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HOPE IS THE DRIVING FORCE
Who knew that today will bear testimony to a manifestation of an intention meeting its desired action and realisation of a vision. The article dated 22 April 2021 has attained 452 comments thus far and its still getting more. It was the hope then to publish an article a day and reach 100 articles. Hope is the driving force for such a realisation all because it is never garnished with a bumptious mood or disposition. It is the act done in the moment with an indescribable feeling of triumph. Surely, feeling triumphant is not an everyday experience or an every moment experience and when it is induced by a goal it is never soporific. In fact it is like stimulating drug that keeps you awake. It is a drug that does not intoxicate or stupefy because it makes you seek the glory of thought in action. The video that featured in the original article of a young Syrian boy who gives a powerful speech on the future of Syria in such terms that he compares with the likes of Malcom X, Martin Luther King and other leaders whose oratory genius is still vaunted today.
Today I am in wonder as to how the article keeps on getting comments because as I type the comment bubble shows a comment and nine out of ten times it is comment on Article 27 as I call it now. Now what is my message? The message is poised between hope and fear to demonstrate the power of action over the comfort and elation of glorified thoughts. Ali (ra) the fourth of the rightly guided Caliphs was once asked which of the evidences from the Holy Quran gave him the most hope. He replied reciting the evidence from the Holy Quran which is:
﴾ وَلَسَوْفَ يُعْطِيكَ رَبُّكَ فَتَرْضَىٰ5. And your Lord will give you, and you will be satisfied. (Holy Quran. Chapter 93. Morning Brightness. Evidence/ayat 5
When asked why he replied to the best effect that when Muhammad ﷺ on the Day of Reckoning will intercede for his people, Muhammad ﷺ will intercede with such magnanimity that it would please Almighty Allah so much because Muhammad ﷺ will recite this evidence from the Holy Quran. This said, it means that on that fateful day, the greatest hope will be with Muhammad ﷺ and the words he will recite to plead mercy. Contextualise this sepulchral, lugabrious and mirthless hour to the moment a person on death row given the opportunity of just one sentence to speak that will save his tormented soul. What would he say? What words would make up the sentence after receiving the death sentence? How would he articulate it in tone and what would the body language be to fructify his speech at the moment of death which is insuperable? These thoughts are more breathtaking than the flooding of a dry river bed. When this happens the dry river bed becomes a figment of the imagination and the forceful flow of water overwhelms the senses.
It is our inferiority complex that makes us think that we cannot. Furthermore, as oppressed or marginalised people, we stunt our potentials. Those of you who have read Article 27 and watched intently how the brave boy in war torn country captured your heart will realise that you cannot be trapped in despair. Hope is engendered in words, action and never in thought only. Give yourself seven minutes:
The hopeful feeling is addictive but not intoxicating making it clear again that there is a remarkable strength in giving hope and being hopeful. A believer then is always in the state of hope and fear. Hope in the mercy of Allah and fearful disappointing Him in thought and action. Here it means the consciousness of action drives a person to act thoughtfully each and every time. A sage once said :
An ignorant man dissatisfied with his ego is better company than a scholar satisfied with his knowledge.
The brave eloquent boy featured in ARTICLE 27 and Dr.Imtiaaz Suliman resonate with an X + 1 factor. Enough is never enough is the factor that motivates and inspires. Their awe of presence separates you from your ego as you realise how following your caprice is a laconic satisfaction with a cretinous end. Avoiding the mentality of the defeated puts you on the path of those who will work and strive until Allah, the High the Great is pleased. This categorisation is not for the feint hearted because, it is certain that Allah, the Majestic is above all human emotion but, the mere realisation that your actions are of such excellence that humans cannot comprehend speaks of divinity itself. In Article 27 the lament was the melancholic feeling of missing reading salaah/prayer and it was worded thus:
Today, there was disenchantment in my mood because of all that we are going through and it escalated when it became clear that Ramadaam will dawn without taraweeh (20 units of prayer) in congregation but; the video below surfaced on my WhatsApp, all of that dissipated instantly. That is the power of hope. It is a force.COVID-19. DAY 27. WEDNESDAY. 22 APRIL 2020. abdullahsujee.com
The force of hope drives the flood of dopamine to the brain and makes for efficacious thinking. Indulge yourself in this spellbinding anecdote from the life of Muhammad ﷺ all because it is deeply visceral to perceive human kindness which has its quintessence in hope. In a nutshell, Muhammad ﷺ walked the hot desert sands to get to Taif, a city on the outskirts of Makkah, to convey the message of Islam. Upon reaching Taif, Muhammad ﷺ he expected the proverbial Arab hospitality to reign supreme but, the response was harsh and it imperilled his mission so miserably. The chieftains set the street urchins upon Muhammad ﷺ who mocked, jeered, taunted and threw rocks and stones at him which caused him to bleed until his sandals were soaked with his blessed blood. Narration has it that the archangel, Jibril (as) descended by Allah’s lead to ask Muhammad ﷺ if he wants retribution for his horrid treatment that. Jibral said that the angel in charge of the mountains can be given permission to make the mountains collide thus annihilating Taif forever off the face of the earth. All it needs was for Muhammad ﷺ to give the command. Muhammad ﷺ responded with exulted foresight. Muhammad ﷺ said to Almighty Allah the following:
“To You, my Lord, I complain of my weakness, lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive. Most Compassionate and Merciful!
