A Stranger and a Seafarer
The capricious summer breeze narrates the story of cotton harvesting from seed to fabric. The same seasonal changes, the same farms, the same cotton fields produce tons of cotton every year. Here the bunch of birds flew in search of food and water migrated near the sea.
Birds family didn’t take much time to adopt the environmental changes and get familiar with every pace of that region. That place is more than enough to fulfill their appetite.
One day a bird sat on one of the seafarer’s boats in the river. He took people from one end and dropped on the other side. The small hole in between the wooden planks of the boat helped her to drink some water. She was about to fly away when she got to pay attention to the stranger’s conversation.
Stranger: What is fabricated in this world?
Seafarer: It seemed that everything in this world is fabricated including the human’s behavior. The child is born as pure as morning dews. People suffer from emotional imbalance, anxiety, depression, anger. Our habits keep on changing under the circumstances which life brings into a picture. Later on, those habits become our nature. Unfortunately, “Compassion” is seen nowhere in this intellect society.
Stranger: How to attain Inner Peace?
Seafarer: Peace is related to faith directly and faith comes from “Submission”. Inner peace is the satisfaction related to your nafs or soul. You are even contented and patient in difficult times because your nafs demands nothing but only matters is the “Will of Allah Almighty”. You spend time on the betterment of humanity and ultimately people find comfort while sharing their problems with you. You are the lantern which provides light to others.
Stranger: Are you not afraid of this vast sea?
Seafarer: Being surrounded by water is truly a bliss. The freedom and calmness I experience in all these years of my life taught me invaluable lessons. Living in an unpredictable environment shows the reality of a man. “Trusting in Allah Almighty” in all circumstances is my strength to move on.
“Whoever relies upon Allah-then He is sufficient for him.” Quran (65-3)
When my boat started rolling and pitching, I felt scared but not panic. I know, my every little move count for getting back to shore, so carefully, I predict the elements. Being a good observer, I feel a deep connection with mother nature.
Stranger: What have you learned from this sea?
Seafarer: I have gone through the lightning storm, and hurricane, drastic winds to extreme weather conditions, but I learn to “Respect” it. Spending time with the sea is the source of inspiration, discovery, and rejuvenation. If you are a “Good Learner”, you can only find the sea a good friend of yours.
The bird flew back towards her nest and thought that seafarer’s heart was so pure, filled with the love of Allah Almighty. Those who helped the humanity will surely be rewarded by Almighty. That’s why a man is titled as “Insan-e-Kamil.