RESTING SPOT Q2:21-2

I must begin by apologising first. I am in the medical profession and my thoughts, reflections on the Qur’an and experiences are shaped by this. Some of the posts on the blog reflect that already, but more will so bear with me.

In my second year at the University, we commenced dissection of the human cadaver in Human Anatomy. Our assessment tests in the dissection room was called ‘Steeple Chase’, where various muscles, blood vessels, nerves etc were pinned and numbered for us to identify. We were arranged in a single row according to our matriculation numbers and given seconds to write down the answer. A buzzer would sound and we would all shuffle to the next question.

There were designated areas called ‘Resting Spots’ where we had a chance to review our work, correct spellings and …

BUZZ! Back to the chase!

The time at these resting spots were rarely ever adequate to correct all the errors. Same with the dunya.

image credit: syndney.edu.au

image credit: syndney.edu.au

Allah referred the Earth as a ‘resting place’, a temporary place; it is a place to strategise on how to attain Jannah. Soon, the buzzer will go off and we will be shuffled to the next stage: Jannah or Jahannam which are not-so-temporary places.

Often times, we get sidetracked and set up rivals unto Allah and forget our purpose. We may not worship idols in the literal sense but we do figuratively by worshipping money, beauty, power, superstars, super models and other celebrities, even the internet!

The Earth is a transient lodging from where we move to a more permanent place.

The Prophet (SAW) said: What do I have to do with the world! I am not in the world but as a rider seeking shade under a tree, then he catches his breath and leaves it. – Jami’at Tirmidhi 2377 graded Hasan

May Allah purify our hearts to worship Him Alone.

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