Hope and peace

The human soul is designed for  an active life. Peace means the end of that life.

Faith, on a large scale, is a constituent of hope, its pivot. For this very commonplace  reason of interdependency, it does not abandon a human being right up to his/her dying breath. The traditional “hope springs eternal in the human breast” takes place right by reason of such a strong, indissoluble interrelation. I would draw your attention to the fact that the fatal outcome of the hope is preceded by the disappearance of faith: it clears the way and opens the gates of eternity for the man with his thoughts, intentions and, of course, hope that it will all come right in the end. 

Faith is like a doorbrand, with the entrance to eternity imagined as a big door separating us from earthly being. It can be opened by one turn of the door handle, i.e., roughly speaking, by overcoming the last obstacle on the way of the person leaving this perishable world that has become useless for our hope or if the world is not able to keep and save our emotions, feelings gathered and properly put in the “basket” of our hope. The order of people’s coming to and leaving this world that has become usual and tested by a thousand years’ history of forming and development of human society seems prima facie simple.

Before the door to the afterlife is open, human life passes with all possible events, both pleasant and sad. Hope and faith do not simply abandon this world; they leave a great deal of human recollections, interrelations, people’s warmth and good deeds. 

There is an ancient golden rule: “Either good or nothing about the dead!” Perhaps, the rule is not applied to every person leaving this world. However, the good man’s leaving is fairly accompanied by splendor funerals, prayers, wreaths, flowers, and, of course, good words about the dead person who has been left in peace. He cannot be called to account anymore!

It turned out that the word peace has not only a significant, but also a sacral meaning. It seems that people do not often use it correctly, to the point when say “leave me alone (in peace)”, “he provided the peace of his mind”, “wish you happiness and peace of mind!” It is great, isn’t it? We pronounce all these phrases exclusively with good intentions, without going into their heart. With no less sympathy we tell the dead person’s relatives: “May it be your last grief!” It means that he must leave this world earliest of all his relatives. Otherwise, our words of sympathy would have no sense.

Nevertheless, these are particulars. The main thing is we all who still inhabit this world, have to watch with excitement and doubts the constantly repeating moment of our close people’s leavings from this world, whose peace and quiet cannot be shattered any longer. So, we will have to get absolute, or I would say eternal peace one day. I think that all the people of the world are, if not blood kin, at least very close to one another by their fates of coming to, living in and going from this perishable world. This unites us very much. So, it means that there is a serious reason to hope and go on living, keeping one’s faith and hope and not let them disappear untimely, to change one’s earthly life to eternal peace. 


Rafig Y.Aliyev,

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, founder of “Irshad” Center on Islamic Studies

17.07.2017 15:20 / Hits: 1010 / Print
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