Labels vs Fitrah
Allah’s Apostle said, “No child is born except on the fitra and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian (Zoroastrian), as an animal produces a perfect young animal: do you see any part of its body amputated?”
– Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 441
What does Fitrah mean?
Fitrah can mean many things. It can mean nature, constitution, disposition, or in esoteric terms intuition.
So what does it mean that you are born in Fitrah and then you change.
Simple, Ur nature or Fitrah, as a child, is to smile when ur happy and cry when Ur upset.
Ur very pure and also very simple. But as you grow older, people around you and the environment around you tells you what labels to apply, to things and emotions around you and within you.
And this is also important. To go away from Fitrah and to have labels on things, to build a healthy and respectable ego. And most importantly to know what’s opposite to Fitrah.
What does that mean? To know the opposite of something?
This is one of the principals of dualism. Without knowing what darkness is you cannot recognize light. Without experiencing sadness you cannot experience happiness.
So you cannot understand an emotion or a thought without going through the opposite of that emotion or that thought.
Now Coming back to Fitrah, so to understand Fitrah, it’s important to go away from Fitrah, so as to be able to make that lovely journey back into Fitrah.
I’m not advising anyone to go away from Fitrah. Actually people around you will automatically do that for you. Your own experiences will do that for you.
Very simple example, two people can go to the same mall but have two different experiences of that mall. And based on that experience they have labeled the mall differently. And so, it applies to people, situations, events etc.
So how do u come back to Fitrah after learning a healthy dose of labeling in your life?
Who knows your blue print even better than you or the best expert in the world?
Whatever is the answer, that’s the entity you should be asking on how to come back to Fitrah.
And in this constant asking from the different entities does one make his or her journey towards the point of origin.
The point where we emanate from, and where we are in perpetual Fitrah state.
It was prophet Abraham’s journey, when he asked the entities he thought to be the point of origin. And he kept asking it till he arrived at the singular point. And he was one of the first believers.