Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Gardening Tills the Soul
Most of the plants in my garden has been there for quite some time, like the rangoon creepers (right), kesidang (left) and the tiny pink rose (below).
The rose at my back yard has grown tall and flowering abundantly.
Such a pleasure to see the tiny bloom in bunches, and they smell so sweet.
The current weather with occasional heavy rain and hot sun is a perfect combination for roses, my favourite flower.
So, I decided to take a few days off from office to work on my garden.
It started with weeding and preparing the flower beds.
Then, a trip to the nursery to buy the plants including some new roses.
Experience taught me that yellow rose needs extra care compare to other type of roses, but I decided to try again this time.
I hope it will survive.
Gardening is a therapy for me. The beautiful plants reminded me of the place that I hope would be my permanent home, a blissful abode.
Prophet Adam lives in paradise before being sent down to earth, hence paradise is our home, the place that we should return to.
Looking at the garden send cheer to my heart, but sometimes it brought sadness too for I have not done enough to deserve a place in that eternal garden.
Forgive me, Ya Allah...
"Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for those with minds.
Those who remember Allah when standing, sitting, and on their sides, and contemplate upon the creation of the heavens and the earth (saying:) 'Lord, You have not created these in falsehood. Exaltations to You! Guard us against the punishment of the Fire.
Our Lord, whomsoever You admit into the Fire, You will have abased, and the harmdoers shall have no helpers.
Our Lord, we have heard the caller calling to belief, "Believe in your Lord!" So we believe.
Our Lord, forgive us our sins and acquit us of our evil deeds, and take us to You in death with the righteous.
Our Lord, give us what You promised us by Your Messengers, and do not abase us on the Day of Resurrection. You do not break Your promise. '
( Ali Imraan:190-194)