Today (The Day of Arafa) is a very special day to all Muslims around the world. So congratulation for those who lived to see this day again, its such blessing indeed.
This is the day the religion Islam was perfected and the blessings of Allah were complete. The following verse was revealed to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) on the day of ‘Arafah: Allah says: “Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessing upon you, and chosen Islam as religion and a way of life for you”
The Day falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijja of the lunar Islamic Calendar. This happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after is the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafa and the Plain of Arafa. It was from this site that Muhammad gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life and it was on Friday
I have traveled so many places around the world and documented so many cities and town. But no place would come close to my time in Makkah and Madina, for obvious reasons of course, when I am there, my whole perspective towards life changes. This is where it all began. Every corner I passed by, ever old house, old mosque I go through and see. I can feel my beloved Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) presence.
Why you ask?. Very difficult questions, to pour the feelings I am feeling now is practically impossible, like any deep faith and believe, it comes within, but alas its a process that has been in making not the day I was born, but the day this world was born and the interconnection between this world, my birth and everything in between. You will find out this all draws down to one question, and that question is, WHY WE ARE HERE?
This question, I believe every human being should be asking themselves, and its their responsibility to obtain the answer that satisfies them all aspects. For one simple reason, you could at any moment, without any prior warning, drop dead. And in a split of the seconds, all this worldly things, your life, your children, your money, your friends will deem meaningless. But why wait until you are dead?, why not find out now, and maybe, just maybe if we know the answer, this life will deem bearable to live in and find what we call “eternal happiness”
I am very analytical person, I questions every single details, and those who know me, I am that type of person would not take any answer for granted, I will in all way check and double check until I am satisfied, some call me control freak, I like to consider myself as attentive to details. One thing I DONT BELIEVE is LUCK. Everything has a reason behind it, luck can take you so far. Thomas Edison once said, “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work”. This is exactly the point, the harder you work, you will at one point or another get what you are looking for. So LUCK doesn’t exists.
I wont go into details, but I will make a bold statement that more or less simplify my whole process in developing and maintaining my faith. And that statement is “EVERYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE were made to SERVE Us the Human Being Only, in a Perfect Balance”.
Some things are very obvious, somethings are INDIRECTLY made to serve us and some are yet to be discovered. The astonishing part, the discovery of things that are made to serve us, goes hand in hand with the increase of population. The invention of cars came exactly in time where human were so populated and the economy of scale didn’t allow them to roam around in a small geographical area, hence car came just in time where people were able to travel further distances, bringing back the balance.
Notice I included the statement “In perfect Balance”. this doesn’t only applies in a good way, it could be in the most devastating horrible way, provided that BALANCE is maintained. Lets take the Black plague for sake of argument that killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1348–50. Imagine, those 200 million people than were alive now, and now back calculate from 1348 until this day, how many reproduction out of those 200 million we would have today, I cant even do the math, but I assume way above tens of billions if not more. If the World population today is 7 Billion and increasing at alarming rate . I can safely say if it wasnt for the Black Plague, than this earth as we know it would not have EXISTED TODAY. (Scary isnt it)
The same example, applies to the so called Global Warming and its direct results of all the natural catastrophic we see today (Tsunamis, Cyclone, etc). Not to mentioned, the human made distasters, such as Wars, mass killings etc. These all, as bad as they are, but they are here for a REASON, remember nothing comes by luck, everything has a reason behind it, and that reason is to maintain the balance. And all this, ironically it maybe, but to SERVE US HUMAN and for the life to continue until one day it would just stop continuing, and believe it or not that day has been determined already.
Tough luck, but there is a famous saying that says “Some people disasters, are others people blessings”. And if you think about this statement, than you will realized it makes sense perfectly. Somehow, somewhere, someone is benefiting from others mishaps, no matter how horrible those mishaps are. At the end we all going to die, how we are going to die, as far as I am concerned it doesn’t matter.
Now back to my main questions “Why we are here?”. The above, cannot in any matter, being self orchestrated. Its so perfectly organized and thought for, it can only means a creator is behind all this. And like any creator, he too has his reasons, and in my opinion we shouldn’t dwell deeply to why he did all this, that’s beyond our thinking capacity. The fact that we are created, that alone we should be thankful, the fact we came to existence, that alone is a blessing beyond all apprehension, that fact we were created as human, but not some sleazy animal or insects, that alone we should be thanking our lucky stars and offer our lives to the creator in all means. There is nothing we can do, to thank the creator of all the blessing given to us, no matter how good we do.
Every now and than such thoughts comes into my mind, and at Makkah and Madina such thoughts are strengthen even further. This world we are living in, has the ability of making us human forget what is this all about. We cannot afford to forget this, nor to ignore this, ignoring it, is like ignoring the very reason we are alive and living.
Allah is my creator, Islam is my religion and Mohammed (Peace Be Upon him) is my messenger. I found my peace, I found the answer to the question. Have you?.
Eid Mubarak everyone, I wish you ALL a very happy and peaceful Eid. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your transgressions and ease the suffering of all peoples around the globe.