Daily Prompt: Reason to Believe
In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day/people find some reason to believe.
What’s your reason to believe?
My mother died, when I was very young. My elder brother, (eight years elder than me) and I lived with father, after her death. My three younger siblings were looked after by the grandmothers.
Father was away most of the time. My older brother would be out playing with his friends. My life was school and home. At home, I would be found, swinging in the garden.
My education from class1 to class 3, was at a Convent School. My earlier religious education was conflicting. The Mother Superior at the Convent would drill the children, that Jesus was the son of God. The Maulvi Sahib, (religious teacher) at home, who used to teach me reading of the Quran, would say, “God is One, there is no god but He.”
I was, but a child. I thought that probably two gods existed in a parallel Universe.
At the same time, I would watch our cook saying his five times prayers. Sometimes I would stand beside him, emulating the way he used to pray, without understanding one bit. At night time, when he was saying the Isha Prayers, I would stand beside him. During prostration, I would fall asleep on the prayer mat.
Growing up, I started reading the translation of the Quran by myself. I loved reading it, and discovered the One, True God.
I understood that God is One. He sent his Messengers on earth, and Jesus was one of the Messengers. God has no need to beget a son. It’s but a lie.
In Surah Ikhlas (The Purity of Faith) Chapter 112, God Says:
Say: He is Allah
The One and Only
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute
He begetteth not
Nor is He begotten
And there is none
Like unto Him
Without my belief in God, I would have had a miserable life. I am thankful to God, for everything in my life.