Photo Challenge : Shadow

Photo was taken at Doi Hong (Red Sand Dunes), Mui Ne, Vietnam on 2016.

It was a sunny day; we were holding each other hand on this strange new land.

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There is an old saying :

“Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in the dark.”

Indeed. Our shadow is Allah’s creation too. They just obeying their Rabb’s rule to not appearing before human sight in darkness. The Rabb wants human to realize that nothing ever last forever, except Him… to depend onto Him only, always, and forever. Allah, The Only Eternal One on Earth and Heaven.

Do you know? Every other thing, besides human, have their own way of prostrating to Their Creator, Our Creator. Only we don’t always understand how they do it. It may be different than human’s way.

Yes, including our shadow .

QS. Al-Haj [22] : 18 

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَمَن فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلشَّمْسُ وَٱلْقَمَرُ وَٱلنُّجُومُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ وَٱلشَّجَرُ وَٱلدَّوَآبُّ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ حَقَّ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْعَذَابُ ۗ وَمَن يُهِنِ ٱللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُۥ مِن مُّكْرِمٍ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۩

Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? But upon many the punishment has been justified. And he whom Allah humiliates - for him there is no bestower of honor. Indeed, Allah does what He wills. 
Apakah kamu tiada mengetahui, bahwa kepada Allah bersujud apa yang ada di langit, di bumi, matahari, bulan, bintang, gunung, pohon-pohonan, binatang-binatang yang melata dan sebagian besar daripada manusia? Dan banyak di antara manusia yang telah ditetapkan azab atasnya. Dan barangsiapa yang dihinakan Allah maka tidak seorangpun yang memuliakannya. Sesungguhnya Allah berbuat apa yang Dia kehendaki.

QS. Ar-Ra`d [13] : 15 

وَلِلَّهِ يَسْجُدُ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَظِلَٰلُهُم بِٱلْغُدُوِّ وَٱلْءَاصَالِ ۩

And to Allah prostrates whoever is within the heavens and the earth, willingly or by compulsion, and their shadows [as well] in the mornings and the afternoons.
Hanya kepada Allah-lah sujud (patuh) segala apa yang di langit dan di bumi, baik dengan kemauan sendiri ataupun terpaksa (dan sujud pula) bayang-bayangnya di waktu pagi dan petang hari.

QS. An-Nahl [16] : 48 

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا۟ إِلَىٰ مَا خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ مِن شَىْءٍ يَتَفَيَّؤُا۟ ظِلَٰلُهُۥ عَنِ ٱلْيَمِينِ وَٱلشَّمَآئِلِ سُجَّدًا لِّلَّهِ وَهُمْ دَٰخِرُونَ

Have they not considered what things Allah has created? Their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to Allah , while they are humble.
Dan apakah mereka tidak memperhatikan segala sesuatu yang telah diciptakan Allah yang bayangannya berbolak-balik ke kanan dan ke kiri dalam keadaan sujud kepada Allah, sedang mereka berendah diri?

QS. Al-‘Isra’ [17] : 44 

تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتُ ٱلسَّبْعُ وَٱلْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ ۚ وَإِن مِّن شَىْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِۦ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا

The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.
Langit yang tujuh, bumi dan semua yang ada di dalamnya bertasbih kepada Allah. Dan tak ada suatupun melainkan bertasbih dengan memuji-Nya, tetapi kamu sekalian tidak mengerti tasbih mereka. Sesungguhnya Dia adalah Maha Penyantun lagi Maha Pengampun.

So, if your own shadow leaves you in the dark, don’t worry too much… Let it be. It’s its fate.

Find its real owner instead. The Owner of everything you have, The Owner of everything you don’t have. The Owner of everything you get, The Owner of everything you lost. The Almighty God, Allah Subhanallahu Ta’ala.

That One is capable of doing anything, except leaving you… He loves too much, He won’t have a heart to hurt / leave / abandon you. To Allah belongs all the beautiful names. Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, Al-Waduud. He is The Greatest Love of All

Being loved by Him makes you capable of loving the entire universe. People’s nonsense doesn’t burden your heart anymore.

via Photo Challenge: Shadow

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