Friday, February 11, 2011

The Beauty of Love in Islam & Christianity

          For those who feel lost and weary, for those who are alone and deserted: there seems to be some missing ingredient. Some elusive property that makes the lives of others appear joyous, almost giddy, by comparison. While they struggle to bear each day, those around them seem to glide through life unscathed. What is it that separates these unfortunate individuals from the happy-go-lucky?

          It isn't intelligence, fame or fortune. All of these "conditions" have their share of lonely, desperate people. It isn't luck. Many "lucky" people fall into the ranks of the miserable. Even those, who seem to live blessed lives, can find themselves groping after an intangible goal; some sign that their lives haven't been lived in vain. What they may not realize is that the goal they are searching for is lurking right beneath the surface of very their souls, waiting to be discovered.

        While it might sound cliche or trite, the missing ingredient is love. Those who are loved rarely struggle to find a purpose in life. It surrounds them in nearly everything they do. Love is across from them at the breakfast table. It snuggles next to them on a cold winter night. It walks with them under a rain-soaked umbrella. It brings them bunches of wildflowers, a cold sip of tea, or a crayola sunset on a crumpled sheet of paper.

            To be loved is only a part of the missing ingredient. Rarely will love be found if one doesn't risk everything and offer this most tender emotion to others. All around us are people in need of compassion. A friendly smile, a gentle word of encouragement, help in a time of need. A bond is established, no matter how insignificant it might seem. From these brief moments, true relationships can blossom and grow. And even if these encounters never develop into anything more than a fleeting memory, they add texture and meaning to our lives.

             But love is not purely a human emotion. Love comes from God above. He made us in His image, for His pleasure. It is His desire to shower us with His love, even when we haven't loved Him in return. There is no greater joy than to know the love of God and extend it back to Him. An eternal bond is created that transcends the physical limits of our universe. Regardless of our religion, whether Islam or Christian, we shared a common bond when it comes to love.

             In Bible for example:
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2

           There is no greater purpose in life than to love and be loved, by God and men. Nothing else can fill the void that exists inside our hearts when we look to the world, its temptations and its material rewards, to make us whole. Anything less than love will leave us lost, weary, alone and deserted.

            In Al-Quran for example:
"And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion." Al - Anbiyaa 30:21.

           As such, regardless of our religions or races, lets celebrate the beauty of love because we are one. 

 To you whom I haven't met yet, the sky is so dark today with occasional rain and thunderstorm, but before the sun sets at the bay, I can see the beautiful rainbow across the sky, how I wish you are looking at the same direction too. Well, I think we haven't met yet because God want us to discover the love in a groovy kind of way, and for me, I hope one day, you will read all the serenades which I dedicated for you, my other half of the sky. I hope you are fine and happy wherever you are, and my love is here for you one day. :)

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