Limitations. Barriers. Confines. Borders. Boundaries. Constraints. Margins. Restraints. Restrictions- It’s everywhere.
To cross any, would mean serious, deep trouble. But who doesn’t?
For us humans, this trait of crossing all barriers and breaking all bonds is deeply inherent. It goes all the way back to our origin. You know where?
From Adam (A.S)! Our father and the first ever human to be created.
That Tree was way out of bounds. Forbidden. At no cost was he or his wife ever to come even a foot close to that Wonder in Paradise. This was an order directly from the One Entity Who is Irresistible.
Yet, the human desire got better of moral consciousness and the heart struggled to sever the bonds which shackled it from attaining what it ardently yearned for.
The Want got better of the Command. And the boundary was crossed. The damage done.
This happens to each one of Adam’s offspring every single moment of their existence. You and I. Our lives are peppered with such Wonder Trees, which are absolute no-nos in terms of their proximity.
But does it ever stop us from nearing it or crossing over it, eating from it and actually gloating over the achievement?
Going against the parents, getting close with non-mahrams, wagging the tongue for reasons other than good, betrayal, deceit, treachery, shamelessness, pretense, lies, fraud- all elements of crossing ethical restraints.
If you are human, you cannot help being this way. We come from the same mould.
When Adam (A.S) was sent down, was he sent with a weapon to combat this weakness of man? Do his children have any hope in inheriting it, to ensure their salvation?
When Adam faltered, when he and his wife realized their mistake, they cried to their Lord in distress and misery, in humiliation of having sinned.
“They said: Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.”
“Then Adam received from his Lord, Words. And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance). Verily He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful.”
Allah the Almighty endowed upon Adam, the Unbeatable Weapon: The weapon of asking for Forgiveness.
THIS. This is what each one of us needs to hold onto and use fervently on a constant basis.
Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful, forgave our parents, after they sincerely beseeched, realizing the magnitude of their sin.
He will forgive us too, if we crossed those borders unknowingly, and if we turn back to him in submission and humility. No matter how many times we falter.
We have a right over this family weapon, for our deliverance from the Hell-Fire.
Every other one is beatable.