Alhamdulillah for the clouds!
Alhamdulillah for mobility and sensory perception: walking, listening to the birds, watching the beautiful clouds, listening to the leaves rustling in the breeze and just being able to inhale the beauty around… Alhamdulillah for all of His blessings.
Alhamdulillah for the ability to perceive the opposite.
It is not so difficult to imagine a space where these blessings are absent – terra firma and nothing more. No trees, no birds, no colour, no cover from the elements, no shade from the sun, no protection from danger, etc. etc.
Yet, from here (this space where blessings are present as is the ability to imagine their absence) grasping the knowledge and guidance, feeding His Light in our hearts, we can imagine and hope for forgiveness for our transgressions and can imagine and hope for entry into paradise. A paradise that we imagine to be beyond the limits of the very same imagination.
Yet, simultaneously we feel fear. Fear of not being able to meet Him and not being able to receive His Salaams in Heaven. We fear taking a wrong turn and choosing to travel the road full of transgressions that end up in a place not only devoid of beauty but a place that undoubtedly reminds over and over for eternity of the One we neglected to be grateful to.
Alhamdulillah for this temporary place of hope and fear.
Alhamdulillah for all His blessings.