Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Perfect Diamond

A tribute to the Prophet Muhammad SAW in celebrating the month of the blessed birth.

Life is full of hardships, crisis and problems. But whether a hardship or crisis will become a problem depends on how a person perceive it.

When a crisis is perceives positively, the hardships that a person has to endure becomes a challenge, not a problem. A positive mindset helps a person see clearly that whatever comes is just another episode in the journey of life. It is a package of tests in this temporary world.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW himself, a perfect human being, did not lead a crisis-free life. This great human, who is one of the most esteemed prophets, tread the path of life through seemingly insurmountable adversities.

Prophet Muhammad SAW, perceived life as an absolute worship and submission to Allah, a continuous dedication of seeking Allah's pleasure. His heart is forever in remembrance of Allah and it is reflected in his entire life as a faithful devoted servant.

In one of the most heart wrenching events in his life, during the time after the loss of his venerable protector, his uncle, and while still grief stricken by the death of his cherished wife, he went to Tha'if to spread the message of Islam. But he was met with one of the hardest treatment from the people there. Not only that the message he conveyed fell on deaf ears, the children of Tha'if were sent to ridicule and throw stones at him. Wounded and bleeding profusely, he sought refuge at an orchard. On that day the angels came ready to send calamity to the city upon his request.
But, this is no ordinary man, this messenger of Allah responded,“I rather hope that Allah will raise from among their descendants people who will worship Allah the One, and will not ascribe partners to Him (in worship).”
The Noble Prophet SAW, turn to Allah and said in a long prayer:

To You, my Lord,
I complain of my weakness,
lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive.
Most Compassionate and Merciful!
You are the Lord of the weak,
and you are my Lord.
To whom do You leave me?
To a distant person who receives me with hostility?
Or to an enemy You have given power over me?
As long as you are not displeased with me,
I do not care what I face.
I would, however,
be much happier with Your mercy.
I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which all darkness is
dispelled and both this life and the life to come are put in
their right course against incurring your wrath or being the
subject of your anger.
To You I submit,
until I earn Your pleasure.
Everything is powerless without your support.

A messenger of Allah, revered by all creatures, the moon split at his command, chose to live a life full of forgiveness, enduring all forms of hardships with patience.

The many arduous trials and tribulations faced by Prophet Muhammad SAW, has turned him into a glittering diamond, shining the entire world, the mercy for mankind.
Diamond took millions of years to form, slowly crystallizing from carbon deposits. A process that can only take place under inconceivable extreme condition of high temperature and high pressure that occurs at approximately 150 kilometers below the continental crust.
While diamond is considered as a symbol of power, prestige and passion because of it's indestructible nature, Prophet Muhammad SAW is the supreme example of a human with indestructible heart. A pure heart that contains only Allah, and Allah alone.

Our life will always be surrounded by hardships, challenges and crisis, but they will never be a problem when our hearts are devoid of anything but the love and submission to Allah.

Allahumma solli 'ala Muhammad. Wa 'ala aali Muhammad.

"We have only sent you as a mercy to the worlds" (Anbiya' 21:107)

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