Answering the Call
September 11, 2017
An aha moment…
I called my young son the other day. I waited for him to come. I waited. And waited. I asked his older sister to go tell him that I wanted to talk to him. So, she went into the other room, returned, and announced that my message had been delivered. So I waited. And waited some more. When my sweet son still didn’t show, I got up and found him engrossed, surrounded by little piles of legos.
“How come you didn’t come when I called?” I was a bit perturbed by the casual disobedience, disregard, disrespect… the way I had been deferred.
And then it struck me…
The semblance was uncanny…
I contemplated our situation as parents: How we demand immediate response when we call our children.
But after all, who are we? I mean in the whole scheme of creation. Who are we compared to the Creator of everything?
And I was wondering if sometimes our response to His call isn’t sometimes the same as our children’s response to ours… and then as adults, aren’t we more blameworthy? We are, after all, capable of understanding the gravity of our heedlessness or sluggish response to the call of Allahu Subhana wa ta’ala, yet like the child in the midst of play, we are oftentimes distracted and deluded by the insignificant.
And so it was just a thought that kind of lingered, and when the adhan for the next prayer came, and I heard the final phrases of the call:
Hayya ‘ala-s-Salah, hayya ‘ala-s-Salah
Hasten to the Prayer, hasten to the Prayer
Hayya ‘ala-l-falah, hayya ‘ala-l-falah
Hasten to success, hasten to success
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest
La ilaha illa-llah
There is none worthy of worship but Allah
They carried a different meaning for me. The words resonated like a personal summons ushering me into the presence of my Lord, and I had a greater sense of urgency in responding to that call.
“Alhumdulillah. Alhumdulillah,” I murmured. I was thankful for the beneficial reflection and the moment of insight that Allah had blessed me with through the trifling incident of a mother calling her unresponsive son.