Its said that Muslims used to fear emptiness; in time, in space and even in architecture. If you look at the Islamic architecture wherever found, especially the old one in mosques or palaces that are still surviving from the Muslims era you would never find an empty wall, arch or ceiling, they are always decorated with either Ayat Al-Quran, poetry or words of wisdom.
I believe in the importance of time and fear emptiness too, I might be more annoyed with emptiness than fearful of it, this is why since I was at school for BA, I developed the habit of keeping books, notebooks, pens and sometimes an Arabic lexicon in a pack bag, in case there is no enough lighting, I keep audio books and lectures in my phone. Using all this material, I found a lot of wasted time that I can use, not mentioning the benefit of avoiding empty talks.
Currently I am listening to an audio book by the title (Zealot – The life and time of Jesus of Zanareth) By Reza Aslan and listening to the Seerah of Prophet Mohammed PBUH by Yasir Alqadi, and reading the book of Alfawaed by Ibnu Taymeya. I would like to share some important information I learnt today.
I have always thought about the situation of Arabs in pre-Islam and how they became pagans, and Yasir Alqadi explained that Prophet Mohammed PBUH talked about the first person who introduced an Idol in Makkah and his name was Amr Ibnu Luhay Alkuzae. The Prophet PBUH said that the latter was the first to change the Deen of Ismail and Ibrahim, meaning that their religion was Islam and actually a lot of our rituals remain as theirs in Islam, I will include the link for more details. So this Amr Alkuzae was approximately 500 years before Mohammed PBUH, and he once visited Syria which was at that time occupied by the Amalekites who were then the strongest and most sophisticated nation on earth, they were known to be undefeatable. When Amr was there he saw statues and asked the Amalekites about them, and they told him that these are idols we to which we pray in times of wars and need, and they provide us with whatever we want and help us defeat our enemies! Hearing that, Amr asked them to give him one so he can take back home, and they gave him one called (Hobal)! The idol was put in front of Ka’ba and people started to make tawaf and provide qurbat for it! But wait! What kind of authority does Amr have to ask people to do so!? Here is the lesson that Yassir Alqadi explained and it really touched me:
1- Amr was the leader of Makkah at the time, and he was loved because he was generous and has saved the city in times of wars until he became beloved leader! And the lesson here is not to be like the cheap that follows the shepherd, even if the leader is a trusted icon, his orders and calls shall always be subject to scrutiny and examination.
2- The Amalekites were the strongest and most sophisticated on earth, however, there were wrong in their beliefs! This fact urges us to be as protective as possible on our Aqeeda and not to be deluded by any ill-intentioned calls to tweak our beliefs in accordance with the times and desires. When looking at advanced nations in modern times, we shall be very careful in what we take from them.
I will leave you here to think about this, it really had me deeply thinking, I am sure it will for you.
Here is the link to the video, by the way, the series of the Yassir Qaddi about the Seera is about the 100 episode and its very useful!