In Pursuit of the Real Sukoon
Long time ago, while travelling from one destination to another, a man’s sight fell on the ground where he saw a stone that was shining brilliantly. He picked it up and immediately fell in love with it.
Actually, it was a large diamond! However, the man had no idea whatsoever about the value or even the existence of a diamond. He simply fell in love with it because of its glitter. While walking on his way, he went on hurling the diamond in the air and catching it back.
A while later he was seen by another person. When this person spotted him playing with an object, he immediately recognised the highly valuable diamond. From the way he was playing with it, this person also perceived that the man was unaware of its worth. He started making plans on how to acquire that diamond from that man.
He approached him and asked him where he was going. The man said that he was on his way to such and such a place.
“Oh! I am also going to that place. Can I join you?” This person asked the first man.
“Sure! Why not?” the man replied.
So, both the men pursued their journey.
When evening fell, they came across a lodging house and they decided to spend the night there. When the man who possessed the diamond was deep in sleep, the second person stood up from his bed and started looking for that diamond. He checked his bag, but he did not find it there. He then went close to the snoring man and gently checked the pockets of his pyjamas, but it was not there too! He also very carefully checked under his pillow, but it was not there either. This person really wondered where the diamond had disappeared.
The next morning as they continued their journey, to the utter surprise of the second man the first one took out the diamond from his pocket and started hurling it in the air.
As evening fell, they again took lodging in a guest house and at night time when the first man was in a deep slumber the second man took the opportunity to check all his belongings. To his astonishment he once again failed to locate the valuable stone!
On the third night too, which was supposed to be the last night of their journey, the same occurrence took place. This man failed to find the diamond. As they came close to the destination they were heading for, he revealed to the man with the diamond his true reason for accompanying him till that place.
“To tell you the truth my purpose to accompany you till here was to get hold of the diamond, but I have miserably failed in my mission. Now I am really curious about where you were hiding the diamond during all the three nights. Please solve this mystery for me.”
The man with the diamond smiled. He said, “You were looking for the shining stone everywhere else while it was lying right in your possession all the three nights!”
“What do you mean?” the man asked him with profound shock.
“You never checked the pockets of your own coat that each night you used to hang it on the wall.” the man replied. “I used to hide it in one of the pockets of your coat in your absence. All the three nights you looked everywhere else, but you never bothered to check your own pockets.”
This story has a strong reminder for all Muslims who are looking for Sukoon in life.
What is Sukoon?
Sukoon is the peace of mind, serenity, tranquillity, contentment.
It is not a material object. It cannot be weighed. It can only be felt. It is the most priceless feeling.
People tend to check every nook and corner of the world, every society and every culture (including the western one), every entertainment source and every social media, to seek for it but they are not successful.
Some people look for it in the most lavishly designed, gorgeous and exquisite buildings where they reside, or in the most luxurious and state-of-the-art motor vehicles which they drive, or in the most expensive designer brands of fashionable clothes they put on, but they do not taste even a morsel of it.
Then from where can we find the genuine Sukoon?
For us, Muslims, we need not look around for it. The real Sukoon is hidden within us only. It is concealed in the most Precious and the most Treasured Gift that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has presented to us.