...with regards to the past, and that of the future...

By imakubex
bismillahirrahmanirrahim...

i was thinking in the heavy rain whilst walking to a church, how funny we humans think. we know not a quarter of what is going on yet we ramble about it all the time...

this is especially true about what we call as hikmah, which we usually seem to discover when we are down, or at times when misfortune befalls us...

we often regret the decisions we make, often thinking of how better another decision made at that particular point in time will affect the future, and we contemplate on our infinite 'ifs' and 'elses'...

but the truth is, it is infinitely more interesting to see how the present is to behave with what decisions that we have made. if we screwed up, then how will the world take its course, that is the more interesting question...

for example, if Hitler did not screw up the battle of Stalingrad, then it can be strongly argued that we will all speak German now, and Hitler's plan of world domination may come into existence. that is rather uninteresting, to me. because at that particular point of time, people may have known what is to come within 10 years of Hitler conquering the world.

on the other hand, who is to know what will be the fate of the world if the allies are to win? how will they treat the vanquished nations of Germany and Japan? will they exact revenge, or will they act mercifully? how much of Japan's and Germany's sovereignty will be left after they have been conquered?

we might know the answer to these questions now, it is, after all, history. but to those people who lived during those turbulent times will not have a clear cut answer. therefore, it is more interesting, at least i would think as much...

this can also be scaled down to more mundane matters in life. think about this hard, and you will understand what i mean. think of how it is much more interesting when people fail to accomplish what they want to, and how that will motivate them to do more, or how they will crumble away and do nothing to improve the situation. it is more interesting to see how failing defines a person, and how the world will change in response to that...

i am also intrigued by the nature in which we think about this matter, the past and the 'hikmah' or wisdom that is usually associated with it. i find it somewhat amazing that muslims especially don't take the time off to think about how many great wisdom that is around us...

for example, the natural tendency of the universe is to go down in energy, hence up in stability. we tend to think of the sun being overshadowed by the night, and that darkness creeps up to envelop the day, but the truth is, it is the sun that is interfering with the darkness of space, and is foreign to the monotonous emptiness of space...

that, in itself, has a huge amount of thought in that. look up in the Quran, and one will find various verses regarding the darkness of night and day,and then one realizes that there is a significant meaning attached to these matters...

there is wisdom in virtually everything around us, even the person who is reading this post. the mere fact that you are alive, and somehow your brain is able to decipher these seemingly random wave packets coming into a telescopic device attached to your brain which, through electric interactions governed by electrical laws, which, with the same brain, humans are able to discover, and make sense of that i am saying...

why are we so ignorant about this? we never think beyond ourselves and what we need to satisfy our own wants. we seldom take a step back and see life in a sort of bird's eye view....

yet, we are content to live life as it is, complaining about every single misfortune, never looking beyond that which is apparent...

is such a life fruitful enough? i know my answer, hope that will not change, insyaALLAH...

wallahua'lam
 

3 comments so far.

  1. Aisyah 11 March 2008 at 06:53
    yes, the infinite ifs and elses and wondering how will things turn out if diff decisions are made.

    for looking back and and to learn from our own and others mistake are what we should be doing.

    nice.what a reflection.
  2. Anonymous 12 March 2008 at 15:23
    a nice reminder...


    what ever Allah had gave us... it has hikmah behind it.. 'we' with the knowledge we have will never find out everything that Allah has gave us... "you may think something is good for you but it is bad for Allah, and you think something is bad for you, but it is good to Allah" (2:216)

    may we always be grateful n thankful to Allah for whatever Allah gave us, even though, for now it seems like a bad thing for u.
  3. mankapak 1 May 2008 at 04:24
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    melayu-totok.blogspot.com

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