Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Something to think about

This really made me reflect on some of the blessings we take for granted...taken from the Autobiography of Malcolm X the chapter entitled "Saved"...this is what he said describing his first attempts to pray...

"The hardest test I ever faced in my life was praying. You understand. My comprehending, my believing the teachings of Mr. Muhammad had only required my mind's saying to me, "That's right!" or "I never thought of that."
But bending my knees to pray-that act-well, that took me a week.

You know what my life had been. Picking a lock to rob someone's house was the only way my knees had ever been bent before.

I had to force myself to bend my knees. And waves of shame and embarrassment would force me back up.
For evil to bend its knees, admitting its guilt, to implore the forgiveness of God, is the hardest thing in the world. It's easy for me to see and say that now. But then, when I was the personification of evil, I was going through it. Again, again, I would force myself back down into the praying-to-Allah posture. When finally I was able to make myself stay down-I didn't know what to say to Allah."


Amer said...

This reminds me _in things that we take for granted_ of how thin is the string between what's real and what I consider as brain wash!

Sharks said...

Hey Amer! Am not sure what's ur point here! R u by any chance suggesting that am somehow brainwashed?!

Amer said...

I wish they have the smily with glasses here :)
No I didn't mean_by any chance_that you're brainwashed..
what I meant to say that one must not take anything for granted specially in the issues of religion!

Sharks said...

Well this is a free blog u can say the word :D
If that's the case I guess u r right...we born Muslims sometimes miss some very important things about the true meaning of Islam n' sometimes to hear it from converts can be surprisingly refreshing and sometimes shameful at the same time...it's amazing how we can simply miss the point...
Thanks for ur comments BTW :)