Different League

I was once advised by a Mahaguru not to pick a fight with an individual who has a massive strength. That is the wisdom of a martial art fight. But, the legend about David who defeated Goliath was not a myth. In fact, the Abrahamic religions believed it was true. So, was it just a pure luck or something else? A divine intervention perhaps?

In the past, human-being differentiates the strengths in a number of simple ways. The simplest way is by looking at someone’s physical strengths such as the ability to knock-down an opponent, or the ability to defend oneself. Then, came a time when a person’s strengths are evaluated based on its logical faculties such as thinking and memorization. When wars or battles erupted, people with higher strengths in intellectual faculties are demanded to lead the armies, which has always been a proven method in winning any conflicts in the past, intellectual strengths will always be advantageous against the physical strengths!

Presently, we love to compare ourselves with the people around us. This is because we were brought up in a modern and sophisticated education system where all are given fair opportunities to obtain what we call – the knowledge. The only mystery to this system is that we are only offered with the common knowledge, but not the “secret” knowledge!

This defective system we were brought up is focusing only on the competitiveness of face value such as how we score in an examination or how we fare in a sports event. Despite numerous efforts by academicians and experts in trying to provide alternative systems, we are now trapped in a perception games of achievements in term of materials gain or accolades. In other words, the performance indicators of an individual are by how many medals they have acquired in their lifetime! We are now back to square one, like during the era of Romans or Greek Civilisation!

Having said all that, we haven’t found one single factor that determines one’s chances in life, which is the ability to acquire the “secret” knowledge.

That is why, we should go back to the tradition of Islam – as mentioned in a hadith Sahih:

Abu Huraira r.a. narrated that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w said:

“Allah, the Exalted said… “Whoever takes a Wali of Mine an enemy, I will wage war on him; and My slave will not perform any act with which he draws closer to Me, more beloved to Me then when he fulfills what I have ordained on him; and My slave will keep drawing closer to Me by performing the Nawafil (voluntary acts of worship) until I love him, and when I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hands with which he strikes, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him; and if he seeks refuge with Me, I will grant him refuge”. [Saheeh Bukharee]

According to the above authentic hadith, there are individuals who have a very strong connection with the Almighty Creator, Allah s.w.t.

These individuals are called a Wali. It means literally a friend of Allah, or in other words, they take Allah as their true friend. These are the people who are living and standing in a different league than us. The only problem is that we do not know who these people are. This is one of the secrets that Allah has kept away from us, and that is why we must always be careful not to take a fight with anyone, especially if that person has all the qualities a Wali of Allah possess.

There is no physical or intellectual standard to be a Wali of Allah, but only some required standards in the area of Islam (the submission to Allah – actions), Iman (strong faiths or beliefs – conviction) and Ihsan (the ability to be consistent or Istiqamah – will power). If you see someone with very consistent actions, strong convictions towards the truth and has a very strong will power, you should be very careful – because he or she might be one of those we call, a Wali of Allah. Instead of taking a fight against this person, we should befriend with him, rather.

I am commenting on the above issue because we are very quick to judge someone based on its physical and intellectual achievements. We may want to advise someone close to us if he or she has done something we believe should not be done – such as driving recklessly or smoking a cigarette, but never pick up a fight with anyone unless they have done something we should defend ourselves against.

In the international political arena, we are looking at the issues where big countries are bullying the smaller ones such as how Qatar is being mistreated by her neighbors recently. We also should look at how the Palestineans are being unfairly treated by almost all world leaders except the very few brave ones. Despite all these, we are not done in judging others based on their size and power. Remember, when Allah s.w.t. takes a side, you’d better be praying that He takes you on His side.

Looking at the latest development in Malaysian political scenario, we, of course, do not know the “secret” knowledge, because we are not entitled to it. There must be someone, somehow are given this privilege by the All Knowing, the Almighty Allah s.w.t. through any possible means, so that despite the insignificant size or power, these individuals who are already in a “different league” than us, might all the sudden start a tsunami which might, in the end, change the course of world’s history! Who knows, and nobody knows!

My advice is that we should be careful when dealing with anybody. We should be careful when picking up a fight, in case you really like to pick up a fight. I obviously don’t.

In most cases, (we should take the example of) the stories in Islamic Traditions, related to us, such as how Syd Umar r.a. who has the highest level of intellectual and physical strengths, and whom almost all Arab tribes at that time would not want to pick up a fight with, had never judged a person wrongly – and always be careful not to treat anyone wrongly.

I know and accept that I am in the lowest league in this worldly life – and should not be in a fight with anyone. In case that there is someone out there, somehow feels that he has been picked up a fight against me – hear me, hear me, that, I would like to throw a white towel onto the arena and say:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَجْعَلُكَ فِي نُحُوْرِهِمْ وَنَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ شُرُوْرِهِمْ

“Oh Allah! We place you against them and we seek your shelter from their evils!”






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