In every journey, the traveler must ask was the right path taken. Was the right turn made. Many roads are long and winding. Some are rough and bumpy filled with obstacles. Yet it is filled with those who have lost their way. Some forge their own course guided by faith, seeking not location but a kindred soul. Others step together finding safety in the arms of another. A few remove themselves from the trail to avoid the path of temptation. But those who watch the track too closely fail to see where it led them. They’re often all too surprised by their destination. So great is the journey for the soul. A seeker’s path to reach the Heavens.
O mankind! What is it that lures you away from your bountiful Sustainer, who has created you, and formed you in accordance with what you art meant to be and shaped your nature in just proportions, having put you together in whatever form He willed?
-The Quran (82:6-8)
So many questions asked. Yet with so many signs already shown, we fail to neither read nor understand it. As its mountains pierce through the clouds, high above the lives of men. And its rivers run and split through the earth, right through men. So does the moon illuminate the night and the sun shine through the day. And its stars like priceless jewels from the far reaches of Kings, guiding us through the nights. Signs of the Creator are all around us. Why do we keep asking for God yet we can’t seem to see the Creator’s signs?
With it so many hearts have closed to the wonders of these signs. Like a bird trapped in a cage, asleep with closed wings. Like pearls hidden deep beneath the black water.
Yet, the answer is right there all along. Stored within the heart. Running through our veins. All we have to do is seek! Seeking to remove the veil within the inner heart and soul.
Have We not expanded for you, your inner heart? -The Quran 94:1
“O my Lord! expand my heart for me” (prayer of Moses) … –The Quran 20:25
The Creator has created veils on Himself for us to seek. For us to read the signs. For us to believe through His creations. God has created these ‘veils’ for a purpose. If He showed His Beauty without a veil, we should not be able to bear it or benefit from it, because we are sustained and strengthened indirectly.
It is just like the Sun. Could we see the Sun directly? With it we can feel and be benefited in so many ways. In its light, we can move freely, we see and able to differentiate between the good from bad. In it we warn in its heat for comfort and security.
Because of it, flowers bloom and trees blossom. Fruits become ripe and sweet. So many benefits could come to mind. But if the same Sun that brings so many benefits for the purpose of life was to show itself to life, what would become of life? What would become if the Sun would show it’s face to us? Would the flowers bloom and the trees blossom? Would fruits become ripe and sweet again? Or could we move freely? Not only would it destroy us, but literally the whole world would burn up and nothing but emptiness will survive.
When God manifests Himself through a veil to a mountain, the mountain becomes full of trees and flowers, embellished with greenery. But if He were to manifest Himself without a veil, the mountain would be destroyed and reduced to dust.
And when Moses came to the place at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him. Moses said: My Lord! show me (Thyself), so that I may look upon Thee.
He said: You cannot (bear to) see Me but look at the mountain, if it remains firm in its place, then will you see Me; but when his Lord manifested His glory to the mountain He reduced it to dust and Moses fell down in a swoon; then when he recovered, he said: Glory be to Thee, I turn to Thee, and I am the first of the believers
– The Quran 7:143
But when left in the darkness the soul will seek out the light. How do we explain this behavior? Like birds when freed from its cage, the seekers soul shall be fulfilled. And then we can truly see how great are the wonders of the heaven and the timeless beauty of the night. Of the beauty of earth and the creatures that dwell on it. Its all signs of the greatness of The Creator.Like light at the end of the tunnel. A soul will only be satisfied in seeking the light. May God guide us who seek to the light. God is the light everlasting.
… and sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and a Helper. – The Quran 23:31
What is it that a seeker seek?Like the sunset answers the call for prayers and surrenders to the beauty of the night. How dawn extinguishes the night. The signs of the Creator. A seeker seeks to open up its soul for light. It is all the seeker’s soul seek.