The Light of Truth

February 17, 2013

Surah Al-Isra

Say: “O my Lord! let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence an authority to aid (me).” (80) And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.” (81)
Imagine yourself in a room with the walls painted black, and all you have, to find your way around that room, is a candle, and wind is attacking the flame from all directions, trying to put it out. How difficult it would be, bumping into furniture, dropping wax on your hand, to find your way around.
Now, imagine the same situation, with one slight change, the walls are painted white this time. And now that there is something to reflect the light off of you are more aware of your whereabouts and are able to identify the source of wind,  maybe an open window which you can now safely reach and close in order to save your candle from burning out.
This is what the truth is! It is the white paint on the walls which helps you find your way through life! And Allah in His infinite mercy, sent the torch-bearer, the bringer of light, the protector and promoter of truth, none other than the most beautiful of creations, Muhammad (SAW), May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him! Sent to guide mankind out of darkness, to protect them and warn them of the danger of the darkness, that it is nothing but disaster and disgrace!
From the words of Allah Almighty Himself, the Creator of whatever lies in the heavens and the earth, there is proof that, truth will always trump falsehood. Yet we deny this fact every day of our lives! Thinking that lying, cheating and bribery is our only way out of our problems! Making our needs our gods, thinking, we are in control of fulfilling our needs! Forgetting that it is Allah, Who is in control! How blatantly we deny His words! It is because we have painted our walls black, and cannot find our way out of the shackles of falsehood.
Stand by the truth, no matter how hard! Never back down! If you choose the path of falsehood you are “bound to perish”! There are living examples of this, everywhere around us! Those who stand by the truth, even though hardship is all they see, they do not falter. They are fulfilling their duty to their Lord! And surely they shall succeed! All those honorable and truthful police officers, who deny bribery and any form of falsehood to protect us and our families, I salute you! All those honorable and truthful government officials, soldiers, and even sweepers on the street who earn their livelihood by sacrificing the comforts they are offered to give up their honesty and truthfulness, I salute you! You are the true believers, the protecting gates of truth! You are the ones who are truly following the greatest Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), to safeguard truth!
Sticking to the truth can sometimes mean putting your life at risk, jumping into a pit of snakes, walking into a burning  forest! Those of you who still deny what is wrong to protect what is right, you are like the companions of the Prophet (SAW) who looked death straight in the face and renounced falsehood! Not for a moment did they think otherwise, as they had found Allah, and their faith in the fact that Allah will protect them no matter what, was unbreakable! Knowing that, Allah is the master of life and death! Knowing that, Allah is what they wanted, even if that meant giving up their life in this world!
May Allah grant us all the ability to stand up against what is wrong, to fight for what is right! May Allah grant us the strength to overcome our fear of those who threaten to harm us for speaking and acting the truth! And May Allah protect all those who ARE speaking and acting the truth. Ameen!
Denying the truth is, denying your existence!

2 Responses to “The Light of Truth”

  1. Tammy Says:

    I really like the analogy of the room with painted walls.

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