Equilibrium

Science. The most groundbreaking and intriguing field, in my humble opinion.

It holds the answers to many of our questions, yet it leaves us awe-struck… and at times, completely lost. Science, I believe, not only facilitates our understanding of the deen, but rather allows us to appreciate the workings of the Artist, the Shaper of Beauty — Al Musawir. The intricate pathways of a g-protein complex working with its mechanisms or just the functioning of the human systems should be enough to prove that there is, indeed, a higher being who runs this universal phenomenon. The one who sets these things in motion. The one who created this.

Coincidentally, as I rummaged through my Chemistry II binder from last year — hands down the best and worst class ever — I came upon a rather tattered piece of crumpled paper. The title said — Le Chatelier’s Principle.

Know what that Principle states? No..? Let me enlighten you, mates..

Le Chatelier, a grand genius of his time, claimed that if a dynamic equilibrium is disturbed by changing the conditions, the position of equilibrium moves to counteract the change.

Your thinking… WHAT. DOES. THAT. MEAN..? well lucky for you… I’m here to explain, eh?

In simplicity, if something is added to one side… another element must be added to the other remaining side, in order to get a balance. an equilibrium.. got it? Good.

In terms, this chemical enigma, as many of you see it as, is a doctrine that I believe should be observed in our daily lives. It calls for a balance between different components, and pressures one to find the middle path in between. the route of moderation.

Essentially, this holds as a MAJOR concept in terms of Islam in the twenty-first century. You must admit, dear friend, that many extremes are portrayed in religion today.. especially in Islam.. we see the hardcore religious “fanatics”, if you may allow me to label them, who are strict to such a degree that it defeats the purpose of living life and enjoying the small moments of happiness.. Allah tells us to excel in the dunya and make use of it — you’re not supposed to enter seclusion and live a life without halal worldly enjoyment and pleasure..

Contrarily, we have our folks who be hittin’ up them clubs up in hurrr.. and then after dancing the night away.. missing fajr, zuhr, asr, maghrib, isha.. oh woops — there go all your prayers..

What’s funny is the fact that Islam came as a refinement for the religions that Allah sent down before.. those religions had gone to an extreme.. they deviated from the norm, thus Islam was sent as …moderation.

Do you ever sense that..? I DO. All the time.. you know, I bet you’ve felt those moments as a crazy shock of IMAN RUSH amplifies your mind and soul.. it keeps coming and you got that khushoo goin’ on.. and your full of love in your heart for Allah.. or when you come out of some amazing lecture… or Al Maghrib.. or even after having a conversation with someone about a heated topic in Islam.. you feel the inspiration. the feeling. the zeal. and you’re planning all your life goals out and you decide “Today, I’m going to start being a better Muslim…”

And then.. slowly, yet surely… it all dies down. You return back to your previous ways, and another shock of Iman doesn’t hit you again until go through that cycle again..

What’s my point? Good question. My point is — We need momentum, instead of motivation. Motivation is a feeling that heightens our views and passions about certain things.. but it’s just an emotion. It’s bound to die down, just as all feelings do. But, MOMENTUM… momentum stays with you.. it is the consistency that prevails and leads to the betterment. The two may dwell symbiotically, but the one with a greater benefit is, indeed, momentum. It is the core to fulfilling.. to achieving.

All in all, we shouldn’t be fooled by our emotions.. and surges of Islamic epiphany that only last while they can. Though they are good to an extent.. the temporary nature is vulnerable to die down. Instead, to maintain those epiphanies and the rush of Imaan, the careful maintenance of parity and harmony is necessary.

Ideally, we are searching for a path of balance. of equilibrium. of moderation. In essence, of the Siraat-al-Mustaqeem.

Peace and Blessings.

Sincerely,

ROSENCRANTZ..

~ by kwaai on February 14, 2008.

9 Responses to “Equilibrium”

  1. I don’t know what you’re talking about, your writing is amazing. mashaAllah :).

  2. omgz noz. lol, I feel so weird being there because…I don’t go there lol . idkz. inshaAllah next yr. you can see me all you want. ;)

  3. salam.. i’m talking about a whole range of ideas that stem off from one another..

    i started off stating a scientific concept.. and relating it back to Islam, and how it might be portrayed islamically.

    in perspective, i’m stating the need to be moderate in religion… it’s outcomes, and it’s effects.

    peace and blessings.

  4. and might i ask WHAT you’re second comment is talking about.. haha

  5. LOL OK now I know the difference between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

    This post was like 39273293 times better than mine, even though someone said they didn’t get it. =)

    ANYWAYS, YES you have a very, very, VERY, good point, and I actually love how you implemented science along with it.

    Wow Le Chatlier’s principle… haven’t heard that in a while, but yes it makes sense as well.

    This is the thing, I agree with everything you say and more so, but the fact is with all that momentum, you have to do something with it.

    Sure those surges you’re talking about come and go, I know, believe me, after one it’s like WOW what am I doing, and you look at yourself a week later and you’re just back to the same old thing.

    I think those surges serve as reminders. Just reminders. That’s all they are. Reminders from Allah. What are you doing. I’m trying to HELP you. Get UP and DO SOMETHING. That’s all it is.

    And it ALL comes down to whether you’re going to make that reminder into a habit, or you’re going to let it dominate you for a day and let it slip away.

    So take the reminders seriously. You may not get another one.

    Take the opportunities as they arise.

    Insha’Allah you go to Jannah. =D

  6. look

    i dont realy need some kufaars science

    the religion is in the book. i dont know why you need some kufaar to help your week iman

  7. OKAY WOW I GET IT NOW.

    Pardon me, please.

    The first comment was in regards to uhh..Guildenstern saying their writing was getting bad. I totally understand the post lol. very well written mashaAllah.

    We actually just learned about Le Chetelier’s principle and equilibrium alhamdulillah. Chemistry…every part of me hate every single thing about it but subhanAllah you can’t deny how mind blowing it is. Like you said, I don’t know how anyone could deny.

    As far as the second post, let’s just say I wish there was a delete button to some things in life >.<.

  8. lolz Fasbir, don’t worry. I understood.
    -Guildenstern
    ;)

  9. Assalamu Alaikum,

    This question is one of the most important questions that we as Muslims in the Twenty – First century have to address.

    A long time has passed since The Prophet Sallalahu Alahi Wa Salam was walking on this Earth, and it’s been centuries upon centuries since the four great madhabs were started and refined.

    We live in an age of the Internet, automobile, globalization, to the point where developments in a remote part of the world will be known throughout the duniya in hours.

    Einstein used to find God through the beauty of physics, meshing science and religion together.

    Just because you have imaan and want Akhira doesn’t mean you can’t have Duniya.

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