It isn’t enough to have eyes that see. To understand the essence of Alhamdulillah, we need another kind of sight.
Truly, man is ever most ungrateful to His Lord!
This. You might have heard it a trillion times, and hopefully, you might even have predicted that this statement is an ayah of the Glorious book – Qur’an from Surah Al- Adiyat, verse 6.
But have you ever given a sincere, reflective thought to it?
There are times when we might read something beneficial, something that can shake us, something really impactful but it doesn’t really hit you until you go through an experience or see it happening to someone close to you.
This piece today will take you on a journey. It will give you a little glimpse into just a random day of ‘Her’ life.
“It was 4.30am in the morning and the alarm buzzes carrying with it the call for a new day and she wakes up.
She lifts the blanket and contemplates on her reality. She then says the adhkaar for waking up.
Amidst the darkness, she patiently finds her slippers, puts them on and takes measured steps towards the washroom to prepare for the conversation with her Lord!
She steps forward slowly … first step, second step. Gingerly, she raises her hand to feel if she has reached the door. She then patiently makes wudu and again carefully sensing the things around her takes steps back to her room. First step … second step …
”Oh its the wall,” she realises, then turns left and reaches her Mihrab (a special place of prayer that a women assigns for herself at home). She puts on her head cover and picks up her Mushaf (copy of the Qur’an). Feeling around the distinct shape of the book mark that she had last left at Ale ‘Imraan (Surah 3), she lifts open the page and starts reciting the last ten verses.
Her fingertips passing over the raised alphabets gracefully, she starts reciting with tarteel.
And so, with no complaints whatsoever, she struggles through each day. Failing at times, yes, but never losing hope, because her purpose in life was to seek the pleasure of Her everloving, most generous Lord!
Yes, she is blind. There’s darkness around her each day but in her heart there is a light that never extinguishes. Her eyes might not see, but her heart does. And in it is a vision and foresight of the hereafter.
So, what excuse do we have?
In spite of being gifted with the eyes that can see each beautiful color that its Lord has painted the universe with; every shape that its Lord has moulded; every creation that its Most Magnificent Lord has given life to …
Is it that our eyes cannot see or are our hearts blind?
Each prayer, five times a day starts with us glorifying His hamd, thanking Him. But how many times do we really appreciate its essence?
May be we fail because we have not even the faintest clue of how our Lord is the ever-Merciful, The Ar-Rahmaan. How His Mercy graces things that exist beyond our failing perceptions.
Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says in Chapter 67, verse 23:
Say: It is He who has created you (and made you grow) and made for you the faculties of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is you give.
If only we were of those who are truly grateful!
Editor’s note: The piece was inspired by the writer’s visit to Sri Rakum School for the blind in Bangalore, India. A blind woman’s patient struggle to manage her tasks on her own moved the writer to write this piece.