You reside in everyone’s heart, but in different forms. You’re preached around the world, but in different ways. People respect and love you, but of different sorts. Yet the sanctity of who you are is prevalent, and despite the fact that every individual believes that it’s their God who’s true, you give peace to everyone.
Some of us don’t believe in you, some of us may be angry at you, others may be crying and yelping for your help, and some may be trying to get closer to you. But what’s common in all of these people is YOU. Even atheist who claim to have no thought of God, still wonder about you; what is it that makes you the most popular being on earth? Is it your helping hand, or is it your power? Is it your love or is it the ample times you forgive? Above all, is it your ability of empathy?
Muslims reach out to you in prayers (Salah), Hindu’s do so in temples, Christian preach Jesus and so on and so forth, you take space in 7 billion hearts, but in 4200 different forms, yet we fail to understand your effort of binding the world together. The point of this letter is to let you know of how you have helped me, and through this let everyone know that it’s human nature to cry for help in front of someone who only listens.
What’s a natural healing process? A cycle which involves us and our struggles, but what I didn’t know is that you will always be a part of it. The first time I lost someone, it was through a painful process of cancer, and I saw my family very angry at you, questioning you on why you did what you did. I was scared of doing that. I was scared of being angry at you because we’re never told of how beautiful a believer’s relationship is with their God, and by believer I mean anyone who has their faith in the existence of God. Some days after, I realized that it’s a cycle. Life eventually has to lead to death. You helped me build in myself a feeling of calmness.
When I forgot how blessed I am to have a shelter, food, education and a family you reminded me of the ample people who are scarce with all the above, what’s surprising is, that even though I’ve made prayer a channel of connection with you, you were there when I wasn’t praying also, and gradually as afraid as I was to share this around me, but you became my best friend. And the fear that was instilled in me of you, gradually faded into trust, and I felt stronger.
When I lost my best friend as I begun high school, I turned to you, each day until once again you held me like a father and I felt the support. I was dejected, I was worried and I needed a friend, and apart my own, you were there.
When I started a fresher life, with newer ambitions for myself, you know the struggles which would come my way and so even before they did, you prepared me to face them. At that time I was unknown to the way you had helped me, but I gradually realized that my capacity of strength was not similar to what I passed through and how.
Then with each fight with my oldest best friend, you built in me the courage to not give up, the courage to take up everything on myself, or maybe it was the fear of losing a best friend once again, these were the typical teenage days when the biggest worries of my life were probably having fights with my best friends, and each time you felt I had had enough you taught me one way or another to let go.
Everyone, including me, forgets and tends to blame you for each hardship, that’s human nature, one never wants to take responsibility for their actions. But what each one of us forgot is that without a struggle, we’d be unfamiliar to feeling hope, peace, happiness, and contentment, the 4 most beautiful feelings.
You reminded me that everything passes, a living person, whose arteries are gushing blood to his heart one minute, can be dead the other. Then why can’t our minute problems be overcome? You told me that a healing process does exist, that turning to you was a solution. You never made me feel like I was powerless, which given the image we’re told to believe, you could have. With each struggle, you carved a scar on my heart, and made me believe that it was me, and me alone who courageously fought.
You made me believe in the possibility of loneliness, and how beautiful it could be too. You made me realize that to fall in love with little things, is greater than falling in love with colossal things, that empathy is more powerful than indifference, that forgiveness is more important than ruthlessness. That giving is stronger than taking, and that spreading happiness is the biggest worship of all.
There’s a time in everyone’s life when all they really want to do is just lie down, and as simple as this may sound it’s not easy. You know how through nature a deep cut, is gradually covered with protective layer of white blood cells, similarly when our heart aches, it has to be covered with a feeling greater than any, love. And you taught me this.
Difference of opinion on you have grown immensely, humans fight and shed blood, but blame you for it. They create havocs on the basis of your name, and kill innocents. Let that alone, we are no more empathetic, we don’t want to understand what anyone else might be going through, we have stopped being there for people and we have stopped believing in goodness. We run away from the reality, put one another down for our own motives, and then we question why we feel lost.
We have built in ourselves feelings of jealousy, I won’t debate on the fact that it’s natural. But there are certain things which are instilled in us, but are wicked. And life is all about fighting our own selves during this time, to realize what it takes to be happy for one another, is important because only that is when you also understand the purity of life.
It’s often said that turning to mortals for help is useless, my perception to this is different, and maybe it’s different because I feel very close to you. I believe that the reason you created the earth, and gifted it with humans is to construct a chain, each one of us, despite our geographical distances, is connected. We forget that as much as we require someone to just listen, sometime we require someone to just hold us too, and when you can’t physically be there for us, you create Messiahs in the form of souls that dwell in different forms, a mother, a best friend, a partner, a sister.. And the list goes on.
The biggest evidence that mistakes are okay, is given by you. You are our creator, as we believe and you created us imperfect, so that we learn through our mistakes and so that the little scars that are carved on our mind and hearts keep reminding us of what we have been through. You told us to live free, and a lot of people mistake that. If you didn’t want us to live happily and free you would’ve never created the idea of fate, or being unknown to the future. If I knew what the future held for me, I wouldn’t live the present as I deemed fit, but as you did.
You told us the importance of giving chances, at the same time as you told us the importance of letting go. We repeatedly disappoint you, but you stay alive in our hearts. A feeling which is pure and free of filth. We complicate the essence of religion, when it is actually very simple. It’s synonym to humanity, one thing which is so lost in today’s time.
We often forget our strength, we forget what about us makes us special and different. We turn our backs and fight our own personalities to please people, when all that we should be doing, is creating around us a world in which every being has the authority on his or her life, a world in which a child is aided to go to school and not to pick up trash. A world in which, a woman has the right to voice her opinion, and not be put down, a world in which even a man needs to be heard, a world in which a raped girl is praised on her strength, instead of blamed for impurity. A world in which terror can be belittled by unity, a world in which religion is not a forceful way of control, but a spiritual way of strength. A world in which a farmer has as much right to life as does a king.
And lastly, a world in which through your help we’re able to realize that it’s okay, that things pass, and that whatever happens, happens for a reason, that every individual has their own time, and that the beauty of life lies in the ambiguity of future. That living today should not be a guilt, but a pleasure. And that together, we are greater than evil.