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In this world you cannot do as you like. The only ONE who can do as He likes is ALLAH because He owns you, the earth, the skies and everything that is in them whether seen or unseen.
HE maps out everyone’s life and records it in Lahul Mahfuz, the Book of Creation. He changes the map as He wills or keeps them as they are. Before you are born, this is what happens. (I will simplify this process to its simplest form – excerpt from Hadcith Rasulullah)
“Everyone goes through a process of 4 stages of development when in his/her mother’s womb. The first 40 days, the sperm and the egg develops into a lump of blood and develops into an embryo the size of a lentil (sebiji kacang dal), then the next 40 days it develops into a lump of “meat” (The embryo's facial features are forming with dark spots where the eyes are, openings where the nostrils will be, and pits to mark the ears, etc.). When the fetus is 120 days old, Allah sends the angel to blow His ruh into the fetus and He ordered to malaikat to record 4 things into the fetus which decides the baby’s rezeki (provisions and bounties like wealth, children, good health, etc) the life span (the time of birth and death and how he/she is going to die), the religious practice (amal whether he/she is going to be an obedient slave or a kafir. NB: some people who were born kafir, by Allah’s will he/she is reverted to Islam)) and his/her fate in life (whether to be a person with His blessing (barakat) or a person despised and left astrayed by Him). Rasulullah was not a medical doctor but he got all his info directly from Allah, the Creator of all forms of Life.
It is not just our life belongs to Allah but everything inside us belongs to Him. Whatever He has given us must not be abused or He will take them back. Just recently, a beautiful 22 year-old Turkish girl who had won many beauty contests in her home town, met with a traffic accident on her way to the national beauty pageant in Istanbul. In the accident, her face was disfigured and her arms and legs were broken. She was a Muslim.
Your body is not yours. If you misused it, Allah will damage it through so many ways that you never thought of. He can paralyse half of your body or whole of it. In the kubur, the earth will damage your body into bits to be eaten by worms, unless it is the body of a prophet, wali, or those whom Allah accepts.
Christopher Reeve, a physically strong man (1952-2004) who had acted in many Superman movies and showed the whole world that he could carry the planet Earth with one hand died as a quadriplegic, aged 52. Allah made him fall from his horse. He was not a superman after all.
Muhammad Ali, once a world renowned boxer who always bragged “I am the Greatest”, At age 42 (in 1984) Allah infected him with Parkinson's disease. Since then, he could not walk properly, talk properly and all parts of his body shake when he moves. He is not “the Greatest” if someone had told him that his body does not belong to him.
How many billionaires had turned into bankrupts and how many wealthy banks in USA had to be rescued by the US government to save the money of the customers? Wealth belongs to Allah, and if misused, Allah will take it back. In the Qur’an, He explains that it is He who expands the rezeki of anyone and it is He who contracts the rezeki.
If you have successfully achieved a high education which lands you with a good career, that is a blessing from Allah. Your cleverness and intelligence are not your own creation. He can make you clever today and He can make you stupid tomorrow. He can make you sharp and alert today and He can make you insane tomorrow. Your brain is His creation.
If you are healthy, that is also a gift from Allah, because He can make you sick and He can paralyse you tomorrow through so many of His mysterious ways. There are 1001 sickness which Allah can befall upon you, from simple allergies to serious chronic diseases.
In short, no one is free to do what he/she likes. Everyone is bound by the rules of Allah.
Your freedom and human rights are what Allah has set for you in the al-Qur’an and Rasulullah’s Hadith. Islamic life has a discipline, the rules and regulations in all matter of life. If you are clever, you would choose a safe life under the protection of Allah by sticking to His laws. We have the 5 rukuns of being a Muslim, the 6 rukuns of Iman, and the laws of Haram and Halal.
No one lives forever in this world. (Kullu nafsin dza iqatul maut). Our real future is in Akhirat, the permanent abode. There are only two countries in Akhirat – Paradise or Hell. Choose where you want to be from NOW !!!
May Allah guide me and you along the straight path, so that we can have a happy life in this world and the next….insyaAllah.
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ (2:201)
"Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and protect us from the torture of Fire." -
"Ya Tuhan kami, berilah kami kebaikan di dunia dan kebaikan di akhirat dan peliharalah kami dari siksa neraka"".
“وَلاَ تَمْشِ فِي الأَرْضِ مَرَحًا إِنَّكَ لَن تَخْرِقَ الأَرْضَ وَلَن تَبْلُغَ الْجِبَالَ طُولاً
And don’t walk on Earth with arrogance: for, verily, you can never penetrate the Earth and you can never be as tall as the mountains"
Dan janganlah kamu berjalan di muka bumi ini dengan sombong karena sesungguhnya kamu sekali-kali tidak dapat menembus bumi dan sekali-kali kamu tidak setinggi gunung. (QS 117:37)