In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious
Just now, I saw two spiders. One is stuck in a pool of water. The other one was prodding it. To me, it looked like the one prodding was helping the one that was stuck to get well…unstuck. Then, the spider helping (spider1) went away for a while. When it came back, it spun a web around the other spider (spider2). Spider1 was going to eat his friend, spider2! What I initially thought was spider1 being helpful to his friend turned out to be the total opposite.
Moral of the story…
1) Friends could be betrayers, especially the worst friend, Syaithaan. He will make sinful deeds pleasing to you, as Allah Almighty has stated in the Quran : “And Satan had made pleasing to them their deeds and averted them from the path, and they were endowed with perception.” 29:38. He is the worst friend ever. This is testified in the Quran: ” And he to whom Satan is a companion – then how evil is such a companion.” 4:38. Moreover, he who takes Syaithaan as his friend will face a clear loss in both worlds. “And whoever takes Satan as an ally instead of Allah has certainly sustained a clear loss.” 4:119.
So don’t ever listen to Syaithaan. You don’t want to be his friend. He will try to incite you to do wrong by wrapping the bad deed with beautiful colourful wrappers. Just like those prank presents. The wrapping is ever so beautiful, but when you open it, you will get a punch in the face. We must never be fooled by him. Seek protection in Allah from Syaithaan the accursed. He has cursed himself for eternity and would want you to be cursed with him as he hates us humans. He thinks he is better than us. When The Almighty asked him to prostrate to the first ever human, Adam, he refused by saying that why should he prostrate to one made of soil, when he himself is made from fire? This statement is illogical. Logically, soil will extinguish fire. It is the rule of this world. Why do we humans prostrate(listen) to Syaithaan, when we are stronger than him and when we are not 100% sure that we are damned for eternity? We have a higher status than him. Furthermore, why would we listen to him when he seeks to destroy us? He hates our guts.
We have to be strong. Fight our so called friend. He will become weaker in our selves if we fight him by not doing everything he says. Seek protection in Allah, you won’t regret it!
2) That is cannibalism. We humans are much more dignified than animals, but there is still some who are worst than animals. They are the ones who are heedless of Allah Almighty’s signs. They are blind, dumb and deaf. Not physically, but spiritually. The signs are right under their noses, they know the Truth, but they just won’t admit it because of their pride and ego. Allah Almighty stated in the Quran: “And indeed We have already propagated for Hell many of the jinn and humankind; they have hearts with which they do not comprehend(the truth), and they have eyes with which they do not behold(the Signs), and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like the livestock; no indeed, they are further in error. Those are they (who are) heedless.” 7:179.
Are we like that? Heedless to the many Signs and Manifestations of the Truth? IF yes (wali’yadzu billah-Protection is with Allah) than we are worst than the above cannibalistic spider. What we are doing is even worst than eating our own friend! May Allah protect us all from heedlessness.
-Another of a spider’s characteristic is that it is hardworking and does’nt take any risks. It will only attack when it is sure it will be successful. It does not do things with haste. It carefully plans out his actions. A believer must be like that, better even. A believer must never be hasty in his actions. He must carefully think through his actions, whether it pleases Allah or not. May the Divine make us among the Believers forever!
There are many lessons from everyday events, even the smallest events that are usually ignored, like seeing birds fly home with their tummies full in the evening(tawakkul-Trust in Allah).
We have to pay more attentions to our surroundings more. They could be reminders Allah Almighty wanted to give us. He chose us to be reminded, so do we just ignore the reminder? May the Supreme Divine make us aware of all the reminders He shows us. Amiin Yaa Rab Al-Aalamiin!
All the good here is but what Allah Almighty puts in my head so that it may be transmitted to my fingers to be typed and shared and also spread His True Religion. All the mistakes here are because of my own weak, easily influenced self.