The other day I was on Aol (my web server) and I came upon something quite interesting. I found some menus for the type of meals served upon the Titanic. There has been much talk about the Titanic lately and this April 10th, 1998 marks the 86th anniversary of when the Titanic first set sail from England on its first and only voyage.
Thinking about the Titanic can serve as a good reminder and warning to us insha'Allah.
The Titanic was the largest ship built in its time. It reached 3 football fields in length and twelve stories high. People were so arrogant and proud about this ship that they claimed it was "practically unsinkable". They were so arrogant that they didn't even pack enough lifeboats in the ship because they never thought it would or could sink. They were a people puffed up in pride.
Even though they had reports from other ships warning of the ice ahead, the Titanic continued to increase in speed. When they finally spotted the iceberg, it was too late and the side of the ship scraped along the ice creating a series of punctures and buckled plates 300 feet long. Within 3 hours this "unsinkable" ship sank towards the bottom of the ocean.
When the passengers and crew of the Titanic boarded this ship, where did they put their faith and trust? Was it in this ship which they boasted of and some termed "practically unsinkable" or was their faith and trust in Allah, the Most Great the Most High?
This story reminds me of another one in the Qur'aan from Surah al-Kahf (18).
32. «And put forward to them the example of two men; unto one of them We had given two gardens of grapes, and We had surrounded both with date-palms; and had put between them green crops (cultivated fields etc.).
33. Each of those two gardens brought forth its produce, and failed not in the least therein, and We caused a river to gush forth in the midst of them.
34. And he had property (or fruit) and he said to his companion, in the course of mutual talk: I am more than you in wealth and stronger in respect of men." [See Tafsir Qurtubî, Vol. 10, Page 403].
35. And he went into his garden while in a state (of pride and disbelief) unjust to himself. He said: "I think not that this will ever perish.
36. "And I think not the Hour will ever come, and if indeed I am brought back to my Lord, (on the Day of Resurrection), I surely shall find better than this when I return to Him."
37. His companion said to him, during the talk with him: "Do you disbelieve in Him Who created you out of dust (i.e. your father Adam), then out of Nutfah (mixed semen drops of male and female discharge), then fashioned you into a man?
38. "But as for my part (I believe) that He is Allâh, my Lord and none shall I associate as partner with my Lord.
39. It was better for you to say, when you entered your garden: 'That which Allâh wills (will come to pass)! There is no power but with Allâh [Mã shã'a 'Allãhu lã quwwata 'illã bil-lãh] '. If you see me less than you in wealth, and children.
40. "It may be that my Lord will give me something better than your garden, and will send on it Husbân (torment, bolt, etc.) from the sky, then it will be a slippery earth.
41. "Or the water thereof (of the gardens) becomes deep-sunken (underground) so that you will never be able to seek it."
42. So his fruits were encircled (with ruin). And he remained clapping his hands with sorrow over what he had spent upon it, while it was all destroyed on its trellises, he could only say: "Would I had ascribed no partners to my Lord!" [Tafsir Ibn Kathîr]
43. And he had no group of men to help him against Allâh, nor could he defend or save himself.»
Through this we may see the great importance of humbleness and faith and the evil of pride. We should try and remove every atom of pride away from our hearts. That is why when we see something we like within ourselves or elsewhere we should attribute the good to Allah rather than ourselves and say, " Mã shã'a 'Allãh lã quwwata 'illã bil-lãh" [That which Allâh wills (will come to pass)! There is no power but with Allâh].
We should also be careful to not follow the footsteps of Satan (Iblis) and his followers in their pride and arrogance in keeping from submitting to Allah's way.«And (remember) when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam." And they prostrated except Iblîs (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allâh).» [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:34]Rather, we should submit to Allah's way and follow the Qur'aan and the Sunnah in the way of the Prophet (S) and his companions followed it - the way Allah wanted us to follow it.«It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allâh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.» [Surah Al-Ahzab 33:36]Pride is not the way of the believers.«The Messenger (Muhammad SAW) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allâh, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, "We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers" - and they say, "We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all)."» [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:285]May Allah protect us from pride and following the footsteps of shaytaan and may Allah make us amongst the humble and righteous. Ameen.