On one of our platforms ensued a debate practices that compromise a Muslims’s islamiqueness leading him into the precincts or territory of shirk, label him a munaafiq or lead him to kufr. It was indeed an amusing debate as a really contentious one was googling with sand.
I enjoyed the trend of the debate as it bordered our understanding of eeman, knowledge of Islam and the Quran, qadar, tawaqul, and obedience to the instructions of Allah as contained in the Quran.
Two things or two forces or camps emerge from the debate. Those who confer legitimacy on the practice on the basis of their wide ilm and those who delegitimize it on the basis of strong eeman.
As a primary student of Islam and a mere traveller in the Quran, I merely amused myself in following the debate and reflecting on the context in which one can become a sand googler and why the practice persists.
What I found in my reflection at Fajr is that the practice is nurtured by existential concerns of living the good life, motivation to succeed, quest for security or permanence of favours and challenge of recovery from disasters.
These are everyday realities of existence. Can we begrudge those who want to live a good life? It is their choice to concern themselves with the life of this world. So, in this reality, the business of googling persists.
Can we blame the sand googling businessmen many Muslims venerate as their alpha and omega to the extent of swallowing their spittle or entrusting their entire life in their hands?
The fundamental issue is the rationality of sand googling which must be validly supported by references from the Quran and this is also a factor of our understanding and acceptance of Quran as instruction and guidance from Allah and accepting the prophet as our ultimate exemplary. Here come the logic eeman and obedience.
There is no doubt that sand googling predates the prophetic era. Sand googling also has associated practices that are together called fortune telling or divination. So, if we must validate or delegitimize it, we must find justification from the book of Allah and the words of the Best of Mankind.
What does Allah say about it? In my journey or travel in the Quran, I found a certain verse where Allah declared wine consumption, gambling and divination by an arrow as instruments of shaitaan which believers must eschew if they want success. My heart quaked.
As I travelled further and came across certain verses where Allah warns against the pursuit of the knowledge of the unseen, I trembled.
Still on my quranic exploration, I found words of Allah which declare those things or affairs for which we seek solution and which take us to the diviners as fitnah, adduwwun, mutual rivalry, play and amusement and that the hereafter or closeness to Allah is better, I ask myself, must I follow the trifles of the world to the neglect of better rewards from Allah.
I also find where Allah says the carriers of messages of the unseen matters usually have insignificant knowledge of the matter they reveal.
Further, I discovered those sand google experts would are likely to convert you to their slaves rather than lead you to attain full submission to Allah. Since a slave cannot have two masters, we become mushriks or munaafiqs in that process.
We become tools in their hands to be used anyhow. We become their ardent followers or slaves rather than be Abdullah or ibaadurrahman. Their orders and instructions become more valuable than the Quran to us.
But do these still save us from the ultimate fitnah or guarantee us the ultimate success. The ultimate fitnah are of the Dajjal, of the Grave, of the siraat, of standing before Allah to answer the troubling questions on our affairs of the world and the HELLFIRE?
Do we google about these? Do we also do a consultation on how to attain ridhwanullah, true falaah, or how to be qualified as inmates of Jannah becoming one of those whose soul is graded mutmaeenah?
True, there are things that may compel us to attempt googling, buffeting storms, failing businesses, crashing marriages, poor performance, stagnation, job loss, failures or disasters. We should ask, do these need sand googling or self-introspection? Which introspection is better than a reflection on the words of Allah?
I found a small introspection from the Quran. Why do we say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaehi raajiuuna? It is upon the inevitability of trials and tribulation and the necessity of patience in the face of adversity qualifying us to sadaquun, the truth especially when Allah directs when should seek support bi sabr was salaat.
If we must google, google about your ultimate end with Allah so that you can work towards attaining success in the hereafter or avert azhaabunnaar, not about those things which are certainty or realities of this life which you already have control over in simply standing firm in faith. May Allah keep us on the path of rectitude.
REFLECTION AT FAJR with Ustaadh Abdulwaarith
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