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Fool’s Gold

January 18, 2010

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Fool’s Gold

{ And Fir’aun (Pharaoh) proclaimed among his people, saying: “O my people! Is not mine the dominion of Egypt, and these rivers flowing underneath me. See you not then?}[43:51]

Oasis far though appearing nigh,

With each step, tongue still dry,

No closer reached while you try,

In despair you wonder why,

Deception’s Game upon the eye.

Firaun made the above statement to fool people into believing his assertion of greatness as a self-proclaimed God. Rivers, pyramids and great worldly dominion were enough to fool the majority of his followers that he was the one to be obeyed and feared above all. But in a blink of an eye, he as his followers were drowned in the sea leaving their wealth and possessions for others to inherit – al the while, Musa and the Children of Israel were allowed to obtain freedom.

I often wonder if something similar is occurring in the world that we live in. The mighty and strong are obviously causing tyranny in the land, enslaving billions (financially) while wrecking environmental havoc. Many buy into a dream that rarely materializes due the shackles of debt that subdue them, though temporary (borrowed) dimes and nickels give temporary satisfaction.

I wonder if this is a permanent state of existence. I am often amused at how our eyes (what we see) plays such a big role in perception. To illustrate this, I give a few examples:

  • A man approaches a cashier (a very beautiful woman), he forgets his name and what “your total is $45.50” means……
  •   A man dressed in an expensive 3 piece suit, casually walks past a company’s corporate security …… as it is assumed that he works in the building.
  • A man on welfare fools all as his new “ride on rims” is barely being paid each month as it is flaunted around the city.

There are many examples one can use, but the mechanism that allows all of this to occur is the eye. I remember asking a relative of mine what is meant by “sleight of hand” or “optical illusion”. I will just say that I was not satisfied with the answer. Can you explain either while making sense?

 There are things that are far beyond what our eyes can see and it is important to look beyond the physical in order to appreciate that. Facades are real and what can look like a solid structure, could actually be a few pieces of wood slapped upon a crumbling, cracking foundation.

Does every lemon have a badly painted body with visible dents?

Is every rich man happy and content?

Could a ghetto home be flowing with love?

Could a supermodel have HIV?

An illiterate man spoke with great literacy……… how is that possible?

His followers are slowly awakening……..may Allah allow us SEE.


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