Why do we believe the things that we believe?

Belief.

It is something all of us have and it comes in many forms, shapes and sizes.

Belief can be in the form of religion i.e. structured practices like in Christianity and Islam, it can also be in the less structured form of Atheism.

Belief can also be in the form of types of governance i.e. democracy, communism, socialism and the like.

It can also be in the less defined form such as believing in the powers of the mind, certain conspiracy theories and so on.

But, have we ever stop to question our beliefs and why we believe in them?

For example, have we ever questioned our religion and the aspects of the religion? Have we every questioned why our religion see the world in the way it does?

What about our beliefs in the proper form of governance?

No, I’m not saying to doubt your religion or your beliefs but to strengthen them. But by asking the right questions you might begin to understand your beliefs better. Recently, I was a part of Islam Awareness Series 2017, an initiative to bring understanding and beauty of Islam to people who would care to learn. And I’d learnt a lot: of my religion and of the people that would love to learn more about the religion. It was a beautiful thing.

So, what I’m saying is to plunge yourselves into the depths of knowledge and forever be curious, question your beliefs, maybe they might be wrong, maybe they might be right. Who knows?

 

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Nothing humbles us more…

A passing of a young life has always and will always have a profound effect on my emotions no matter who that person is.

It scares me to know that our life can be taken away from us, anytime, anywhere, at any place and if we allow that fear to grow and propagate, we will paralyse ourselves.

However,

By remembering that such a thing will happen to each and every one of us one day will humble us. It will remind us that we are not as powerful, as brave, as healthy, as intelligent, as we think we are.

For me, such an unfortunate loss constantly reminds me of how pathetic we are, how weak we are, how powerless we are in the face of Him. It reminds me of how our miserable lives are at His mercy.

A young life lost is a lesson gained for all of us who are still alive. We can learn so much from the beauty of that young life, from the way they interacted with others, the way they held trust to the will of God, the way they smile, laugh and listen as if they weren’t the ones going. There’s so much we can learn from their mannerisms, their wisdom, and even though amidst their last days, their unyielding youth.

As they move on to their next phase as a creation of God, we might ask, what happens now?

Now, we can pray, seek forgiveness, repent, and supplicate. We can be aware of who we are and what we want to achieve in this life that will never last. We can realise that dream, our dream.

Understand your purpose, be kind, be good, be humble.

 

 

Seeking Repentance

The sins that we carry on our shoulders, the wrongs that we do every single day of our lives, can only be lifted when we seek repentance.

However, sometimes, it is easier said than done.

Seeking repentance is just the beginning of a whole journey that will bring you through small successes and sometimes, major failures.

I’m sure all of us have experienced the utter disappointment in our hearts when we relapsed a bad habit. Sometimes, that feeling will bring us to the point where we almost want to give up.

So, should we give in and give up?

No.

In Islam, we believe that all of our prayers will be answered one way or another. However, they differ in the ways that it can be answered.

What we can and should do is to make an intention to repent, pray to Allah SWT and have deep and strong faith that he listened and that he will reply.

He will assist you in what you are searching for if you are sincere in your repentance.

Maybe I have doubted the power of a supplication all this while and maybe what I can do now is to have renewed faith and be more conscious of my intentions, especially those related to repentance.

Do I really want to repent?

 

Make Your Parents Smile

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amribn al-‘As: A man came to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) and said: I came to you to take the oath of allegiance to you on emigration, and I left my parents weeping. He (the Prophet) said: Return to them and make them laugh as you made them weep.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood – Book 14 Hadith 2522

No matter what your beliefs are, I believe that all of us can learn a thing or two from this hadith after the rights of your parents.

Parents come first. Many of us in this day and age tends to forget that.

We push them aside thinking that they are annoying, naggy, not up to our expectations and so on…

However, we have forgotten that they were the ones who brought us into this world, they were the ones that feed and protect us when we were weak and powerless. They sacrificed their lives to raising us.

But no, we have forgotten all of that. We put their happiness secondary and put ours first.

I know, I have been saying that all of us should strive for our dreams despite what others say but that does not mean that we push our parents’ dreams for us aside. We should talk to them, communicate and reach a common ground. They at least deserve that.

Their happiness comes first and I cannot stress that enough. We should strive to make them happy as long as they are alive. We owe them that.

I’m sure, when we become parents, we would want our children to be the coolness of our eyes. We want them to make us happy. So, shouldn’t we do the same for our parents?

Ponder the Nature of Our Existence

Let’s ponder about our purpose on this planet.

Let’s ponder the meaning of life.

Let’s ponder the nature of our existence.

Why are we here?

Do we serve a higher purpose?

Are we here just to exist and die off?

How about the atheistic idea of propagating future generations?

I’m sure all of us have pondered about it,

The meaning of our own existence.

But most of the time,

We pushed the thought away,

“Too complicated, too pointless,” we say.

But maybe,

Just maybe,

There is a meaning to all of these seeming randomness,

Be it God,

Or some other idea.

But keep in mind,

For something,

Can never come out of nothing.

 

 

 

It’s Sad, Really.

The one thing that I constantly fear is the unexpected death of my loved ones.

I can see myself tolerate and maintain a hardened expression when the death is expected, say, maybe through an illness. However, if the death is to be unexpected, say, through an accident or the occassional heart attack, I don’t think I could take that kind of shock.

It scares me every single day that one day, this might actually happen and it might be a reality that I have to face.

All of us know how unexpected death can be. It can affect anyone no matter the age, fitness, socio-economic background or whatever. It strikes when it wants to and it is this fear that reminds me every single day to be grateful to my loved ones, to my family and friends and to whomever that I care.

And I hope that if reality decides to test me, I would be thankful to be allowed to show my gratitude to that person when they were still alive.

The Truth We All Seek

We may or may not know it but innately, all of us are seeking for the truth. Some seek the truth of life in religion, letting their faith guide them while there are others who seek the truth in science, in its many abstract forms and incompleteness. Also, there are a few that seek truth in philosophy, the wondrous world of ifs and whens.

Be it through religion, science or philosophy, we are seeking the truth. The truth of our existence, the reason behind it all, and even, the purpose of why we exist in the first place.

Religion may provide the answers, however, sometimes, people may find that it is littered with flaws and practices that are no longer applicable to the modern age.

So, they turn to science. Science is based on facts and research. Things that are real and can be calculated and computed, tangible things. However, some may find that it is incomplete. Science does not have all the answers and scientists believe that they have the closest truth that they possibly can at that point in time. But maybe, it is because of that closeness and calculatable nature of science that is attractive to many people.

Philosophy, on the other hand, is fluid and complex that many might not even begin to understand. Some truths might be hidden in there but one requires to be able to understand the complexities of it all to even begin to comprehend it.

Three ways that people can seek truth and three ways where people can decide to live their lives by.

But those three ways are not the end.

No matter which way we choose to seek the truth, I believe that ultimately, all of them will converge to a single truth.

I personally believe that those three ways and just three languages speaking about the same thing.