بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين
It’s been His methodology. His Way. To collect the strongest of his armies to destroy the idols.
That is their fate.
They are destined to break. Eventually.
In the dusty annals of history, those idols can be found around the glorious Ka’bah, the landmark that commemorates the rituals of Tawheed today. And today too, like in the past, such idols can be found tucked away in the dark concave corners of our hearts where we wouldn’t let anyone in. Hidden and guarded, fiercely.
Our idols could be any deterrent of attaining true ‘Uboodiyah. It could be a prestigious job/university offer we’re chasing, a potential spouse, love of our child, sleep, any bad habit or any favourite sport.
Anything that predominantly orbits your mind in your waking hours could be described as your idol.
We foolishly decorate the idols in our hearts year after year with a new hope and expectation not realizing that we are setting ourselves up for disaster because truly when those idols break (and they have to break), our hearts scream with the stab.
That broken expectation you blame your child, spouse, parent for…well, it was your attachment to His Creations more than the Creator.
That sinking empty feeling? Yes, that sums it up well.
I didn’t realize but for the past few years, I had set up a few idols in my heart. Allah swt broke them one by one until my heart was completely empty to receive His Nourishing Love. But then I lost my way again and set up few more idols and after a major rude awakening, I’ve come back to my senses.
Every broken expectation that brought on a series of stormy life’s events have made me understand His Words better. Each one of them was worth it because they helped me internalize the following golden ayah from His Beautiful Book:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ
“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah…”
[Surat’l Baqarah, 2:part of ayah 165]
The next ayaat after the one quoted above talk about the dissociation of the ones people followed and loved. Allah swt talks about the regret. Nobody would want that regret.
After every broken expectation, we regret wasting our emotions on something that wasn’t worth investing in. Isn’t it better to dissociate ourselves before we regret?
Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with loving your child, spouse and parent. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters anywhere in the world.
But the intensity should be greater for Him. For anything that disrupts that balance becomes an idol in our hearts and if we don’t destroy it, then Allah swt takes it upon Himself to do so…even if it involves a major blow or heartache.
Allah swt wills no harm. We are usually our own enemies, making our otherwise beautiful lives, chaotic by sculpting our idols in the mold of emotions and improperly placing them on a pedestal.
We must define our idols, break them, and let our heart orbit around the Only One Supreme being. None of these idols will hasten our affairs in the next world. None of these idols will lead to long lasting happiness in either world.
Once you stop loving Allah swt, you start loving anything. Keep monitoring the level of your love for Him. Perhaps one day, our struggle will win us His Love too.
Listen, it doesn’t matter even if it means breaking the very idols you are grappling onto to just stand. It’s going to hurt but it’s going to be so worth it inshaa’Allah for He swt will walk with you in your hard times of loneliness.
Every idol is a burden you carry. A seed of regret you’re sowing.
Get rid of it.
When others are drowning in their own sweat, wouldn’t it be beautiful that Allah swt boasts about you and me…and our epic tales of us willingly breaking our own idols?
Take charge of your tazkiyah today because:
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّـهَا
وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّـهَا
And Allah swt knows best.