When talking about chickens, hens and roosters, they are always considered as something delicious deserved on our plates. In fact nowadays it is the most popular meat demanded all over the world. However, for every creations that Allah has made, there are roles to be played by each and every members of this world no matter how small and big they are or how important or not they are in the sights of different people. In many cases, the absence of the other could lead to disastrous effects.
In this post, I would like to us to look into another important role that we might miss out about chickens, in particular a Rooster. I could simply put it as a natural alarm clock that is responsible to wake us up early in the morning. In fact, it wakes you up few minutes, just before the Fajr (Subuh/Dawn) time. In other words, I would say it actually calls you to wake up to do your Tahajjud prayer and your Fajr prayer! How amazing is that!? I would interpret it as, “Hey you guys! Wake up! Prepare yourself to pray in front of our Creator, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala…”.
No matter what it means really, deep inside, I feel it is another way how Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala actually helps us to remember Him and to see which of His servants who remembers Him at the moment where most people would refuse to sacrifice although we would do it if we have important deadlines to meet. It is a proof how Allah is the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful since He does a lot of different things be it obvious or indirectly to help us save ourselves from the torment of Hellfire He has created.
If we reflect ourselves on the deeds we did in the past, how long did we spend at night remembers Allah and asking for His forgiveness, mercy and His pleasure over things we did? Although in actual fact, we know that this is something we need to do in order to protect ourselves from the torments of the Hellfire. When was the last time we really remembers Allah? Yet, Allah still gives us time and chances for us to go back and remembers Him again in our deeds. So, there is no reason for us in the Day of Judgement soon to say to Him, “O Allah! You did not remind me over my forgetfulness!”
Let’s ask forgiveness from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala over this forgetfulness of ours. Let’s set an intention to improve ourselves to be more obedient and remembers Him a lot more than we did before. Let’s set an intention to wake up a little bit early tomorrow to perform our Tahajjud prayer we have long missed…
“1. O thou folded in garments! 2. Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night,- 3. Half of it,- or a little less, 4. Or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tones. 5. Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message. 6. Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise). 7. True, there is for thee by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties: 8. But keep in remembrance the name of thy Lord and devote thyself to Him whole-heartedly. 9. (He is) Lord of the East and the West: there is no god but He: take Him therefore for (thy) Disposer of Affairs.” (Surah Al-Muzzammil 73:1-9)
“O Allah, forgive us…don’t let us indulged in our forgetfulness in remembering you….Ameen”.