You are the Lord of the weak, and you are my Lord.
To whom do You leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy You have given power over me?
As long as you are not displeased with me, I do not care what I face.
I would, however, be much happier with Your mercy.
I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come are put in their right course against incurring your wrath or being the subject of your anger.
To You I submit, until I earn Your pleasure. Everything is powerless without your support.“
The prayer filled the heavens with tears and history proves that from Taif, Mohammad ibn Qassim, a young man of seventeen, rose and took the message of Islam to present day India. The conquest ushered a triumphant period in the Islamic history. It is a discussion for another time and what I would like is an acquiescence on the fact that Muhammad’s ﷺ prayer is full of hope, deep introspection and foresight beyond the immediate present into a future he could fathom because, of the lofty vision he encompassed through fulfilling his mission by sincere action. Really, read and reflect on the words: “I do not care what I face. I would, however, be much happier with Your mercy.” and ask yourself what it really means. He is clear that his mission is on a rocky path of colossal trials and tribulations and views it above his own life therefore, saying with the conviction of bravery that he does not care what he faces in the path save that his happiness lies in Allah’s mercy. This high order thinking comes so vividly at the time of impact therefore, is truly astounding. We, when pricked by a needle for example, will be full of expletives and rage beyond reason. Here, Muhammad ﷺ is so hopeful that he thinks in such mellifluous prose and articulates his feelings with superlative dignity and his prayer is embraced by words of wisdom embellished with reason and foresight. Is this not magnificent of Muhammad ﷺ? Of course it is. It is so because Muhammad’s ﷺ hope made him respond with such decorum that defies logic yet, it reflects as the highest order of human behaviour. This is hope and it can fill libraries with books because millions of lessons can be gleaned and millions of books can be written. Books fill libraries but, prophetic actions fills the hearts of people over and over and over to the end of time. So many books will remain unread but, the prophetic actions of man live everyday and are ‘read’ by the eyes that seek guidance. This is hope. It lives on like flowing river water that fills the endless oceans.
Oceans have depth and amongst them is the Mariana Trench. It has a depth of 10,984 metres which would make Mount Everest a guest in the Trench. Mount Everest is 8,848.86 m in elevation. The point made here is that the depth of a man’s thinking will elevate you to angelic heights but, the height of man’s disobedience will render you to sickening depths that spiritual light is also negated entry. Hope therefore, is the embodiment of man’s refinement of character and fear is the other wing that spurs on the attaining of the vision. The fear is not the fear of failure but, the fear of disappointing the One you cherish to please and in Muhammad’s ﷺ case it was always Allah the Majestic, the Everlasting, the Eternal. Hopefully, you will get the deep points made here because, ‘it is only action that the glory of thought can manifest itself.’
Article 27 has manifested so many comments thus far and my hope is that this article too, will usher its awe of presence too, and will be harbinger of hope. In my analysis then of people using Muhammad ﷺ as a benchmark it is clear that successful people have eight character traits underlined with hope. On lifehacker.com these eight character traits were highlighted as:
- PASSION – make choices in favour of it.
- WORK – really hard.
- FOCUS – on one thing at a time.
- PUSH – yourself to the limit.
- IDEAS – come up with them and explore them.
- IMPROVE – X+1 factor.
- SERVE – use your health, wealth and time.
- PERSISTENCE – keep going regardless of terrain.
Successful people are always on the learning curve. The learning curve, like the encouragement of comments on your actions, provides the understanding that people love those who grow with excellence. Why? Their lives become an inspiration. The LEARNING CURVE is based on FIVE cusps. They are:
- Conceptualisation. What you cannot imagine and write it out for yourself, you will never achieve it.
- Curiosity. The desire to know more and do more drives you to learn.
- Imagination. A vivid imagination makes you explore possibilities.
- Humility. Being an “I” specialist spoils personal growth.
- Willingness to get out of the comfort zone. You need to do things that are extraordinary or attempt to otherwise your life is just another ‘groundhog day’. (Author unknown)
Tomorrow is a new day and be hopeful and take the lesson from the sun. Even when it sets it is breathtaking. Like the sun, even your worst moment must reflect the majesty of your character. Hope is the testimony of your actions and of your life you have TODAY!
The majesty of the setting sun is just a bow to the ONE who created it.Abdullah Sujee.