In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Death and Honor

I was debating whether to rant today on my feelings on the big news about Steve Jobs’s death and the reactions towards it and apparently decided I would. So I will commence this post with this quote from Umar Al-Khattab (radi Allahu anhu).

"We were the lowest of all people and then Allah gave us glory by Islam, and if we seek glory in anything other than what Allah has given us (Islam), Allah will disgrace us."

I received the news of Steve Jobs death at work yesterday. A while back I had read about his fight with pancreatic cancer and then this summer read about his resign from his position as CEO of APPLE. Everyone tried to link it with his cancer but since Steve Jobs was so reserved it was not confirmed if indeed that was the reason why he did that and so it remained a mystery until now. I guess it “all” makes “sense” now.

When I learned of his death it felt so surreal yet so real. It was so weird reading about his disease and then as simple as that he was dead! Death is so real yet everywhere we look, we live in denial of it. I felt so melancholic the whole day. I was not a fan of Steve Jobs or even apple. I only own an iPod so yeah that’s as much as my affinity for APPLE goes.

It made me wonder about my own death. While I counted thrips (yeah I count insects at work) and extracted DNA from plant tissue, I kept thinking about one day I will die. How my body will just be there stiff and lifeless. I wonder how I will be buried. Will I be buried in a muslim cemetery or not?  I wondered how old I would be and how I would die. Would I be killed, would I die of a “natural cause?” Dear Lord I hope I don’t die as a Kafir!

 I also wondered if my parents will die before me. I don’t know how I will handle it and sometimes I hope they survive me. I think I would collapse and die just thinking of what awaits them if I never witness their embrace of Islam. I pray Allah has mercy on them and guides them before death visits them.

Not to mention that the coworker whom told me of the news is a kafir. Not just non-Muslim, I mean like a straight up kafir (he rejected Islam) like he was Muslim, grew up "Muslim" and now he is an atheist raising atheist children (none of my business but worth mentioning I guess....) He sat there quietly after he told everyone and somehow I was hopeful that he was having some type of Islamic epiphany. Yeah, no he was not!  All he said was "aww poor guy." I was thinking "WHAT THE HECK?! poor guy?! yeah POOR GUY! Freaking save yourself now that you have the chance." Sounds crazy but I was in this mode yesterday. I honestly pray for this dude to find Islam so that he can teach it to his children. I pray his children come to Islam as adults, they are so cute Masha’Allah!

[66:6] “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.

From what I read and knew of Steve Jobs, this man had characteristics of a Muslim. He was so reserved and humble about his success. Makes me so sad. Not many who are that "successful" are of such caliber.

 So now I shall rant: I knew that Steve Job's biological father was a Syrian "Muslim" but I did not believe it was noteworthy or worth mentioning. Simply irrelevant when referencing the poor dude. It’s rather shameful and hoped it would not be disclosed or brought to attention but of course... it did…yeah you’d think it be easy to brush over since its rather horrific but yeah not some nationalistic Arabs or Muslims. *sigh*

One person said this and I quote "Proud That Steve Job's biological parent is Syrian (Abdul Fattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslim immigrant to the U.S."

and someone else also thought it noteworthy to blast to everyone "How many of you knew that his father was a Syrian Muslim (Abdulfattah Jandali)?! ..."

SERIOUSLY?! Like, can someone explain to me, how a Muslim can be proud of a fornicator who left his child for adoption who currently manages a casino in Nevada who is SUPPOSED to be Muslim? but let me tell you why they are proud of him? Because they think they will get some approval or credit as if they had something to do with Steve jobs genius... "Must be those Arab or Muslim genes that led to his genius! LOL. "Hilarious! The poor man just died and was a hard working self-made success and somehow the only thing they can note is that they are proud his father was  A.) Syrian-Arab ( B.) “Muslim” (C.) All of the above; totally dismissing that his father did nothing but only conceive him.  

Why are we so eager for some approval that we lose our dignity to the extent we attain pride out of ridiculous things. Perhaps we have lost our dignity already and that is why we take pride in such things that are so irrelevant. this is where I made the connection with above hadith from Umar Al-Khattab (Radi Allahu Anhu). If we take honor in nationalistic things or outside of Islam why should Allah grant us victory? Allah will disgrace us if we think that we can attain honor outside of Islam.

Sometimes I think that I want this world so bad. I want to attain the highest degree; I want this and that but for what? Its encouraged to do our best in whatever we do but we got to set our priorities and know that they are means not our purpose in life. When one dies, your culture your nationality, your bank account balance, your degrees won’t matter... only your relationship with your Lord!

I can say a lot of "ifs" but I rather not... I will just say this man could have known Islam but his father deprived himself of Islam and therefore deprived his son... this is so sad. I hope one day that Muslims get “real” and learn that only honor is through Islam.

I will end with one of Steve Jobs Quote,

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.