[Photo: Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli, the great contemporary exegete of Qur'an]
One of the remarkable scenarios I recently witnessed in Mombasa’s esteemed Jaffery Academy is that two of our brilliant young boys would engage in long prostrations after zuhrayn prayers. Indeed, I said to my self, this is the age when such prostrations must start. ‘Ibada (worship) is not for a later age. When a youth lives a life of sincerity and prostrates in this way, Almighty Allah is proud of him near His angels. And the Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said: ‘Whosoever worships Allah well during his youth age, Allah would place wisdom in him during his old age.’ If we consider the past of all the noble people of the world, we would observe that they treasured their precious opportunity of youth age and spent every moment constructively. Sajda, we must appreciate, is the peak and zenith of the human journey to Almighty Allah. Those who pray out of presential knowledge and wisdom, literally behold that nothing save the Infinite One whose very existence cannot accept a second, exists. The ladder is before us. All we have to do is exercise in order to be able to climb it and attain Divine proximity.