بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)
لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ
“There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path ”[Sura Al-Baqarah, verse 256]
All of us are born with the same attributes. All of us grow up with the same chances of creating a life full of significance and fulfillment. All of us start live swaddled in an affluence of choices and the freedom to choose our path with no boundaries or immediate deterrent.
Some enter the world with much favorable conditions while others enter this world with lesser privileges and a future rooted with challenges instead of opportunities.
Whatever the conditions, they clearly fuel a fire, ignite the passion to amount to more than the life we started with. It is the urge and desire that is required to overcome the obstacle and on the pursuit of a life we truly desire.
Allah says in the Quran that if human beings had not been endowed with freedom of choice, all those who dwell on earth would have been made to believe (in that which Allah asks them to believe). But this was not Allah’s way.
He says, “Would you compel people to believe?”[Surah Yunus: 99], signifying that people are under no compulsion by the Almighty to believe or disbelieve.
I would like you to recall the Cherokee legend.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. ”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.”The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.” The one you keep giving more…
It’s your choice again.
According to the Quran, man is (born) free to aim at definite ends, free to choose between alternatives, free to choose good from evil and free to act in accordance with his WILL.
“Do whatever you will” [Sura Al-Fussilat, verse 40]
“The Truth [has come] from your Sustainer: let, then, him who wills, believe in it, and let him who wills, reject it.”[Al-Kahf, verse 29]
“Verily, We have shown him the Way: whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will)” [Surah Al-Mursalat:3]
Interestingly, we are where we are because of what we choose. It’s because of what we do. Not do something once in a while but what we do consistently. Many of us may feel that our daily choices are not that significant, but it’s important to understand that they do matter. They are the essential blocks that build our habits .
A simple example : How do we develop the habit of regular Salah, five times a day, every single day?
At seven years of age kids are commanded to start with a single prayer(say Asr/ the evening prayer). Until eight years of age it is recommended they stick to the same one prayer of Asr.
At eight they are required to pray 2 times(say Asr/evening and Magrib/at sunset) .
At nine an additional prayer is added ie the Ishaan/night prayer, along with the other two.
At ten, introducing two more prayers, would not be difficult at all, as the habit has been generated
Thus a life time habit has been inculcated in the child, by making the right daily choice, consistently.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Command your children to pray when they become seven years old, and beat them for it (prayer) when they become ten years old; and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately. [Sunan Abu Dawood 0495]
Help yourself by choosing the right way, because in life there are NO MULTIPLE CHOICES.
WHAT HAVE YOU CHOSEN FOR YOURSELF?