Don’t neglect the boundaries


We often borrow things from others. Though we may use it as if it’s ours, a fear will always be there inside our mind as it could get damaged or lost. We all will have this caution when using things belonging to others. Imagine that a person without eyes borrows eyes from another person. That person sets a condition when lending his eye. “Do not see anything wrong with this eye!, If you see any such things, I’ll definitely know it because the eyes belong to me”. When we have these eyes on our face, how carefully and cautiously will we walk around! without looking to any vices and extremely caring to avoid all situations where any wrong things will fall in our eyes. We fear the person who lent us the eyes! If so, did The Creator, who provided the eyes on our face, tell us things similar to this? Isn’t He, who gave us ears, told us not to hear some, who gave tongue , told not to tell some, who gave hands and legs, told not to do some? Yes, He has told! But does such a fear controls our deeds constantly? If not, we should work on making it happen.

Not only for just eyes and ears, religion is to guide us thorough all aspects of life and control it. Islamic personality will be complete only when we live knowing and acting upon the boundaries of ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’. “… These are the limits [set by] Allah , so do not approach them…” (Qura’n 2:187). “… And those are the limits [set by] Allah . And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah has certainly wronged himself. You know not; perhaps Allah will bring about after that a [different] matter.”(Qura’n 65:1)

We are very cunning in maintaining the boundaries when it comes to worldly matters. We tend to have problems with neighbors when they cross the boundaries of our land. Though fearing authorities, we are stringent in observing the laws. Like there is a boundary for the land we possess, there is a boundary set for us too – this thought should control us. It’s with the fear ‘Allah’ that our inside and outside should be purified. Good fortune in this life is to obey his commands without suspicion or counter questions.

Why would it be that Allah had ordered Adam (AS) and Hawwa not to eat one fruit? Is it because that fruit was not good? or will they be affected by some disease eating that? Definitely Not! Fruit in the heaven should be good only. But that should not be eaten! If ordered not to eat, we should not eat it. Wasn’t this to teach us and them this rule?

It’s very easy to live without observing any laws. On the other hand, a lot of hard work and sacrifices will be required to live in accordance with the commandments of Allah. there will be lot of of ‘benefits’ for those who doesn’t care for ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’, but everything will be momentary!

When a nomad asked Ali (RA) about repentance, his reply was like this:
Thouba consists of 6 things.
• remorse for sins committed in the past
• renewed performance of obligatory religious duties [faraid]
• providing compensation for acts of injustice
• seeking pardon from adversaries
• resolving never to repeat the offense
• dissolving your lower self in worshipful obedience to Allah, just as you caused it to grow in sinful disobedience, and making it taste the bitterness of obedience, just as you let it taste the sweetness of sinful acts of disobedience, until it comes to enjoy the sweetness and flavors of worshipful obedience. (al-Kashaaf 4:117)

A life by neglecting Allah’s commandment means neglecting Him itself. Even if it taste bitter, we have to obey Him. Eventually we would get to taste the real sweetness of life.

English rendering of article written by Abdul Wadud!

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