In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Say, ‘Everyone acts according to his own way, and your Lord knows full well who is best guided.’
– Surah Bani Israel (17:85)
Everyone has different perspectives. But what makes one corrective and the other defective? Is there such a thing as being objective, or is everything irrespectively subjective? In this matter, humans seem to be arbitrarily selective and are rarely introspective. On this issue, I hope, I can be just a little reflective.
In order to illustrate, I want to narrate the story of two strangers walking down a street. Both of their minds were aligned to a different beat. When one saw the sun and felt its heat, he couldn’t help but shun what the other felt as sweet. To one, the nature of the sun represented conceited deceit, for though it gives life, its ultraviolet light and its eventual eruption will be the cause of our destruction, as its power will one day devour the earth, negating the worth of its birth. To the other, the sun was rather another mother, without which he could never develop further.
Now, neither of them were wrong yet both of them were right, but where one heard our swan song, the other saw life take flight. This was just a matter of perspective, and it was their independent elective directive to arrive at their respective prospective. It was just the way they came to see, as a result of the way they came to be.
Once upon a time, there were two partners in crime, that rose up the ladder to climb, knowing that they were prime specimens of grime and slime. While still young, one of them realized he was clung to dung, and would soon get stung, so he sprung and flung from the game and lived the rest of his days strung to a sense of shame. He was forever in self-blame and could never attain his aim of self-peace through the doing of good deeds as his preceding misdeeds impeded his need to succeed, and he became deceased while his conscience still bleeds. The other lived a life of ease despite the diseases attached to his sleaze. However, when he grew old, he realized his cold and decided to fold as his heart’s hole foretold the approaching of his death, encroaching upon his breath. So he sold all his ill-gotten gold in return for his soul. He felt he had been paroled and he died while his conscience was consoled.
Of the two, in your view, which would you choose to pursue and conform to? This is just a matter of perspective, and it is your independent elective directive to arrive at your respective prospective. It is just the way that you have come to see, as a result of the way that you have come to be.
So, what is the moral of the story? It is to never judge people for the way to them things seem, for life is just a matter of perspective, and it is everyone’s independent elective directive to arrive at their respective prospective. It is just the way that people have come to see, as a result of the way that they have come to be. People, themselves, are rarely what they appear to seem. Now, did you even catch the change in theme? Wa aakhirud da’waanaa anil hamdulillaahi rabbil ‘aalameen!
IMAM HAMMAD AHMAD is the Tarbiyyat Team’s resident missionary. Imam Hammad was born in Sierra Leone and raised in Toronto. He graduated from Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada in 2011, and has since served in Vancouver and Winnipeg in Western Canada; Rabwah, Pakistan; and in Buvuunya, Uganda.