FRIDAY, FEB. 10: A blind person asked St. Anthony, “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”. He replied, “Yes, losing your vision”.
We see from this that vision is more than the ability to physically see — yes, vision is much deeper than that. We see in Proverbs 29:18:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
I get from the above that vision and obedience to the law are key components for happiness and success.
What is vision? The dictionary describes many forms of vision: 1. The act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight; 2. The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
However, the vision I speak about is the ability to see images with the eye; secondly, vision is the ability to see into the future whilst in the present.
When one can do this, forward planning for action is at hand. Vision equates to forward thinking, hence without forward thinking and planning we lose vision and therefore it is inevitable that we will perish.
Let’s go back to the second part of the verse — but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
This backs up the theory that we must obey God’s laws and ultimately the law of the land, to be happy.
In essence, disobedience brings about unhappiness ie. park without paying in the City of Hamilton and guess what, one will get a ticket or worst still a yellow boot (clamp). How happy is that?
So vision and obedience go hand and hand for survival and happiness.
This is why in all the Abrahamic scriptures, obedience to the Lord of all the Worlds rings loud and clear.
Allah in His love and mercy for us, warns us constantly to be obedient or perish.
God warns us through his books over and over again about obeying His commands and doing righteous deeds.
The Quran, the last revealed word of God, contains exact guidelines for us to be successful in this life and the next.
The Quran deals with all matters concerning us as humans to exist in perfect order — it guides us to worship, law and ultimately wisdom.
The basic theme of the Quran is the connection between Allah and His creatures, whilst also providing guidelines for a just society, proper conduct and even a successful economic system.
It is safe to say, that whilst banks and financial institutions around the world have failed over the past few years, Shania or Islamic banking remains strong and steadfast; in part because they have obeyed the tenets of the Quran and implemented them into their operations.
So merciful is Allah! Allah left mankind a second authority to follow for success, in that of the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The hadiths which are, the reliable transmitted report of what the Prophet said, did or approved. Belief in the sunnah is an integral part of Islamic faith.
Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.”
“None of you truly believe until you wish for your brother or sister what you wish for yourself.”
“He who eats his fill while his neighbour goes without food is not a believer.”
“The truthful and trust businessman is associated with the Prophets, the Saints, and the Martyrs.”
“Powerful is not he who knocks the other down, indeed powerful is he who controls himself in a fit of anger.”
“God does not judge according to your bodies and appearances but he scans your hearts and looks into your deeds.”
Should we follow the above sayings of our dearly beloved Prophet, we will indeed display vision and surely we will not perish. Ameen.