And, How It Feels?

It’s an exploration. She started with nothing and learning as she goes…

She has always been fond of writing. Though she had never aspired to be a published writer, she ended up being a medical writer right after college. It has been almost six years now her writing hundreds of write-ups for health & pharma sector.

However, it’s another thing to write the voice of your heart and the thoughts of your mind. It’s not like writing for a client.

Aaaaah!
And what, you ask, how it feels?

Well, it feels beyond words. However, a write is never without a word.
So, it feels like…

  • NOBLER THAN ANYTHING ELSE

She always believed that writers have a very noble profession. However, Qur’an gave her a deep-seated reason to believe this even more like never before.
All praise belongs to Allah the Exalted who created first the pen, and Said, “Write”, causing it to write everything that will occur until the Day of Resurrection. There can’t be a greater ground to affirm the blessing of the pen and writing when the Greatest of greats Allah mentions in surah Al-Qalam in Qur’an:

NUN. BY THE PEN AND WHAT THEY INSCRIBE [68: 1].

So, His taking an oath by pen, and creating it as the first creation shows the greatness of the pen and writing, because Allah the Exalted only swears by something great. Over and above that, the first word of Qur’an to be revealed was ‘Iqra’ (read) in surah Al-Alaq. Allah SWT mentions pen again in this surah when He says:

READ AND YOUR LORD IS THE MOST GENEROUS. WHO HAS TAUGHT (THE WRITING) BY THE PEN. [96: 3-4]

It goes without saying, that there can’t be any form of writing nobler than the writing about the words of Allah SWT, if Allah SWT is Himself affirming its nobility in His Book.

  • INTENTION MATTERS ABOVE ALL

It is always instilled in a writer’s mind to go through the feature sheet of any writing project before actually kick-starting the writing. However, she never had to introspect her intentions before writing even once in her career for client-writing. And, today…
Today she picks up her per as the famous hadeeth overpowers her thoughts.

PEOPLE WILL BE RESURRECTED (AND JUDGED) ACCORDING TO THEIR INTENTIONS [SUNAN IBN MAJAH]

Hafiz Salahuddin Yusuf in his commentary writes that No virtue will be accepted without Ikhlas (sincerity), no matter how great it may be. A pretender who does good deeds for the mere show will be consigned to Hell rather than being rewarded with Jannah [Muslim and Riyadh-us-Saliheen: Book 18, Hadith 1617].

How true an Imam said, “I did not treat anything more difficult than my sincerity”.

  • ACCOUNTABLE FOR EACH WORD

She says it loud that writing is not a fantasy, but a big accountability.

True! Any writer who is doing client-writing can relate to it. A writer would admit the accountability (to some extent) to the client, regarding the authenticity of information and copyright issue. However, the client would be more than happy if you modify the content a bit from here and a bit from there to yield him a better profit, even if at the stake of the veracity of the content.

But, how does it feel here?
Even more accountable.

She feels accountable to the Lord of the lords, the One Who is always all seeing…
for what she writes
for why she writes
for how she writes.

  • REWARD WITH HER CREATOR

As a student she wrote, she expected grades.
As a research scholar she wrote, she expected publication.
As an employee she wrote, she expected a salary.
As a blogger she wrote, she expected likes.
As for hobby she wrote, she expected pleasure.

Every time she wrote she expected some kind of reward from the creation of Allah SWT. Today she is writing without expecting anything from anybody. She doesn’t deny her aspirations as a Muslim writer, she is expecting a reward from the creator not from the creation. And, the reward is secure (in sha Allaah).

AND WHO HAS (IN MIND) NO FAVOR FROM ANYONE TO BE PAID BACK, EXCEPT TO SEEK THE COUNTENANCE OF HIS LORD, THE MOST HIGH. HE SURELY WILL BE PLEASED [92: 19-21].

  • OBLIGED TO WRITE

Being a writer might be a choice or a chance, never an obligation.
Then she read one verse in Quran, which left her restless for months.

THEN ON THAT DAY YOU SHALL BE ASKED ABOUT THE BOUNTIES (OF ALLAH) [102: 8].

 

Our Lord expects us to spend in His way from the bounties He gave us. These provisions are not limited to wealth, children, physical strength and time. They also encompass the talents and skills given to us.

She asked herself. She poked the hidden writer within her. She felt shy about not utilizing what had been given to her. She felt like using her skills and making some sense of her life. She felt obliged to write.

Aaah!
And what, you ask, how it feels?

It feels ‘blessed’.  It’s not like writing one’s own manifestations of mind, fantasies, or falsehood. It’s about writing the truth.  It’s a privilege, blessing, responsibility and an obligation at the same time.