Let us beging 2021 on a positive note by understanding our inherent NATURE by understanding FITRAH & TABIHA.
ALLAH has blessed us and wired us with a divine nature – and this is FITRAH which is selfless and is identified with our soul, and this divine nature in we humans, stays even after death. So FITRAH is a soul thing and stays after death, as such, we should be fully be aware of it.
TABIAH – the animal instinct is the same. Animals forage the jungle for food, the basic need. We humans in this case are no different. We also forage for food wearing a tie and suit, and participating in Board Room discussions. The inherent need is the same – survival. So TABIAH is also a blessing from ALLAH for our survival.
Our FITRAH is like a compass that points to only one direction – towards Allah and his Creation.
Now suppose the captain of the ship is TABIAH driven, he ignores the direction of the compass and turns around his ship in another direction, he can do it because he is human and Allah has given him the Ikhteyar – Free will Choice , but all the same, the compass will always point towards Allah and His Creation.
Sayedi Sadik Ali saheb so rightly says in his Nashihat
khilqat Khuda ni goya Khuda no Kitab chhe
A’qil ne ye ghate ke muta’lo kara kare’
This is what FITRAH is all about. To contemplate on Allah and his creation and derive life lessons, and in so doing evolve spiritually. To reflect on the teachings and riwayaats of Awliyah kiram and draw life lessons, to emulate them and try to become farishta shifat. Becoming focused on FITRAH will help you greatly in that direction.
Sayedi Sadikali saheb again friends :
‘ sirat yeh parsao ni hiqmat no ba’b chhe
sunvoo ane soonavoo yeh haqiqi Kitab chhe’
The irony and tragedy with we humans in majority of cases is we give precedence to TABIAH over FITRAH.
Like caterpillars who for days on end gorge on leaves, and keep fattening, we completely identified ourselves with worldly pleasures and greed of materialistic acquisition and one up man ship over others. Our FITRAH nature languished in one dark corner. We forgot that we have been sent to free ourselves from this cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly and to soar higher and pluck nectar from the best of flowers.
The different Miqaats and blessed months like Muharram – Sehre Ramzan etc: are there to remind us to rein in our TABIAH and develop our FITRAH.
Muharram is one such month which brings its own miracles. It makes us reflect, the tragic events of Karbala, the sufferings of Imam Hussain and a’hle bait tugs our soul and awaken our FITRAH.