Symbolism

Multiple Choices to Find the Truth


Perception RealityAs a student, I noticed that the teacher used to give us multiple choice questions in exams and quizzes, wherein he used to write the question with 4 choices to select from. Three of the choices used to be wrong with one correct answer. We used to solve them without asking the teacher if he wanted us to be more ‘wrong’ then ‘right’ as we were given three wrong answers to the question asked.

Now since I started teaching, I am doing the same without giving a second thought to this practice being followed since ages. I never wondered why on earth, I was giving multiple choice questions (with three wrong answers and one right choice) to my students while conducting quizzes and exams until recently.

Only a few days back I was listening to a sermon on youtube and came to know the uniqueness of this activity. I think there is a hidden message for all of us to ponder.

We as teachers do not want the students to be more ‘wrong’ by giving them three wrong answers to the question asked. We want the students to be more strong in their understanding of the concept given in the question by selecting one right answer from the given 4 choices including three wrong answers.

We are obligated to prepare the students to face the challenges (which are more negative then positive) of their practical life after completion of their studies. The option to choose one right from among the four choices is meant to let them have a thorough understanding of the right answer.

I have been emphasizing upon my students to learn to connect the dots which are 180 degrees out of proportion. Let’s try making an analogy with one of the rituals practiced during Hajj on 11th, 12th and 13th of Zilhujja.

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“Pilgrims are obligated to stone the ‘three’ satans called the ‘Rami Jamarat‘. The ritual of Rami is a symbolic reenactment of the actions of Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام when he was faced with the trial of having to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail عليه السلام (other narrations mention it was Hazrat Ishaq عليه السلام). In a dream, Hazrat Ibrahim was commanded to perform the sacrifice to which he responded with unwavering reliance and trust in the will of Allah.

On the way to carry out the commandment, Satan repeatedly sought to tempt Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام into ignoring the command. As Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام reached Jamarah al-Aqaba (i.e. the location where Jamarah al-Aqaba is today), Satan attempted to dissuade him. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام, who was accompanied by Hazrat Jibril عليه السلام, was instructed by the archangel to throw seven stones at Satan. He obliged and Satan fled immediately. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام then went to Jamarah al-Wusta and Satan appeared again. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام once again threw stones at him and Satan fled. He then went to Jamarah al-Ula and Satan appeared. Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام threw stones at him once more and Satan fled.

Each time, Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام resisted temptation, remaining steadfast in his intention to do as he was commanded. As Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام was preparing to sacrifice his son, he was spared from having to carry out the command at the last moment and was provided with a sacrificial animal as a substitute.”

An amazing analogy of ritual of ‘Rami Jamarat‘ during Hajj is for understanding one of the names of Almighty Allah (Al Muzil meaning humiliating). He did not want to degrade His followers by creating Satan, (who tried to dissuade Hazrat Ibrahim عليه السلام from sacrificing Hazrat Ismail عليه السلام) but to make them (His followers) more strong in their belief.

Sajjad Hussain

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Symbolism

The Spices


SpicesHaving a look at the pic above you might think that I am going to teach you something about cooking, or maybe I am watching Masala TV (a TV channel dedicated to cooking) a lot to give you some handy tips on nutrition value of shown spices.

I have never cooked anything, ever in my life and I would be, but a bad chef, if I ever try. Yet I am fond of good food, so quite often I watch Masala TV Channel, not to learn about cooking, but to see mouth-watering dishes decorated on a platter to be served.

When we go out for dining, we are presented with the menu card filled with a lot many mouth-watering dishes to satiate our taste buds. I kept wondering, at one point in time, we can only eat one or two meals at max then what is the point in having a long list of dishes with unusual name tags to choose from. Keep this point in mind and it will be explained later in the blog.

During my secondary class, biology was one of the subjects I was taught, in which the teacher gave us the detailed description of our digestive system. To give you an idea how our digestive system works here is an excerpt which (Health and Wellness) explains how our bodies turn the food, we eat, into energy:

“All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need the energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat.

Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.

The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later”.

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If you look at the spices shown above, I don’t see any of the spices having a sugary flavor, yet everything we eat after going through the digestive system turns into glucose (a form of sugar), which provides energy to our body to work.

Did you notice something how mother nature has made your digestive system?

Our body accepts all kinds of piquant spices tasting so good to increase our appetite that we cannot avoid craving for it. It has the capability of digesting a diverse range of eatables, yet everything is ultimately turned into sugar (energy) in the end. Can we learn something out of this analogy?

There is a lesson hidden behind it for us that we come across situations and people in our lives, good at times but agonizingly bitter to the soul mostly (like the long list of appetizing food made from bitter spices, if taken separately), yet we have to learn to live with them and get a boost (like sugar does to our body) to lead our life worth living by making them part of our life and try extracting (learning) good things from them to make our life enjoyable (like the balanced combination of various spices adds flavor to our food)  by our sugary behavior, come what may.

Sajjad Hussain

Symbolism

The Fountain of Life


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Acid is considered to be dangerous having a bitter taste and in order to subside its negatively harsh effects, it has to be alkalized adding water into it.

