Daily Archives: April 4, 2012
That Piece of Cloth
Note: This was Originally written by a sister but I edited it with her permission and made it a bit longer and in a kind of conversation…
Why do you wear that piece of cloth? They ask;
To us it seems such a difficult task;
If we had to cover ourselves all day;
Hiding our beauty from the world, no way;
That piece of cloth has really no use;
Following religion is just an excuse;
That piece of cloth is so not the fashion;
That piece of cloth is just some oppression.
That piece of cloth, flying with wind;
That piece of cloth, throwing colors around;
That piece of cloth, gives me peace of mind;
That piece of cloth, keeps me safe and sound;
That piece of cloth is my own choice;
It is my identity; it gives me a voice;
That piece of cloth, truly hard to explain;
That piece of cloth is beyond beautiful;
It gives me no humiliation or shame;
That piece of cloth makes my life meaningful;
That piece of cloth, they say is oppression;
That piece of cloth is my satisfaction.
Why did the Stem Cry? (Hadith No. 739)
Volume 2, Book 13, Number 739:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
The Prophet used to stand by a stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit was placed for him we heard that stem crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.
You know when they say ‘even walls have ears’, they’re not lying. Everything that surrounds us can sense or feel (totally unofficial my-own-theory type statement). The way I see it, it’s part of a master plan. You see, everything around us senses or feels us, our actions, our sounds etc. For example, this Earth beneath your feet determines your footsteps, did you walk on Earth with pride or humility? This is how, on the Day of Judgement, there’ll be evidence for you or against you. You see? Even your skins will begin to speak, because Allah will give them the ability to do so. Only to provide evidence. All for THAT day.
So about the stem that cried.. Why did it cry? Because it would no longer have Prophet (SAW)’s company every now and then. Because it had been replaced by a wooden pulpit. Because only being of the littlest service to the Messenger (SAW) meant having the best of this world. Because only being related with him in any way was such an honor.
From being a random stem of a regular date-palm tree to ‘the Prophet’s pulpit’. SubhanAllah!
And notice the reaction of the Prophet (SAW). He gets down there and puts his hand over it, like he was consoling it. That is complete aww-ness. <3