Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Traveller's sickness

A journey travelled by many. Many of whom stop and admire the beauty of temporary shelter. Such attractiveness of the shelter, that many travellers forget their purpose of the journey.

The heart gets infected and acquires much kind of diseases. Pure heart becomes beleaguered by diseases that most of them are curable. Pure mind becomes filthy and the purpose of the journey slowly erased and forgotten.

Traveller's sickness. The travellers have been given prophylaxis and management plan prior to their journey. But they become too much absorbed with the temporary beauty of the shelter.

Who are those travellers? They are you and I. All of us are travellers and our journey will end soon. Our heart once a pure one, now becomes infiltrated with many diseases. Hatred, jealousy, name a few. Our but we tend to put the Holy Book aside and continue to enjoy the temporary shelter of this world.

On the authority of Ibn 'Umar, radiyallahu 'anhuma, who said: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, took me by the shoulder and said:
"Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler/wayfarer."

Ibn 'Umar used to say:
"When evening comes, do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness, and from your life for your death."


Cure our sickness by reading the verses of Holy Quran. Contemplate on the meaning and try as much as possible to apply the lesson learned from those verses. Don't let those sickness sway our mind and soul again and again.

"Have they not traveled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind." [22:46]

A reminder to the author and to those who are still traveling in search of truth and gaining the mercy and blessing from Allah SWT.

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