BISMILLAH HIR RAHMAN IR RAHIM
We have all been created by Allah. Every tree, every flower, the wind, the rivers and streams, the mountains and the beach, every species in their most perfect and complex manner. Then He created us and made us the Best of all Creations. Ashraf al Makhlukaat is an Arabic phrase.
But as I live my life. As I see people around me, as I look into my mind and my heart and see myself….I feel that this phrase is completely opposite of what we are.
Before Allah sent us His Books and guided us, and in between those time periods, people were engaged in the most heinous of crimes. Murder, theft, warfare, torture, slavery, rape, marriages between sons and mothers, burying baby daughters alive….all this used to happen. Even animals were more learned and sane than us. Ants can build a home and move in straight lines, whereas we can hardly even make a proper line when we are impatient. But when they received guidance, they evolved into our greater selves. They became aware of their faults and weaknesses and grew stronger in mentality and intellect. They believed no doubt in their purpose to serve Allah.
But after all the prophets passed away, many killed by disbelievers, people lost their way again. They returned to their old traditions and cultures and robbed each other of their rights.
Now look around. Not a day passes where you don’t hear about violence, rebellion, rape, killing in the name of ‘honour’, kidnapping and corruption. At some point in time, people started caring only for what they want. Every act of their daily routine was focused on serving themselves. Earning for themselves, spending on themselves, littering outside their house because “the garbage bins are not visible”, lying and cheating others for their own benefit, getting in trouble and putting the blame on others, making friends to fulfill their own purposes, backbiting, suspicion, making fun of others and expressing our judgments and stereotypes without thought….it is so unnatural and inhumane yet so common and expecting.
We have even neglected our own environment. Global warming is effecting us and the world at such a great level. I can barely even sit in my house sometimes without sweating so much and taking a bath three times a day. We have polluted our beautiful earth of its grace while searching for resources. Ice caps are melting, animals are becoming extinct….it is true what is said about the show of Scooby Doo: you learn that the real monsters are actually people.
Now people are buying houses in Mars! The arrogance! Do they want to destroy another planet? Whatever you take, you have to give back something in return. No. We deserve to stay here and pay for our crimes. We can run to the furthest planet in the galaxy but we cannot run from Allah when we will return to Him.
Now massacres are becoming often heard of as well. Palestine, Afghanistan, Burma,etc. Many lives are lost due to feuds between governments. Wars should be avoided at every cost but if it takes place, it should remain in the battlefield. Wildlife, vegetation, men, women and children not part of the battle should not even feel an inch of pain because of it. Yet millions of innocents are targetted. Who knew even being innocent became a crime? It’s like innocent people don’t deserve to live on this earth.
I look at myself, and I often see the same filth. I have made countless mistakes in my life, known and unknown, which I have no idea will ever be removed from my record of deeds. It’s like I think so much about my decisions and I fully support it, I give all my efforts in accomplishing it but its consequences don’t always turn out the way I expect them too. What keeps me going on is my faith in Allah, His Love, His Mercy, my fear of Him and His Guidance. Without that, I would have even killed myself if I had reached that point due to guilt. Even the tiniest of mistakes such as forgetting to send money to someone, the dough being wasted because it doesn’t rise or even killing my favorite character in a PS4 game make me rethink of my stupidity. I am often called ‘Tubelight’ by my family. I laugh about it but nowadays, it has never been more true. I try to be an honest person but I’m surprised often that people even trust me.
All these thoughts revolve in my head when I watch the news. We are the worst thing that has ever happened to this world. Every action we do has sensitive consequences. Words spoken cannot be taken back.
But then I remember an ayat from Surah Baqarah in the Holy Quran. In the ayat, Allah had said that He planned to create a new being; Man, for His worship. But the angels who are constantly in His Service and Worship told Him:
“How can you create something who would cause chaos and shed blood whereas we glorify Your Praises all the time?”
To that, Allah simply replied:
“I know that which you do not.”
Once they heard that, they bowed towards Hazrat Adam(A.S) when commanded.
This got me thinking, that though humans seem like the worst beings in the world, they have a tremendous potential for good. Our prophets were humans too so we are capable of following their example. They hold charities and organisations to serve the needs of people foreign and domestic. They care for their family, friends and neighbors. They treat their guests well. They stand against evil and infidelity. They forgive others and hold no grudges no matter how much pain people cause them. They are confident, vigilant, brave and honourable. They are concerned about worldly and internal issues. They are constantly in the quest for knowledge. If they even unintentionally prick another with a needle, they feel as if they were stabbed by a thousand needles. They ask for forgiveness and make amends with their enemies. They protect and nurture each other. They are like animals; constantly working in a fixed and just system that does not harm others. Always in the effort to do things the right way. And there is more to us that only Allah knows.
So if you think that you are the worst person or have made many mistakes, know that Allah created you for a reason. He knew what man was capable of when He created him. You are capable of more than you know. You make one mistake, you can fulfill it with ten good deeds. If you even repent wholeheartedly, it will be counted as your good deed. We are Ashraf al Makhlukaat because we have the willpower to do great. We have to freedom to do as we wish. Let us all work to be worthy of this title and help others achieve it as well. Let us end evil or harmful acts where we see it. And may Allah help us in this constant effort.
Peace out ✌✌