Quran 41: 34
Although I have overcome my illness a while ago after a doctor forced me to take antibiotics, I still have a lingering cough and an inability to speak more than a few sentences or recite the Quran without coughing. I dont know why this isn't going away. But thanks to Allah, my health is back to normal (and has been for a while but I haven't really felt like blogging, so I apologize for not replying to ppl's comments).
Well, before I get to 41:34, I would like to quote a group of verses from surah 41 that my cousin discussed with me today. He said he read them over his father while he was dying in the hospital, because they were read to the Caliph Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (Umar II), may God be pleased with him, while he was dying and it is reported that he was visited by the Prophet and the four Caliphs when they were read out. Yes, the Prophet (pbuh) died from the material world but is alive in the spiritual world and it is possible to see him in the waking state if the veils are removed from one's eyes.
"And say not of those who are slain in the Way of Allah, 'They are dead'. Nay, they are living, though you perceive it not". (2:154)
"There where the world of bodies is, there also is the world of Spirits; there where the world of corruption is, there also is the world of purity; there where is the world of the kingdom (mulk), there also is the world of kingship (malakut); in the very place where the lower worlds are, there are to be found the higher worlds and the totality of worlds. "
"Of necessity, he can be seen in waking state only by one whose mind- or let us say, whose thoughts- have transported him from this corporeal world into the world of Spirits; there will he see the Prophet without the slightest doubt; there he will see all his friends.
The great hadith master and scholar Jalal ad-Din al-Suyuti has written a book proving this, called "Tanweer al-Halak fee Jawaaz Ru'yat an-Nabi wal-Malak".
Anyway, here are the verses (30-34) which, when heard in Arabic, simply melt the heart:
Lo! those who say: Our Lord is Allah, and afterward are upright, the angels descend upon them, saying: Fear not nor grieve, but hear good tidings of the paradise which ye are promised. * We are your protecting friends in the life of the world and in the Hereafter. There ye will have all that your souls desire, and there ye will have all for which ye pray. * A gift of welcome from One Forgiving, Merciful. * And who is better in speech than him who prayeth unto his Lord and doeth right, and saith: Lo! I am of those who are muslims (surrender unto Him). * The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel [evil deeds] with that which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity will become as though he was a bosom friend.
Well, the last one, about repelling the good deed with one that is better, is the verse I want to talk about specifically. A few days ago I posted a questions on a bodybuilding forum asking if there are any Muslims around and what they will be doing for Ramadan in regards to training and nutrition. Well, I immediately got a bunch of hateful responses against Islam and myself. I didnt know how to respond, because I knew if I quoted verses from the Qur'an they wouldn't listen, and they'd find some Christian site which has a ready-made list of verses mistranslated or taken out of context to attack Islam. And I knew replying angrily was not the answer. So I decided to reply with a joke. No need to repeat all that I said, but I answered with a pretty funny joke in which I played along with them, and they found it to be hilarious and somehow they flipped. From attacking Islam, they switched to apologizing to me, telling me that what they said was uncalled for, and trying to help me out as much as possible in regards to planning the month of Ramadan for working out. The whole mood on the thread switched from a bunch of attacks to a bunch of people helping me out and wishing me a blessed Ramadan. I'm not just talking about one person here. Many people who didnt like me simply because I was Muslim and were always hating on me and anything I said on the forums were now offering to help me and acting really nice. All because I decided to act as if they were friends and reply with a funny joke. And it turned out they really are good people after all.
Subhan Allah! Repel the bad with that which is better, and he between whom and you was enmity would be as if he were a warm friend. Sadaq Allah al-Azeem.