Thursday, 17 November 2016

*Snake and Ladder- An example*

The journey of life upon the straight path isn’t an easy one. It has its hardships and obstacles and requires continues efforts till the last breath. A little example like that of the Snake and Ladder game. Those whose goal is Allah and are ready to walk on the path, Allah places for them ladders. Whoever reached their goals, reached because Allah guided them. Allah made the path easy when they put their little efforts and started walking towards Him. Those are whom Allah bestowed His favors upon. Sometimes it may be a trial for a believer that takes him to a level which he could never have reached otherwise.

At the same time, the path is thorny and dangerous. Like the Snake in the game, Shaitan is waiting for a chance to bring downward. The higher the level, larger is the snake. The largest snake awaits at 99, this is at the time of _Sakarath_ when Shaitan does his last and final efforts before the very death of a believer.

One may be caught at level 99 by iblees and another may be raised to the highest by Allah from the very bottom. Hence never underestimate or overestimate anyone by their deeds or appearance. End of the game, Allah alone knows.

قَالَ فَبِمَآ أَغۡوَيۡتَنِى لَأَقۡعُدَنَّ لَهُمۡ صِرَٲطَكَ ٱلۡمُسۡتَقِيمَ (١٦) ثُمَّ لَأَتِيَنَّهُم مِّنۢ بَيۡنِ أَيۡدِيہِمۡ وَمِنۡ خَلۡفِهِمۡ وَعَنۡ أَيۡمَـٰنِہِمۡ وَعَن شَمَآٮِٕلِهِمۡ‌ۖ وَلَا تَجِدُ أَكۡثَرَهُمۡ شَـٰكِرِينَ (١٧)

(Iblîs) said: "Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path (16) Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You)." (SuraAl-Araf: Ayah No.16&17)


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