I wondered when I gave it a second thought, that how close it is to our interaction with other people in our daily lives.

Quite a few people are so sarcastic in their wheeling-dealing with other people that at times, it appears, as if they are having a taste of acid in their sarcasm. If those people (who are sarcastic) have a bit of a know-how that how their sarcasm have a negative impact on the person who is being subjected to their wrath, will never even think of subjecting people to their sarcasm.

Now that knowledge which comes to us through education will act as water added to the acid (sarcasm) to make it alkaline, that mellowness (by virtue of the knowledge we have) in us can be a source of life for someone who is disgruntled with his life for any reason, be it a sarcasm or economic or social malaise.

Be knowledge hungry and alkalized your sarcasm by it and avoid making lives of other people miserable. Be polite, you never know how badly one is hurt by your unrealistic and unnecessary sarcasm when you can bring joy and happiness to their life by your knowledge.

 Sajjad Hussain

Symbolism

The Current


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I wish to apologize to my audience for the delay in my post as I wanted to write on this topic for long but the concept I had before was not getting the kind of appeal to my heart and the concept was not even getting close to the title of my blog.

Writing for the sake of writing has never been my intent to waste my time and the time of my audience.

You might have heard from a layman that an electric socket has two wires; one is neutral and the other is a live wire. Until recently I never thought why is it like that, but when I came to know about it, I was like wow, what a concept.

Whosoever coined this word, ‘live wire’ might not have thought about it the way I am going to explain now (pardon me if I am exaggerating myself).

When a person is alive, he has his body heat which keeps him alive. Why did I say so, because when a person dies, his body gets cold and stiff with the passage of time, I am wondering why a dead body has to be kept in a mortuary to keep it cool when it, itself is cold as its body heat is gone as soon as he died.

Quite confusing…………………………..

The obvious reason is, if it (the dead body) is left in the open, it starts stinking, so in order to preserve it till such time that it is buried, it has to be placed inside the mortuary.

When current passes from anything (a conductor) it gets hot. If we now make an analogy of a live wire with a live body, we will be able to understand why on earth that person (who coined the word live wire) came up with the word live wire.

So in order for one to be alive, one needs to have current (i.e. passion) to prove oneself that he is alive and willing to face the odds of life head-on.

Sajjad Hussain

Symbolism

Eternal Abode


WARNING:
This current blog is written based on my beliefs. My international audience having a different belief then mine are in no way required to accept or reject the contents of this blog. All my readers are at their free will to read or skip this blog. Comments; positive or otherwise would be accepted, wholeheartedly.

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Even if it is not written in any holy scripture (of any religion), we all know that whosoever is born, has to die one day, no exceptions, at least to date.

While eating any meal, we are tempted by its taste to finish the meal. The moment we are done eating that tasty meal, it is the meal and the taste which is finished and not the one who is eating it.

The verse above says that ‘Every soul shall have a taste of death’, so it will be the death of ‘the death’ and not the death of the soul contained inside the body.

So the question that arises here is: Where did the soul go if it didn’t die?

I was wondering to find the answer and I happened to have a chance to listen to a sermon by one of my favorite speakers on theology and here is his explanation (written in my own words) for the reading pleasure of my readers.

If you google images of the soul, google will fetch you pictures showing a body in white fumes. I, as a human, am not pure so I depict my body as a bit darker than my soul and to make an analogy to make you understand my thought process.

When a baby is conceived in the mother’s womb it takes some time to complete the body, once the body is completed then only the soul gets in. If you look at your hands you will find that your palm is comparatively whiter than the other side of the hand.

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I like to give you another analogy out of this pic to make you understand the underlying concept.  The palm is whiter, so I consider it as my soul, which is pure and the other side is my body, which is bit darker than my soul.

My soul is encapsulated in my body as if my palm is closed and the moment I die, it is that my palm is opened and the soul inside gets released.

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The verse above says that till such time my soul is inside my body, I am worth a million but the moment I die, I (my body) become worthless and it has to be buried or cremated, as per the faith of the soul.

Since a child is born, he goes through various stages of life, i.e. toddler, childhood, adolescence, teenage, adulthood, professional, parenthood, etc. During this entire time period he goes through various learning experiences by virtue of education and professional experience and gains knowledge.

This entire process takes substantial amount time of an individual to understand the intricacies of life. At a very later stage in his life he comes to realize the real facts of life but unfortunately that is the time when his own time is about to be over and he is ready to die. At that point in time, he starts thinking, if he had enough time to pass on the learnt legacy to the future generation. Every single moment appears to him, as if he is running short of time, and he appears to be bit in a hurry.

I am kind of flabbergasted to visualize these hidden concepts about our life and think why don’t we realize the purpose of our life, which is nothing but to find meaningfulness in it, which once realized, I am sure our concept of the life would be changed drastically.

It simply means that we are now getting ready for some other destination hidden from our eyes. Do we ever ponder, why is it so happening, why our life is so short that the moment we come to realize the true essence of life, it is time to get ready for the eternal abode.

Sajjad Hussain 

https://probe.org/when-does-a-fetus-receive-a-soul/