Karma

Karma.

It’s what we tend to think of when we feel hurt by the actions of someone, because how can they get away with it?! They should reap what they sow, right?

Its become part of the urban dictionary to imply what goes around will come around.

Karma is a Hindu belief that  says bad deeds lead to a soul being reborn as an animal or an insect (as a punishment) and good deeds lead a soul to be reborn as a human being (reward). This karma is part of the cycle of reincarnation, which continues until the soul purifies itself from whatever binds it. When all of this is overcome, all karmic debts are settled. The soul is free.

There is no such thing as ‘Karma’ per se in Islam, where the soul lives once with the goal to navigate itself through its desires, in the Dunya. Nor is Islam a deeds based salvation, its a faith based salvation from believing in One true God, Allah.

Dunya is Arabic for the temporal world and its concerns. It is the superficial world when compared to the eternal life in the Hereafter. It is a place of trials and tribulations that determines where the soul will eternally reside after it departs Dunya.

Dunya is made attractive, to see how we stand and fall in the remembrance and worship of Allah amongst all his provisions without associating any partners of worship next to Him. A partner of worship or a ‘false God’ is anything that you put before or on par with Allah.

He says: “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 155]

So its not so much how someone behaves towards us but rather our response to it that’s more important. This doesn’t mean that anyone who hurts us and seeks salvation will get an easy life, because no soul will leave Dunya untested.

Give out what you want to come back. If its good, good will come. If it’s bad, then God is fair. He has plans for everyone, whether we see it in this life or in the next.

Stay on faith.

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