Surah Al Shuara ,one of the longer Surah in the Quran
containing altogether 227 verses ,in the main recollect the epic
stories around Moses and Abraham. Abraham 's father a corporate guy of
that time ,chief idol maker in a society not much probably different
from that of Bali , Indonesia now ,where prayers and offerings form a
major part of their lives .
If one care to ask one of those prettily
dressed ladies of Bali why she is doing this and that and spending a
significant sum of their meagre income on flowers for the gods the
answer will be simple :Our fathers and forefathers and their
forefathers used to do this .
Abraham's devotion and love to his errant father is
exemplified in the following verses .To me this also reflects a
tragedy in our lives :there will come a time when we will be separated
from our loved ones on the basis of our Din and aqidah ,
'And forgive my father .Lo ! he is of those who err .And Abase me
not on the day when they are raised , The day when wealth and sons
avail not [any man] . Save him who bringeth unto Allah a whole
The key phrase here I think is 'Save him who bringeth unto
Allah his whole heart ' .The question we need to ask ourselves is :Are
we already there or are we just like that prettily clad Balinese
ladies happily going through life bathe in ignorance and complacence .
Dr Nik Howk
February 15th 2008