Monday, February 06, 2006

"Earth from Earth"

"Earth from earth"

Abu Musa al-Ash`ari - Allah be well-pleased with him - relates that the Prophet (s.a.w) said –

“ Truly, Allah Most High created Adam from a handful of earth He took from all the corners of the earth. Hence did human beings come according to the earth: among them the red, the white, the black, and those in-between; the plain and the arduous; the vicious and the good.”

It was narrated by Abu Dawud and al-Tirmidhi (who graded it hasan sahih) in their Sunan, and Ahmad in his Musnad - Allah Most High have mercy on them.

The closest we can get to Allah in this Dunya is in Salah, particularly in prostration. We lower our knees and forehead to the earth, to the dirt the lowest of all elements. Not only does it instill humility in the depths of our souls but it also reminds us where we are from.

We have been created from the earth, born in the wombs our mothers, taking the journey of life and soon to taste death, returning us to the depths of the earth. Where upon reality will become crystal clear…

"Life is short, time is precious, death near, and the distance to travel great, while the moment of standing before God to account for everything, however insignificant, is daunting and hard,"

Imam al-Haddad