After we are born, we can survive only due to the maternal care.
We go-over an arc in our lives where our earthly needs appear then intensify. Never, nothing is enough, we want always more, more beautiful and better! Then the demands fade and lose their significance. Eventually the time will come when only Divine care will keep us alive, the need will be no more than a great breath and even that will be ceased. We realize that we wasted time with fucky things.
There is nothing lost from our life but the life itself. We enjoyed only two cares, one from our mothers and the other of God, and between the two we expected something similar from outsiders, but it didn’t come. We imagined more about them than they are. Although there are those for whom marriage replaces some of these two, but for many it is not.
Remember? I wrote about the last demand which is a breath, nothing more! And till then?
A lion kills only as many gazelles as it consumes. No more. There is no specimen that hunts down ten gazelles out of a desire to acquire or to flaunt its dominance then poses in front of the animals, demonstrating its supremacy! It has no consciousness, but its instinct is set by the Lord to stop after one game, so the other predators can survive as well. Quantities and proportions are balanced in the creation. All creatures abide by this, as they are all Muslims!
When the time of reproduction comes, the female does not expect the male to give her a gazelle. She knows which male to mate with, which one has the qualities she wants to see in her offspring.
She’s not a geneticist, not a doctor of science, yet she knows how to choose a male.
There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance dependeth on Allah. He knoweth the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit: All is in a clear Record. (Quran 11:6)
Mustaqarr: definite abode; where a thing stops or stays for some time, where it is established. Mustauda: where a thing is laid up or deposited for a little while. Referring to animals, - the former denotes its life on this earth; - the latter its temporary pre-natal existence in the egg or the womb and its after-death existence in the tomb or whatever state it is in until its resurrection.
What happens until the last breath comes?
We hunt down more than one gazelle. We demonstrate our dominance, which is completely unnecessary. We kill more gazelles than we need to, so many other human-lions don’t get gazelles. Instead of handing over the surplus to whoever needs it, we would rather accumulate it while the meat is rotting on us. According to animalistic, i.e. on normal “Muslim” mind, it is inconceivable that one brags about how many gazelles are rotting in the pantry! But we, humans do it. Our female lions stop for a fuck with a male that gives them a rotting flesh, but their goal is not the reproduction but the meat itself. This is why only those gimpy and sneaky individuals reproduce who are able to steal the rotting gazelles from other strong individuals. Due to the full pantry of the sneaky ones, the females will be theirs.
It also often happens that our females are depressed. In vain they caught for themselves a decent male, they expect him to kill not one but two gazelles. If he can do it, then three. Then four. If he is no longer able to do this, the female will go crazy and look for a new male, but will take the rotting meat with her. I could go on with the story with a thousand more twists, but whatever I add, the end result unfortunately is that our lion population is genetically deteriorating while the amount of rotting meat is increasing. Then the time of the last breath will come and we will realize how unnecessary this rush for rotting meat was between the two care periods! How many other creatures could have been supplied when it was still fresh, who are the safeguards of my life in the cycle of nature! I've just cut their life with my mindless accumulation. What did I get? I leave behind five rotting gazelles for the other lions to quarrel for, but all I wish is to take a deep sniff from the fresh air of the savannah, which I never felt, I never enjoyed before! That refreshing, life-giving scent comes into view now when my lungs are no longer able to absorb it.
A person’s life derails easily if he/she loses the proportions. We realize late that a lot of things have distracted us from our track. Even our closest family members were detracting us, whom we failed to have an orderly relationship with. How beautiful the creation the proportions and the harmony in it are! The real jihad is the maintenance of this order.
Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight - are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious. (Quran 9:24)
If we love our earthly ties and comfort’s, profits and pleasures, more than we love Allah, and therefore fail to respond to Allah's cause, it is not Allah's cause which will suffer, Allah's purpose will be accomplished, with or without us. But our failure to respond to His will must leave us spiritually poorer.