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The Ant or The Elephant, which One is “Us” ?

Someday a thought came into my mind, how could humans be so arrogant about life. They underestimate other people, they think  that they are better than others. They think that they are stronger than others. They thinks that they are smarter, and then they don’t want to understand other people. In fact, they just fool themselves. They don’t realize that there is something bigger than their own thinking about this world.

There is a metaphor that best describes human’s arrogance. It’s like an ant  under elephant’s foot. The ant doesn’t know that it is under a giant creature. It doesn’t have any idea of how big the elephant is. It only knows that it walks on a big creature, something that it “knows” as an elephant. It also doesn’t have any idea of how the shape of an elephant is.

Human is just like an ant, a tiny creature in the universe, we have no idea of how big the universe is and we don’t realize that we are just dusts. so, what do we become arrogant for. Meanwhile we are just a fragile creature. We are all the same. No one is actually better than others.

                                                  يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا  إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ 

“O all flesh, actually We have created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes, that you all know each other. Verily the noblest among you in Allah’s sight is the most faithful. Surely Allah is Knower and knowledgeable “. (al-Hujurât: 13)

Reflecting from the verse above, the only thing that  differs human from the others is their faithfulness. We have to realize that this life is a test. We will be tested with problems, relationship, etc. At some points, this life is like a game, we have to make right decision for everything.  In order to make a good decision, we need to have humbleness, a pure heart, and only rely on The Almighty God.

وَمَنْ كَانَتْ الْآخِرَةُ نِيَّتَهُ جَمَعَ اللَّهُ لَهُ أَمْرَهُ وَجَعَلَ غِنَاهُ   فِي قَلْبِهِ وَأَتَتْهُ الدُّنْيَا وَهِيَ رَاغِمَةٌ

“And whoever desires the hereafter, Allah SWT collect her affairs (world) and made his fortune in the world of him and brought him under any circumstances.” (Reported byIbn Majah 4095)