Monday, May 16, 2011


Back to our main discussion. I'll divide the prevention and solution steps into two fundamental aspects. In this post, I'll try to clarify the very first part. To simplify it, I won't make any analogy. Yet, we knew already the causes right? It'll be much more easier for us to digest the antidote part. I hope so!

First is knowledge instillation. We must have knowledge about Allah the Creator. Just bear in mind that He is The Most and The Absolute One. The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, The Most Generous, The All-Knowing and the other 95 attributes. Thus, all deeds must be directed to Him only. Except Allah, nothing to be afraid of, right? Believe me, once you know your creator, you'll know your life better.

Next is knowledge about oneself or in simpler word, knowledge about ourselves. There are a few elementary things about ourselves that we should know. We should understand that ourselves consist of two different compartments. The first compartment is our body with earthly, change, perishable and the vehicle characteristics. The next compartment is the soul with heavenly, permanent, continuing its journey and the driver characteristics.

I'm going to highlight and dig into two contrast complexion only. The first one, body is perishable and soul is continuing its journey. Back to the definition of death. Death is the separation of the soul from the body right? After death, the undertaker will bury our beloved and beautiful body in the grave. This is the place where nobody cares for us. Our family and friends let the worms eat us right? Rasulullah SAW said;

When carried to his grave, a dead person is followed 
by three, two of which return (after his burial) and 
one remains with him; his relatives and his property 
(viz horses and camels etc. on which the relatives travel)
return while his deeds remain with him.
[Bukhari & Muslim]

Absolutely true! It is our soul which will continue our journey in the grave. The unimaginable journey. So, which one is our priority? The body or the soul?

Then, we will focus on the fact that, the body is a vehicle and the soul is the driver. Imam al-Ghazali in his Kitab Kimyatuusy Sya'adah stated that;

The body is just like an animal mounts for the soul. 
The body will be destroyed but the soul remains alive. 
Soul should nourish the body. 
Like the people who wants to work on Hajj to Mecca, 
he needs to maintain his camel, but if he spends too much time 
with his camel to feed and decorate it, then the caravan 
will leave him behind and he will perish in the desert.
[Imam al-Ghazali]

In facile words, the 'I' refers to the soul and not the body. Thus, the 'I' is our centerpiece. We have to focus more on our soul without neglecting the rights of our body which consists of food, drinks, shelter and etc. Therefore, when suddenly, an inner fleeting thought emerges in our heart, we can accurately determine whether that thought is good for the 'I' or not.

Third is the knowledge about this world and the next world. Bear in heart that, this world is temporary, difficult, has an ending and mesmerizing. Allah SWT said in Surah al-Ankabut;

And this worldly life is not but diversion and amusement. 
And indeed, the home of the Hereafter - that is the [eternal] life,
if only they knew. (64)
[Sahih International]

Fourth is the knowledge about hereafter. Again, bear in heart that, the coming hereafter is permanent, just, ultimate enjoyment for true believers and terrible punishment for unbelievers.

Thus, which one is our aim? This temporary world or the coming soon permanent hereafter?

InsyaAllah, by having a little knowledge about Allah the Creator, ourselves, this world and the next coming world, we can modify our worldview. Peeps, what is worldview? A worldview is the way the people within a specified culture live, act, think, work and relate. It is a 'map' or culture's social, religious, economic and political views and relationships. It sounds complicated right? 

In brief words, worldview is the way we see the world. With our current status, we may see the world as a teen who runs for fun and enjoyment, we may see the world as a child who has to listen to his or her parent's command or we may see the world as a student who struggles for victory. No matter how we choose to see the world, believe me, to see the world in Muslim's perspective is the best because Islam is comprehensive. You can hold the world with your hand and at the same time you can perch the hereafter in your heart!

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