Parables – worldly life

The example of [this] worldly life is but like rain which We have sent down from the sky that the plants of the earth absorb – [those] from which men and livestock eat – until, when the earth has taken on its adornment and is beautified and its people suppose that they have capability over it, there comes to it Our [Allah’s] command by night or by day, and We [Allah] make it as a harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do We explain in detail the signs for a people who give thought.” (Qur’an 10:24)

“Listen! Someone is saying: “Call out!”Another asks: “What should I call out?”“All flesh is green grass.All their loyal love is like the blossom of the field.  The green grass dries up,The blossom withers,Because the breath of HaShem* blows upon it. Surely the people are but green grass.” (Bible, Yeshayahu, Isaiah 40: 6,7)

“For just as the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the plant, and its flower falls off and its outward beauty perishes, so too the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.” (Bible, James 1:11)

Allah compares in the Quran, the Jewish Bible and the Christian Bible our life cycle or our achievements as that of green plants. Short and ephemere. Some people think they are very important and goes around as a peacock. But G.od is telling us that we have to be humble. Humble people cares for others, cares for animals, cares for the vegetation, the water and our home the planet. As water gives life, we may think our efforts leads to great works, but we can take nothing into our grave than the name or reputation we build up by G.od with our good deeds we did to other humans and the whole creation and that we were remembering the owner of our life and this planet earth, yes the G.od of Ibrahim (peace be upon him)

* HaShem, “the name” in Hebrew, reference to the Divine Name of G.od

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Words of Wisdom #6

“…that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely …”

(Quran Surah Al-Ma,ida 5:32)

“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as is he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considere as if he saved an entire world.”

(Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9; Yerushalmi Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.)

“… dat wie een ziel doodt, tenzij voor een ziel of voor corruptie [misdaad gedaan] in het land – het is alsof hij de mensheid volledig heeft gedood. En wie er ook een redt – het is alsof hij de mensheid volledig heeft gered …”

“… que quiconque tue une âme à moins que ce ne soit pour une âme ou pour la corruption [faite] dans la terre – c’est comme s’il avait tué l’humanité entièrement. Et quiconque en sauve un, c’est comme s’il avait sauvé l’humanité entièrement…”

 

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Words of Wisdom #4

“Do not sit idle, for indeed death is seeking you.”

(al-Hassan Al-Basree)

“Zit niet stil in gemakzucht, want inderdaad, de dood zoekt je.”

“Ne restez pas oisif, car la mort vous cherche.”

 

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Words of Wisdom #3

“Your nafs (ego), if you do not keep it busy with truth, it will keep you busy with falsehood.”

(Imam Shafi’i)

“Je nafs (ego), als je hem niet bezig houdt met de waarheid, zal hij je bezig houden met leugens.”

“Votre nafs (ego), si vous ne le tenez pas occupé par la vérité, il vous occupera par le mensonge.”

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Words of Wisdom #1

“It is difficult to be patient but to waste the rewards of patience is worse”.

(Abu-Bakr as-Saddique (May Allah be pleased with him))

“Het is moeilijk om geduldig te zijn, maar om de beloningen van geduld te verspillen, is erger”.

“Il est difficile d’être patient, mais perdre la récompense de la patience est pire”.

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