An End Leading to a Beginning

July 17, 2011

Three! Two! One! GO! The race is on! Each sprinter has his eyes locked onto his track and is bursting away with all his might! There is no time to look around at the other contestants, all that’s left is him and his faith pushing him all the way. But lets look at the race at several thousand frames per second. Watching each step lift off the track and making its way back after several frames is like an entire journey on its own. Each muscle, tendon, vein, artery and bone is playing its role in that journey! After every stride there is a new one. But wait, is the stride the same as the last one? No it’s not, the oxygen is lessening in the blood, the body is losing water, the muscles are heating up and each stride becomes more difficult than the preceding one. However, there is one thing that is increasing in each stride, and that is the adrenaline! It’s like a commander giving his men the courage, telling them that now is not the time to give up, fighting till the last breath is the only way to win! And the body keeps going on and on, till it reaches its destiny!

My friends, life is like that race, each step has a story of its own! A beginning, an end, and everything in between! I’ll not get into all the potential and kinetic energy aspect of it all, but just stick to the changing conditions of each step. I just transitioned from one to the other recently, and it struck me, how different things get. Maybe not physically, as much as mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. From academics to the professional track is quite an eye-opening transition. I’ve said this time and time again, looking at the time that has passed, seems so insignificantly short, literally a blink of an eye! But so much has passed, so much has been learnt, and so much has been forgotten.

The end of my academics was a fruitful one, got a good GPA, got a job, and on my way to graduation (three days to my convocation)! Lost a lot of brain cells, though! Studying stuff like, Microwave Engineering, Electromagnetic Theory , and anything that had mathematics in it, made life a living hell! But it all ended well! Thank you Allah for the blessings you bestowed on me!

I’ve managed to understand that each step of life is one to learn from. It’s hard at times, but like the adrenaline in the race, we should use faith and hope to keep us going! Knowing that Allah has brought us to this point, He’ll get us to the next too. There is nothing to worry about! Just keep praying and never let go of that. This reminds me of  a verse from the Holy Quran:

And hold fast, all together by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that ye may be guided. (103)

It’s always good to remind yourself that maybe you might believe that money, people, or things are what make life easy, but when life comes to an end all these things are left behind, and there is only one relationship that remains, and that is between you and Allah. If you don’t make a strong relationship now, it might be too late later. I’m using the word “might” because, Allah is Most Gracious Most Merciful, and no one knows who will be the prosperous one on the Day of Judgement, that is for Him to decide!

May we all work on making our bond with Allah strong! For the sake of comfort in this life and the next! Ameen!


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