Don't Let Me Go, Lord

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved

Time and again, songs by The Fray have captivated my mind and soul. "Never Say Never" is no different.  Clearly, the song is about the ebb and flow of a relationship:

Some things we don't talk about
Rather do without
And just hold the smile
Falling in and out of love
Ashamed and proud of
Together all the while

You can never say never
While we don't know when
But time and time again
Younger now than we were before

Picture, you're the queen of everything
As far as the eye can see
Under your command
I will be your guardian
When all is crumbling
To steady your hand

You can never say never
While we don't know when
Time, time, time again
Younger now than we were before

Then, at the end of both of these expositions, the song's narrator says - presumably to his beloved - "Don't let me go."

Yet, the key part of the song is the bridge:

We're pulling apart and coming together again and again
We're growing apart but we pull it together, pull it together, together again

This is what reminds me, whenever I hear this song, of the ebb and flow of faith. It is an inevitable part of the human condition: faith grows in strength and weakens in strength as life on earth goes through its vicissitudes. Sometimes, we feel so close to the Beloved, so close to His Face, and our hearts are enlightened and enriched with His Presence and Majesty. But, there are other times, when our faith is not as strong; our feeling of closeness to God is not as great, and we may feel estranged from Him.

This is especially true in the aftermath of sin: that is when we can estrange ourselves the most from the Precious Beloved. Yet, if we truly care about our relationship with Him, we "pull it together, pull it together, together again." And we cry out to the Lord: "Don't let me go."

We cry out for the Lord to always keep us in His Mind, even if we frequently keep Him out of our minds. We cry out to the Lord to always keep us in front of His Countenance, even if we choose to look away from that Beautiful Face. We cry out to the Lord to always remember us, even if we frequently forget about Him. We cry out: "Lord, don't let us go."

It can be frustrating, this waxing and waning of faith. I mean, ideally, with so much blessings raining down from the Lord our God, how can it be that our faith gets weak? How can it be that we can forget about the Lord? That we take His bounty for granted? It can almost feel hypocritical, the human condition can.

In fact, one of the Prophet Muhammad's companions [Hanzala] felt this exact way: he felt he was a hypocrite. He told the Prophet:

God's Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.

The Prophet responded thus:

By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of God), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation).

He repeated this three times to the Companion. Thus, we shouldn't feel bad about the ebb and flow of faith. But, we should still always strive our best to keep the Lord in front of our consciousness as much as possible. And we should always remember to say to the Lord: "Don't let me go."

Knowing the Precious Beloved, He won't.

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    I just wanted to thank you for writing your blog, and your analysis of the Quran, especially about the whole "Kaffir" thing. I was quite disheartened with most of the translations I came across and the mainstream viewpoints of the Mullahs. In my heart I always knew they were wrong but my lack of knowledge in the Arabic language coupled with my young age has always left me unable to provide evidence. Your blog helped me to rekindle my faith in Islam as a religion that is liberal and pluralistic.

    As Salaam Aleykum.

  • In reply to Daaniyaal Mirza:

    I'm glad I can be of help. God bless you.

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