It's mind blowing to realize that for every physical, seen reality, there is a comp...limentary spiritual, unseen reality. And we will fail if we only recognize the physical realities. We will fail if we don't look through the illusion of what we can 'see' with our eyes (Quran 2:3-5). For example, if someone's body is sick or dies, we mourn. But we feel no sadness for the walking bodies, with sick or dead hearts. If we see someone whose eyes are blinded, we feel sorry for them and label them 'handicapped'. But what of those whose eyes can see, but whose hearts are blind? We fight hard to feed the starving bodies--as we should. But who’s fighting to feed the starving souls? We wage war on physical poverty--as we should. But who’s waging war on the spiritual and moral impoverishment that's eating away at our community? We fight hard against physical oppression—as we should. But we continue to oppress our own selves by our sins and alienation from God. We look at the captives, and think that is imprisonment. And then we look at the people living for their desires, and we think that is freedom. We fail to recognize that true freedom and captivity is on the inside. As you read through the Quran, you begin to see that in the hereafter, these ‘spiritual realities’ take on a physical form. The ones who were spiritually blind in this life, become physically blind in the next (20:125-126). The ones whose hearts were veiled from God in this life, become physically veiled from God in the next (83:15). The ones who were chained by their nafs and desires in this life, become physically chained in the next (69:32). The ones who were spiritually at the forefront and nearest to God in this life, become physically at the forefront and nearest to God in the next (56:10-11). The ones who had spiritual light in this life, will have physical light in the next (57:12).
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