Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Beautiful Story

This is the story in the Bible [Luke: 7] of the woman who lived a sinful life and came to repent before God's Messenger (Jesus Christ, peace be upon him) and how despite her many sins, she was forgiven because of her love and faith. It teaches us not to be judgmental and the power of faith to transform sinners into saints. This video is made by Youtuber "TogetherForPeace" and his channel is a great channel for Christians and non-Christians that promotes peace, understanding, and mutual respect for the faithful.

I like this video because it shows the message of the Abrahamic faiths in sum; that we should look past the ugly in others and in ourselves and realize that God's perfection is in dealing with imperfect beings and forgiving us and the love that He has in forgiving us. There is a hadith of a similar account where a prostitute was forgiven by a simple act of kindness to an animal:

Sahih al-Bukhari: Vol.4, Book 54, #538:

Narrated by Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that."

As believers in God, whatever faith we choose to follow, we should look past the surface of a person and try to empathize with them. It is said in another hadith that "the believer is not stung twice by the same calamity." When we sin we wrong our own souls, so when a sinner realizes this self-torment and wishes to change, he/she should not be reprimanded twice by being judged for such a sin and have to deal with the natural burdens that sin carries as well. Rather, he/she should be comforted and helped as we would seek the same. On the Day of Judgment there is only one on the judgment seat and that is God. This is not the day nor the life of judgment but the life of repentance. We are earning mistakes but we are also earning forgiveness, and God's infinite mercy will see to it that we will be forgiven one day God-willing.

Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[Qur'an 2:62, 5:69]


Anonymous said...

Quick thought on mind...... If we are so much like each other I fail to understand why we can't just live happily together! Why be so distant! Why don't these people understand that it's not about brain it's about the spirit and the faith!!!!!! Allah made us not so we can argue and end innocent people!!!
Just because you don't agree with someting you shouldn't disrepute it!!!!
Thanks your article was really enlighting!

Ruhudeen Ali said...

Thank you for your comments. And I agree, differences make us unique but doesn't become a reason for antagonization. If Allah really wanted to, He could have easily made us all one people, following one religion (as the Qur'an says) but He wills for us to have our own way to Him. We should all then try to be the best Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, etc that we can be.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, yet we are so into the "No I am better" perspective. Yes you are right If Allah wanted we could have all been the same religion but no he gave us all our own religions not so we prove the others wrong but so that we find the common link between us all which the believer within us all! Also I would like to add that without knowing the entire truth we have no right to critisize another religion.

Ruhudeen Ali said...

Thank you for the comments Anonymous #2

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