The Power of Plea and Salad Truckloads, Last Episode
September 26, 2014
Rabbighfir war’hum wa’anta khairur rahimeen
“Our Lord! Grant us forgiveness and mercy!
For You are the best of those who show mercy”
The many relationships that we form in this world, apart from the other constants like trust and love, they also require forgiveness – whether it is the children, spouse, friends or extended family. In some form or the other, in order to nurture a relationship, we have to brush aside a lot of differences, issues and arguments – hence displaying various degrees of forgiveness.
If we honestly introspect, we are often able to forgive but hardly forget. And we are recurrently asking others for forgiveness, expecting complete recovery, and then repeating our mistakes all over again! Could this, complete reliance on humanity for forgiveness be the reason of our inability to forget?
The above, seemingly minimal ayah from the Quran, in my opinion, actually holds a rather exhaustive and meticulous message. A plea from the believer to HIS creator, asking for both pardon and leniency. And also a complete acknowledgement of the fact that we have erred and it is only HIM, in all respects, who will show us mercy and compassion.
I think, if we faithfully ask Allah for forgiveness and mercy not only does He pardon us, but also equip us with the necessary strength, certain cautiousness and better judgment for the future, that enables us to wholeheartedly forgive, forget and prevent us from making the same mistakes again. A plain simple plea turns into a multi-faceted reward!
Moving on to the last episode of Salad Truckloads I have a subtle combination of zucchini shavings, sweet yellow corn, sliced creamy avocado, chopped tomatoes topped with a creamy honeyed yogurt dressing. This is ideal for those meatless meals that you might be craving for – definitely lenient on your waist – and pardoning the chocolate morsels that you fed on the previous night.