business: guaranteed quality and appreciation. (Of course there are some members who have no clue how to make a video but far less than youtube users.)
Every now and then, the Vimeo staff picks videos. And here’s one I came across: “A Mystery: Why can’t we walk straight?”
It’s very interesting: blind folded people will walk in circles no matter what they do. Without a guide they’re bound to be lost.
One can’t help but think about that: what about one who puts a veil on his inner vision? his basira? Instead of going on the straight path, they go astray… Physically, to walk straight we need a sun, a moon. Spiritually, we need God (swt) and His Messenger (pbuh) i.e. to follow the Book and the Sunnah.
يَهْدِي بِهِ اللّهُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ رِضْوَانَهُ سُبُلَ السَّلاَمِ وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنِ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (Al Maidah, 5:16)
وَالَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا صُمٌّ وَبُكْمٌ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ مَن يَشَإِ اللّهُ يُضْلِلْهُ وَمَن يَشَأْ يَجْعَلْهُ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
But those who deny Our verses are deaf and dumb within darknesses. Whomever Allah wills – He leaves astray; and whomever He wills – He puts him on a straight path. (Al An’am, 6:39)
Sobhanna Allah. May God put us on the straight path, take us out from the darknesses into the light.
No wonder we read the Fatihah in every prayer… اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ (Guide us to the straight path)