Friday, January 10, 2014

Two words light on the tongue, heavy in balance, beloved to the Merciful

Assalammualaikum and happy Friday..

Since becoming a mother, I find it hard to visit mosque frequently unlike when my life was only my husband and I. My daughter is one of those who loves to around in spacious rooms and every time performing solat there, she would run around occupying the women's area while I tried my best to focus on my praying mat. Very difficult I say.... Besides, I hate disturbing others as I too, dislike children running freely around our praying space. To feed my yearning for sermons, I find peace in reading narrations beautifully written by our brothers and sisters here; Virtual Mosque.  Among prominent writers that are frequently contributing thoughts are sis Yasmin Mogahed, sis Maryam Amirebrahimi and even brother Suhaimi Webb himself; the founder of the website.

I stumble upon an article which narration circulates on a true story where a man found peace until his was on his dying bed in these words Subhan Allahi wa bihamdi, Subhan Allah il-`atheem. He stumbled upon these words when he decided to make an effort attending Friday prayer at a mosque nearby; one of the many prayers that he chose to take no notice at all. As he found a place to sit, he heard the khatib speak of these words “Two words are light on the tongue, heavy in the balance, beloved to the Merciful: ‘Glory be to Allah and by His praise. Glory be to Allah, the Immense.’” (Bukhari). Somehow or rather, this exact sentence took a toll on him and changed his life from being disregard to a reminder to others. 

As I was reading this, I too, had no inkling on the meaning of this. Two words are light on the tongue & heavy in the balance...?? No wonder the man keep repeating this sentence to himself many times in seeking the meaning behind this beautiful saying. I found a better explanation in this telling "There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)]"... 

From what I decipher from this is that we must always remember Allah SWT. We do right? Sounds easy right? But how far do we do remember Him? Because if we remember him appropriately in line with the authentic Islamic way of life, we will realize that everything that we own, every sustenance that we have and every bliss that we are bestowed upon with belongs to Him. Which also means if He can make you, He can break you. He can take away everything in a blink of an eye because ALL THESE belongs to him. Subhanallaaaaaaaah... 

MasyaAllaaaah... if we could inculcate such notion deeply rooted in our hearts, I believe none of us would ever whine on how miserable our life is right? Why the rich is getting richer and the poor is becoming poorer? Subhanallaaaah... I cannot change others, only myself.... Lastly the telling says, Muslims who truly believes in Allah SWT should remember Him always in great remembrance...
Friday is always the day where I seek clarity and need some reminders... This is just my two cents on the beautiful story... The Prophet ﷺ has once said: ‘Convey from me, even if it’s just one ayah'.... I'm not good in passing on sermons but let's give it a try yea.. 

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