Friday, January 14, 2011
The Bright Morning Hours
I can see my turkey pet fluffing his feathers. He perches right on the doorstep. I can see a squirrel playing in the tree. An early squirrel. Yesterday a family of monkeys came to visit. The morning chirping birds had quietened down and I can hear the distant sound of a rooster crowing. A late rooster.
My helper just arrived and she is doing the dishes. I sit here in this big sofa chair waiting for my children to get ready. I hear water running in the shower, I hear low humming of the dishwasher. There is no more food in the house and we are going out to get breakfast then groceries.
My heart fills with gratitude for everything that I have, Alhamdulillahirabbila'lamin, all praise is due to God and God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds, the Most Gracious, the Dispenser of Grace. And I pray for His continued blessing. Yet there is an innate melancholic feeling hanging in the calmness of the morning.
I google for the meaning of a verse and the page rests on Ad-Dhuha, The Bright Morning Hours. The surah seems to have been revealed to the Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, during a desolate time of his outer life.
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Consider the bright morning hours,
and the night when it grows still and dark.
Thy Sustainer has not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased;
for, indeed, the life to come will be better for thee than the former
And, indeed, in time will thy Sustainer grant thee, and thou shalt be well-pleased.
Has He not found thee an orphan, and given thee shelter?
And found thee lost on thy way, and guided thee?
And found thee in want, and given thee sufficiency?
Therefore, the orphan shalt thou never wrong,
and him that seeks help shalt thou never chide,
and of thy Sustainer's blessings shalt thou ever speak.