Reflections - The Middle Path

There are essentially two forces happening simultaneously within the human being. There is a positive attraction, coming from the Qalb (heart) which directs us toward our Maker, and a negative force which induces us to follow our whimsical Nafs (ego).

The Qalb is constantly God-oriented, nostalgic for the Day of the Primordial Covenant as Allah the Exalted says:

“And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], "Am I not your Lord?" They said, "Yes, we have testified." [This] - lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware." (1)


The Nafs, a vital force and go between for the heart and the earth we live in, is also preoccupied with disorienting us from God, desiring itself instead, as Allah the Exalted says:

“Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?” (2)

The successful one is he or she who strikes the balance between these two forces. The positive tension that is born from such equilibrium between the Qalb and the Nafs creates the power needed to move us forward for God’s sake, alone. This is as He said, be He exalted:

“Guide us on the straight path” (3)

This Straightness, is also about positive tension. Neither too far to the left nor right and not excessively forward or back. This individual is not committed to anything but God who is always found in the middle.

“Indeed, my Lord is on a straight path.” (4)

That attribute is mentioned in its polar opposite, regarding the hypocrites who also are not committed to any extreme but lack the quality of the essentially heart-felt attachment to God:

“Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the believers nor to the disbelievers” (5)

May Allah give us Allah.



Footnotes:
1 Quran. 7:172
2 Quran. 25:43
3 Quran. 1:6
4 Quran.11:56
5 Quran. 41:43




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