Friday, July 22, 2016

The Perplexing subject of faith.

It is yet another Friday at the front line in the mosque facing the pulpit and receiving the bombardment from the Imam. Everything said from the Imam's mouth felt like a direct affront to my personal being as a non-practicing Muslim, one who does not fulfill the complete requirement at least like praying five times a day and so forth. The main issue talked about was 'Tawakal' or faith as i assume it to be and I am far from not having any doubts in my heart when it comes to having faith especially when i get hit left and right by all kinds of trials and tribulations affecting my mind and spirit. Of late it seems to get worse as i watch around me all the suffering that is manifesting in all kinds of forms and affecting the poor and the down trodden; it seems just not correct and unfair. There must be a caring God somewhere who would not let this planet go to waste as it is headed for.
Yes, i have tried my damnedest to right myself in order that what is around is not futile as it seems to be viewed from a more quieter mind or so they say, but it seems like the more deeply i look within the worse it get without. Detachment from what is the Dharma realm or the realm of the phenomena is something that Buddhism preaches but being detached seems to get more and more of a challenge as one age or so it seems. The question being, what am I leaving behind when it is my time to call it a day? What will the next generation inherit from the likes of my generation? The Imam was adamant on pointing out that most of us are neglecting to perform our obligations and are destined for the realm of hell in the hereafter and especially the younger generation, who have gone lost on their motorcycles riding themselves to death while others were looking forward to Celina Gomez coming to town  and not remembering God.
Tawakkul (Arabicتَوَكُّل‎‎) in the Arabic language, is the word for the Islamic concept of reliance on God or "trusting in God's plan".[1] It is seen as "perfect trust in God and reliance on Him alone."[2] It can also be referred to as God-consciousness.[2] In fact, the Qur'an speaks of the fact that success is only achieved when trust is in God and the believer is steadfast and obeys God's commands.[3]
It has been said that there are three ranks of tawakkul: the trust of the believers, the trust of the select, and the trust of the select of the select.[8]Each of these ranks are achieved through active reformation of the mind and self.[9] The truth of the believers is simply living one day at a time and not worrying what tomorrow will bring you; simply trusting in what God has planned.[8] The trust of the select is trusting God with no motives or desires. It is casting aside all wants.[8] And finally the trust of the select of the select is giving yourself over to God completely so that His desires become yours.[8] In other words, "trust in God is to be satisfied with and rely on God Most High."[7] It is said that because God created everything and therefore everything belongs to him, it is selfish to want anything other than what God wants or not want something God gives to you.[6] Wikepedia.

This Law [Dharma] is inexpressible,
It is beyond the realm of terms;
Among all the other living beings
None can apprehend it
Except the bodhisattvas
Who are firm in the power of faith.[19]-- Faith in Buddhism -Wikpedia.

What is faith with wisdom and understanding, it is blind faith and Islam is not a religion of blind faith


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