Ramadan 1440 AH/2019: Knowing Oneself, By Murtadha Gusau
Sunday, Ramadan 14, 1440 AH (May 19, 2019)
I begin in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly until the Day of Judgement.
Respected brothers and sisters! Have you ever taken some time out of your daily routine to just reflect where you are in life, or who you have become? I’m pretty sure you have because all of us have. All human beings reflect of the past and dream of the future. Its perfectly healthy and natural. All of us from time to time look at our life, analyse our goals and compare them to where we are today. It is normal and encouraged to look back and see the progress we have made. It gives us an opportunity to reflect of our successes and failures. It makes the future different when we reflect of the past.
My beloved people! Today I would like to ask you few simple questions about you to make you reflect. Don’t worry, I’m not here to judge you, nor reward you, simply, I’m here to change the way you think about yourself and others. I want your thinking to reshape your confidence, morality, your past, and your future. I want to give your thinking value because our thoughts make us who we will become.
The very simple question I want to know from you is: Who are you? Yes, who! Don’t give me your name, nor your hobbies but tell me, who you are! Also tell me, where do you come from? Don’t tell me from a location somewhere in the far corner of Planet Earth, I already know that. But really, where do you come from? What seed? Who irrigated the seed that gave you life?
This is the question that I want you to focus on today and forward. This question is your everything. You must find the root of you. It was your beginning and it will be your future. Find the root which gives all life support and value. Find the seed in you, so you can feed it properly and let it blossom into the greatness that is destined.
I will give you my version of who you are, but I want you to have yours as well. Generally speaking, the seed that gave us all life came from our parents whom never designed it, nor know much about it. The seed that our father makes is equipped with incredible amount of information stored efficiently in a very small amount of place. A tiny microscopic particle that has information equivalent to a library full of books. But that’s not all. That seed is designed to travel somewhere it has never been. It has all the proper tools to fight a battle that it will win. It knows how to communicate with its destination although it has never seen it, touched it, heard of it or known of it.
How is it possible that some organ in your body can produce something so complex yet it never knows of the entity that it will go to and communicate with. Nothing that I know of evolves or is made without it interacting first with the environment. But that is the exception. The sperm seed that males carry contains everything it needs to create life when it meets the female egg. The same can be said about the female egg. It is designed to communicate perfectly with the male sperm yet it has never seen or touched it. How incredible is that?!
In summary, you come from a seed whom the creator of the Universe designed it, created it, and allowed it to happen. That’s right, you are a miracle. Out of millions/billions of sperm cells, you beat the competition by Allah’s will and happen to be here. How amazing is that!
If I were to ask again, who are you?, I’d say you are a miracle that Allah has placed on this planet to earn an everlasting life in the hereafter. A true gift that can’t be bargained with. The creator of everything created you, how valuable is that! Please let these thoughts shape your thinking and give you the value and the confidence that you need. You are the product of the one most High Allah who only creates things of value, and you are one of them.
Next time if someone asks you, who are you, sure you can give them your name or your parents name, but don’t forget to remind yourself that you are Allah’s perfect plan. That is your root. You are from Allah whom all value come from. Feed the seed and honour its creator with your actions, your thoughts, and aspirations. Allah bless you. Ameen.
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.
I ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this blessed month of Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.
Written by your brother, Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org or +2348038289761.