BismilLah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
AlhamdulilLah, I’m back to writing after about 3 weeks hiatus. Although my laptop was with me, I kept my word to not work (Daniel issued an ultimatum) since Adam and Daniel’s dad was back in Malaysia for a holiday and for Daniel’s birthday.
One interesting point that I began to ponder about was the true role of a khalifah. It dawned on me that being khalifah really means to be in service of others.
When we accept our role and responsibilities as khalifah, we also have to accept that our effort, time, service and attention will begin to be more focused on others than our own self. This can be very difficult to assimilate at first and sometimes, it seems to be too much of a burden on us but the reality of it is that this will actually help us become better human beings.
We begin to understand true compassion, humility, empathy and patience. It’s not enough to just say we understand the plight of those more disadvantaged than us and feel sorry for them; as khalifah, we must act upon those feelings and help them, too.
A khalifah is self-less and giving. Just think of Mother Teresa; her actions are that one who is always in service of others. She once said, ‘I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.‘ Through her work with the poor in India, we understood just how important it is to never stop helping others. Though the burden is heavy but the rewards are too great for us not to accept this responsibility.
Allah knows best.