Tuesday, May 10, 2011

on being alone, together

disclaimer: this is not a horror story about events in the night time. oh wait, it is a horror story if you look at it with certain perspectives. 

It's night time in London and the atmosphere is melancholic. sayu =.=

In 'In the Shade of the Qur'an', there is an interesting interpretation of a verse common to most people.

"And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness." (113:3)

In the day, with everything illuminated and lots of affairs to attend to, we are more cautious of our actions. At night time, evil breaks loose, riding on a harley-davidson, wind blowing in its face. Under the cover of night, those evil tendencies become more prevalent, those ridiculous thoughts come back to say 'hey, its alright, leave those goody-two-shoes behind, you've earned yourself some R & R.'


Especially if we're alone. And alone might not mean 'one human being in an enclosed space'. Nowadays we could be alone, together. on facebook, we can count our friends into the thousands. In reality, we're left to fight our demons alone, in the darkness where nobody knows except you Allah.

'but i have friends'.

with friends who let us languish in the dark, its better to be alone. at least they won't have direct responsibility. *shudder* Which is why surah al-Falaq asks us to seek protection with Allah, rabb al-falaq, Lord of the dawn, who can eliminate the evils of the darkness.

And especially for us the young generation, who are determined to become towers of light that serve as beacons for mankind. shoo, darkness, shoo.

"Is he who was dead (without Faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life  and set for him a light whereby he can walk amongst men, like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy) from which he can never come out? Thus it is made fair­seeming to the disbelievers that which they used to do." (Al an'am:122)

And also keep good company.

"By Al-'Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience." (Al 'Asr)

In loss, except those who recommend to truth and patience.

Based on my recent revision of economics, the rational man is utility-maximising. so i think this is the perfect time to be rational.

Don't let the darkness get to you.

goodnight, and goodluck.