Thursday, October 11, 2012

Frodo and Sam

Sam: Do you remember the Shire Mr Frodo? It’ll be spring soon, and the orchards will be in blossom, and the birds will be nestling in the hazel thicket, and the whistle in the summer barley in the Lower Fields, and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

Frodo: No, Sam. I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass..


That was Frodo, after such hardships along the journey. Tired. They were already so close, yet the pain and darkness were now becoming too much for him to bear. And, even until the end, Frodo never did recover..

Pain and sufferings can have an everlasting effect. The sufferers of long-term illnesses may have different perceptions of life. Children who suffered childhood abuses may carry their fear and helplessness over into their adulthood. War victims may never look at people and buildings the same way again. Some recover, some may not.  

Be it physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, when it stretches for too long or when the severity is too great, the traumatised victims lose energy, hope and will. All happiness will seem to fade away. Senses and thoughts are on their edges and can only revolve themselves around the present pain. There’s no more capacity in the mind to be diverted back to those fond memories of yesteryears, nor is there any more energy to produce happy hormones for positive wishful thinking of the future.

Our situations in an-Naar are way, beyond that.

Al Qur’an, 79:46During that period (the eternal life) they will see that is as though they had not remained (in the world) except for an ‘Ashiyyah (the time it takes for the sun to set below the horizon) or the period of twilight.” 

Rasulullah s.a.w said: "One of the people of Hell who found the most pleasure in the life of this world will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection, and will be dipped into the Fire of Hell. Then he will be asked: O son of Adam, have you ever seen anything good? Have you ever enjoyed any pleasure?" He will say, "No, by Allah (swt), O Rabb"" (HR Muslim).

How much depression would we get if in an-Naar we wouldn’t remember even a second of goodness on earth? How can we ever imagine its traumatic effect on ourselves if the ‘earth-level’ torments can already result in suicides? (And earth’s worth is less than even a mosquito’s wing to Allah swt).Whether we bear the torture with patience or not, we will certainly continue being the end receiver of never ending physical and emotional abuses and tend to lose all hope of a lesser punishment, what more numbness to pain or to ever come out.

 Sometimes we sympathise those with psychological disorders here. But if we’re prisoners of an-Naar, we’ll be worse. Mentally and physically, we’ll be brought down to become the lowest of lowlife.We’ll loathe our own existence, wishing we’re dust.

At least, for future safety, let the strivers strive. Ittaqullah.. Ittaqullah.!!

Like it or not while we still can, save ourselves. If we fall down, we get back up again. If need be by force so be it. There is no rest, for there never is a rest. 

Rest is only when the feet enters Jannah.

So keep on striving. Follow the Path. Towards the Few.

Rabbana aatina fiddunya hasanah, wa fil akhirati hasanah, waqina ‘azab an Naar, waqina 'azab an Naar, waqina 'azab an Naar.