The Way (4)

The are many ways and there are many who would call to their ways.
The Arabic word for way is tariq – طريق –
When that way is easy, it is called sabil – سبيل –
Some of these ways are clear and well marked but some are not.
When a way is clear, it is called sirat – صراط –
Of all the ways, the sirat would be the primary choice.
To deviate from it without a legitimate reason would be unwise and might endanger oneself and maybe others.
There might be many clear ways to reach one’s destination.
However, the shortest way is the best.
Of all the ways, there is no shorter than the one that is straight.
The Arabic word for straight is mustaqim – مستقيم –
You want to resolve an issue.
That issue might be political, economical, environmental, familial or just personal.
For instance:
1. How do we solve the Palestinian issue?
2. What is fair trade? Brexit with EU deal or without ?
3. Is the damage done to the environment reversible?
4. What is inner peace ?
We share responsibility with others on many of these issues.
However, that which is personal is your sole responsibility.
You will probably meet a lot of obstacles in solving your issues with the material world and with the spiritual one.
Finding a clear straight path to the solution will require maturity in the use of reason, remembrance and good intentions coupled with good practice.

وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ذَٰلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُم بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“And, indeed this is My clear way, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous [by minimising harm].”
Quran 6:153

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