“We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”-Surah Al Baqarah 2: 156.
Finally, fall has started here in Canada at the end of October. Wherever your eyes go, they can only see leaves everywhere. It looks like the streets are carpeted with different colored leaves. This natural decoration is rare to see. The backyards and front yards of houses are either filled with leaf piles or flooded with leaves. In such a morning I was walking to school from home. I was walking through the leaves fallen on my way. The fallen leaves always remind me of death. I usually compare my life with leaves and death with a fallen leaf. I think my soul is stuck to a tree, and one day that leaf will fall and I will die. I don’t know why I think that , only my creator knows. But, I know from when I started to think like that. It really started when I got the job at my daughter’s school as a student supervisor. I usually walk to school. So, on the way I see fallen leaves even if it is not fall season. As I think a fallen leaf is similar to a dead soul I feel scared to step on it. For which is why, I avoid the fallen leaf and find my way without stepping on it. On that day I didn’t have any scope to skip the leaves because it was like a printed long sari( Bengali traditional dress for women) up to my destination. And the sari was all printed with leaves without leaving a single blank spot where I can step. It reminded me that one day all the souls will be dead and will fall like this. We know that plant grows on earth amazingly it finishes its life on earth too. When the leaves fall they perishes on the earth. And leaves are the symbol of life of a tree. Similarly, We know that Allah has created us from dried clay. When we die, our dead body will be placed in grave which is made on earth. And much like the fallen leaves, our body also perishes on earth. That’s why I strongly believe this verse of Quran “We surely belong to Allah and Him we shall return”.
After I published this post, I spent the whole night thinking about my idea of relating leaves with life. After a long thought, I realized that when I was a 4-5 years old girl I used to think similarly. Basically , one day my Amma (mother) told us that all the souls were created altogether. Then I tried to visualize the fact in my child mind and I could see a huge tree with leaf-shape souls hanging on the tree,and all the leaves are different color and different shade of lights. I carried that thought in my mind for a long time. After I grew up with time this memory faded away. Now it revived back at this time. I am glad that I recalled my memory correctly, Alhamdulillah.