A middle aged woman steps on the entrance of a shop. She looks at the conventional black and red slate hung up near the entrance and reads the price of chicken breast, chicken leg, half chicken, full chicken & boneless chicken written on it. She asks the shopkeeper for the boneless chicken. The shopkeeper nods, and goes towards the cage while the “pucking” sound of the hen, “thudding” sound of the butcher’s knife on the wooden slab and the “meowing” sound of the stray cat…
waiting for the piece of the wasted slices of the raw meat fill in the air. He unlocks the cage & puts his hand inside to take out the first hen available as all the hen make an unusually louder noise and try to move towards the opposite end of the cage but since the room is limited, the shopkeeper is easily successful. He then hands it over to the butcher who picks up his sharpest knife to slaughter the hen.
An everyday scene like this probably fails to impart an important message that although the meat of the hen means a delicious dinner for the woman’s family and a source of bread and butter for the shopkeeper & butcher’s family, it also means an end of something as precious as life for the hen to fulfill one of the reasons it is created for by Allah SWT.
Although with a freewill, we are created to LIVE a life for Allah SWT in return for Jannah. How many of us actually submit to that?