He was immediately pushed back to reality and remembered what happened that evening. And how frightened he had become. With shaky lips and his vision getting blurry at night, he picked up his dropped bag and fixed it on his shoulder.
The Golden Door, part II
January 14, 2008 by voyageure
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He quickly balanced himself after tripping on the piece of log that was lying in the middle of the path.
He then stretched out his hands and bent down to push the log on the roadside and sat on it with his head held between his palms.
He knew something wasn’t right. But he had to somehow muster up enough courage to continue walking… with his hope dwindling.
“How can I let myself down?”, sitting on the side of a road, in the middle of the night… that was the only question that bothered him at that moment.
He knew He was watching him fall weak. The One he was making his journey towards was not unaware of his state. He was calling out to him like every night, and he knew he just couldn’t get away with it.The night was getting darker. He lifted his heavy head from his palms and his eyes struck the lone twinkling star on the sky. “You and I are so far apart, but there’s one thing we share this moment: our loneliness. Soon the day will appear, and you would get lost in its light too. No one would ever know what you went through tonight.”
The star seemed to enliven his hope. It was just one star… out there in the depths of the sky. But it was there, serving its purpose. With or without anyone.
He couldn’t wait any longer. He wiped his forehead with the back of his palm and loaded his bag on his shoulder. He had to make it there, quietly… without anyone noticing him. He just had to. And he had to do that right now.
…And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.). So fear Me, O men of understanding! [alBaqarah:197]
Ibn Awn rahimahullah escorted a man on his way out on a long journey and told him: “Adhere to Taqwa (fearing) of Allah. For the Muttaqee (the righteous one) is never alone.”