Monday, June 27, 2011

Individuality is Nice, but to a Limit

It's interesting watching my pets. My eldest cat (almost 7 years) hates male cats with a passion, however with my female kitten she'll run around and make a fool out of herself, playing like a kitten. My budgies are way different. There are two males and two females. The females are pretty aloof of each other, only acknowledging the other with a bite if one come too close. The males aren't choosy with their friends, they'll warble, bobble, and feed whomsoever they please.

The canary is a loner and likes it like that; he sings all day and would at night too, if he wasn't covered. The finches, well they are so inconspicuous you don't really remember they are around. They spend most of the day huddled in one corner or the other.

The pets remind me a lot of human beings. We all have our own ways of doing things, what we like and when we like. There's no imposing on another person that you have to like bright shiny things, or it's wrong that you don't enjoy the taste of muton. Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala has made every person different and we should appreciate that.

However, the major way in which we differ from animals is that there should be no individuality when it comes to Allah and His Rasul Salla Allahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam. In this there is only one way, and that is to follow what Allah Ta'aala and Rasulullah Salla Allahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam tell us. There's no such thing as ones own opinions and likes and dislikes when Allah Ta'aala's orders comes in. Even if there is a dislike, we suppress our nafs and follow the command, because the dislike is due to own failure in understanding Allah Ta'aala's wisdom.

It's like Moulana Yunus Patel saheb Daamat Barakaatuhum says...

"We must be broad minded, but not so broad minded that the brains fall out!"

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