Jan 16, 2011

The Pretty Woman

The Story Of The Pretty Woman

A man was walking through the market place one afternoon when, just as the
muazin began the prayer, his eye fell on…a woman’s back.

She was strangely attractive, though dressed in fulsome black, a veil over head and face…
and she now turned to him as if somehow conscious of his over-lingering regard…
and gave him a slight but meaningful....

a metaphor of life chaser on
  dunia دُنْيا
(life on earth before death)

Dunyā (دُنْيا) is a word in Arabic (also Persian, Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and loanword in Malay language) which means, in Islamic terminology, the temporal world and its earthly concerns and possessions as opposed to the eternal spiritual realm, or the hereafter (ākhira).

Dunyā literally means 'closer' or 'lower'. In the Qur'an, dunyā and ākhira represent oppositions in temporal, spatial and moral dimensions: now and later, below and above, evil and good, respectively.

Surah Al-A'raf (The Heights) - سورة الأعراف
ayat 156

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَاكْتُبْ لَنَا فِي هَٰذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ إِنَّا هُدْنَا إِلَيْكَ ۚ قَالَ عَذَابِي أُصِيبُ بِهِ مَنْ أَشَاءُ ۖ وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِآيَاتِنَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
And ordain for us good in this world, and in the Hereafter. Certainly we have turned unto You." He said: (As to) My Punishment I afflict therewith whom I will and My Mercy embraces all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who are the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2), and give Zakat; and those who believe in Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs and revelations, etc.);

"Dan tetapkanlah untuk Kami kebaikan dalam dunia ini dan juga di akhirat, sesungguhnya kami kembali (bertaubat) kepadaMu". Allah berfirman: "AzabKu akan Aku timpakan kepada sesiapa yang Aku kehendaki, dan rahmatKu meliputi tiap-tiap sesuatu; maka Aku akan menentukannya bagi orang-orang yang bertaqwa, dan yang memberi zakat, serta orang-orang yang beriman kepada ayat-ayat Kami.

Surah Yusuf (Joseph) - سورة يوسف
ayat 101

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رَبِّ قَدْ آتَيْتَنِي مِنَ الْمُلْكِ وَعَلَّمْتَنِي مِن تَأْوِيلِ الْأَحَادِيثِ ۚ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَنتَ وَلِيِّي فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۖ تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ
"My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous."

"Wahai Tuhanku! Sesungguhnya Engkau telah mengurniakan daku sebahagian dari kekuasaan (pemerintahan) dan mengajarku sebahagian dari ilmu tafsiran mimpi. Wahai Tuhan yang menciptakan langit dan bumi Engkau Penguasa dan Pelindungku di dunia dan di akhirat; sempurnakanlah ajalku (ketika mati) dalam keadaan Islam, dan hubungkanlah daku dengan orang-orang yang soleh".

Muslims are encouraged to ponder the verses of the Qur'an, and to do their best to not get too attached to this temporal existence and its trappings. In Islam, dunyā is a test; success and failure lead to paradise and hell respectively.
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