I’m sitting on a train right now, on my way to Dearborn from Chicago. The ride has definitely been less than pleasant. We have encountered many delays and what should have been a 5 and a half hour train ride has turned into about a 7 hour one. Ugh. For some reason, we had to stop due to some shananigans on the tracks.
Alhamdulillah, though, it could be worse. I am wearing my nephew's Toy Story blanket. I got it for him as a present, but wanted to wear something while I was on the train in case I slept. Haha.
I sit here and look out the window. The trees are passing us by, sometimes so slow that I can see every single leaf, and sometimes so fast that the entire figure just becomes a blur. I’ve been watching the world pass me by, one tree at a time and I realize that this train ride is just a short version of our life.
Our entire lives are spent on a train, passing each day, one at a time; sometimes the days pass by so quickly that we don’t realize where the time went and sometimes one day can seem like 10. But no matter what, we know our final destination. This ride may seem like its everlasting, but only because we cannot see the bigger picture. We are so narrow-minded, consumed in our own thoughts and lives, we refuse to acknowledge our reason for being here in the first place. It is not the train ride that is our final goal, but the destination at the end of the tracks.
Allah (swt) has given us the Quran, a set of guidelines to follow, so that we may be successful once we reach our destination, but just as passengers on this train refuse to read the ‘Passenger Safety Instructions,’ we refuse to understand the Quran as we should, in order to protect ourselves from the crash that comes at the end.
If the conductor told everyone, “This train WILL crash. You should read the Passenger Safety Instructions so you know what to do when it does,” would all the passengers read it? Would they prepare themselves so that they can survive the crash? Would they help others? Or would they sit there like idiots, thinking that there will be no crash at the end?
Allah (swt) has told us that we WILL die, we WILL be accountable. Then why do we sit around acting like it won’t happen?
Until next time…