Let there be no compulsion in matters of faith
God is the Protector of those who have faith, leading them out of the depths of darkness into the light.
[QS 2: 256, 257]
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The promise of God – never does God deviate from His promise;
but most people don’t understand.
They know only the external in the life of this world;
don’t they ever reflect within their own mind?
Only for just ends and for a determined time did God create the heavens and the earth and all between them;
Yet there are truly many among human kind who deny the meeting with their Sustainer!
Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the end of those before them?
They were superior to them in strength;
They tilled the soil and populated it more extensively than these have done;
There came to them their messengers with clear signs.
It was not God who wronged them but they who wronged their own souls.
Bersama seorang sahabat, beberapa waktu lalu saya membolak-balik terjemahan beberapa ayat Al-Quran dalam buku The Light of Dawn: Daily Readings from the Holy Qur’an oleh Camille Adams Helminski dari The Threshold Society. Teramat menghangatkan hati.
Sahabat saya mengungkap betapa kita butuh diingatkan akan keindahan dan kelembutan makna Al Qur’an. Betapa Al Qur’an benar-benar suatu sapaan Tuhan Maha Pengasih Maha Penyayang yang mampu menumbuhkan rasa kasih sayang dalam diri masing-masing kita.
Saya merasa belum layak menjadi penerjemah Al Qur’an. Namun tentu tak salah bagi tiap-tiap insan pembaca Qur’an yang merasa tersentuh dengan tanda-tanda (ayat) yang indah ini, untuk berbagi rasa.
Pagi ini saya membuka kembali buku tersebut. Jemari saya membuka halaman dengan ayat berikut:
Qarun was doubless among the people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them; such were the treasures We had bestowed on him that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men. Witness, his people said to him: “Don’t gloat, for God does not love those who take pride in riches.
But with that which God has bestowed on you seek the Home of the Hereafter, yet do not forget your portion in this world—do good as God has been good to you and do not seek to do harm in the land; for God does not love those who act harmfully.” [28:76-77]
The tree just stood there, awesome and strong as he was. He was quiet though. How curious. Why did he want me here if he had nothing to say? The previous night I had felt his vast-reaching presence and I was drawn to return.
So I did. Deep in the night. During these powerful moments before the dawn, with the moon finding her subtle way to shower her Light over me. But the tree was quiet. He was breathing slow and deep. His chest barely moving.
Go deeper within, he whispered. Be more silent. Be ever still. Relax. I concured, allowing him to guide me. My whole being reposed, planting its root solidly in Mother Earth. The night grew darker, and the tree even quieter. I did not know it was even possible.
From the kernel of such solemn quietude, the tree transformed himself before me, as if he was breathing out, or blooming. Continue reading