My point in writing this entry is to remind myself and you that SOMEONE is ALWAYS watching. As teenagers we grow up with this peculiar certainty that we are invincible. We can do what we want to do, and if we’re caught we’ll think up something clever and get away with it. If we’re not – keep on livin’. What if what you’re doing is something really bad? Would you want to die in the presence of such vileness? We justify what we do whether it is right or wrong, but imagine dying in that state. I know I just said that…but seriously think. What if we were to die in the state of total sin or malice? If you believe in the Hereafter, then a person either goes to Heaven or Hell. If you don’t believe in the Hereafter…what if your parents, children, friends, neighbors or anyone else you might look up to, find you in that state? How can a person justify doing wrong, no matter how small, if we never know when we’ll die?
One thing is for certain, once we are conceived we are all destined to die. So no matter what your convictions may be, just think, what if your last moment on this Earth was marked with disgrace?
There was an article on CNN.com about why Muslims seem to be more religious than other faiths. I am not claiming this to be true. I know for a fact that when a Muslim goes “bad”, they can go really bad. When a Muslim goes “good” they can go really good, bettering their communities and making a difference in the world. When I got to thinking about this entry on CNN…I immediately thought about prayer. I know that every faith prescribes prayer to its followers, the difference of Muslim prayer however, is that we have to do it on a habitual basis. Every day, every few hours, we take a few minutes of our time to remember God and to talk to Him. Prayer is our gateway to a literally Divine conversation. Reciting and reading Quran is the way to give our conversation a two-way line. God is in constant dialogue with us throughout our lives. We see His miracles all around us, we see his Mercy in our everyday interactions and trying circumstances. We hear His Word through opening up that dusty Quran on the top shelf of our libraries.
For Muslims, the way to become and stay God-conscious is through the Quran, prayer and ascribing to our 5 pillars of Islam and our 6 pillars of Faith. For my respected audience of other faiths I say look to your hearts, your reason, and your religion and dictate what it mandates, because no matter what your faith may be, I am sure that it directs you to do good.
Peace be with you fellow Journeyer of this delicate life.