Some people in your life come as a lesson, others come as a blessing…Some source of inspiration and, others as a painful motivation.
There is this guy i have encountered in my routine flights from UAE where he served as an air host. Never did I have a conversation with him or any kind of interaction that contributed to the fact that he was a source of inspiration to me and restoration of my faith on humanity. Just a glance or two and ‘Mam your boarding pass please’ to Replying to my thank you with a warm ‘you are most welcome’. This was our interaction. But what totally attracted me was his behaviour. He was totally different from the typical type of men seen now days, atleast not like the other air hosts. I dont have any idea about his details , how he is as a person etc.. but what i came to conclude was that This was exactly what our beloved Prophet PBUH wanted.
This was how Muhammad PBUH wanted his followers to be. And He PBUH was like this. Definitely better! Everytime i entered the plane and he was the host , i was relieved from dragging the bags and carrying them up on the compartments! He was always no doubt ready to help.His approach was mind blowingly different. I dont think its his profession,but rather its his character that is beautiful. I came to know his name was Cristopher & high probability he is not a Muslim. That is what struck me down. Through his behaviour, i got reminded of my beloved Rasul PBUH & i was sure that he was a Muslim! SubhanAllah! But he isn’t!
I pray to my Lord from the core of my heart to Guide him to Islam. With Islam this guy would be complete and serve as a total inspiration as he did to me.
For the heart, when it is soft, gentle, its reception of knowledge is easier, and the knowledge will be rooted, established and take its effect. And if the heart is hard and harsh, its reception of knowledge will be difficult. And it is necessary alongside that (of it being gentle, soft), that it is also pure, clean and sound so that the knowledge can grow therein and provide good, wholesome fruits. Otherwise, if it was to receive knowledge whilst it has impurities and filth, it will corrupt that knowledge, they will be like the weeds amongst the vegetation. If it does not prevent the seed from sprouting, then it will prevent it from growing and becoming wholesome (and giving fruits). And this is clear to the people of insight.
Abu Darda Al-Ansari (radiyAllahu’anhu):
“Indeed my greatest fear concerning standing on the Day of Judgement is that it will be said to me: You have learned, hence what have you done with your knowledge?!”
[Jaami’ Bayaan al ‘Ilm Wa Fadlih, #647]
We all know that when Allāh created us, He did so giving us a specific mission in life:
“And I (Allāh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” [Quran 51:56]
He then told us how we should fulfill this mission, through a range of activities that He said are either Obligatory, Recommended or Permissible. And having these rulings attached to tasks makes it easy for us to choose which activities to give priority to over others.
What can we do about all the other tasks that are permissible to us, but don’t have a specific religious ruling attached to them? We need another model for these and we can use man-made models that follow the same principles.
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