Lesson of Lineage

Surah An Nisa  (4th Chapter of the Quran entitled The Women) starts with one of the most profound verses in the Quran:

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah , through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.” Surah An Nisa 4:1

If we internalize that we are all from Adam and Eve and that they both were created from the same soul, we would realize that our very essence is the same.  We would realize that our differences are beautiful proofs that God exists, instead of seeing our differences as proof that our egos do. Racism ends, sexism ends, and classicism ends when we realize that we are all the children of one pair and that we came from one soul.

The relationship between any two human beings was a relationship that bonded them together with love, mercy and tranquility. As my teacher Imam Zaid says “we come together because of love, but we stay together because of mercy.” How can we hate our brothers or sisters, when we are all part of this beautiful story of the human race? No matter if you grew up in a household that was tranquil and loving, at the very least you can go back in time to the mother and father we all share who were created for each other. Our Father Adam, peace be upon him, is a Prophet of God, Alhamdulillah, all praise and thanks is due to God. Every man and woman is the son or daughter of a Prophet. Every man and woman is from a mother and father who lived in Paradise.

God invites us back home to that place where our parents lived in tranquility, in love and in mercy, we just have to get through this journey that sometimes proves difficult. Maybe we don’t remember the conversation we had with God, but somewhere deep in our hearts, we do. Its that part of us that goes silent when we hear His names, the recitation of His revelation to humankind or when we witness moment of the sublime like the sun leaving the sky.

Some of us grew up in broken homes, or are in broken homes, but God speaks of a home unbroken, a familiar place our parents have been. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. We all seek it, some people look for it in this life, retiring on warm beaches in tropical pararadises, while others study biology looking for a way to stop aging and others heed the words of God to a place where those realities of eternal good weather, good food, good company and good health are woven into its fabric: Paradise. A garden we return to, inshaAllah, God willing.

In short, we know and like the song lyrics “Forever young, I want to be forever young. You and me are going to live forever, forever, forever” because God willing, we will.

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