The Cake & The Icing

Parents bend over backwards to provide the ‘best opportunities’ for their children.

Piano lessons.

Tennis class.

Spanish immersion.

And it is all good.

Yet this is only the icing on the cake.

Without the cake, what’s the value of the icing?

Without the cake, without ongoing/lifelong purposeful iman education, these skills cannot heal the soul, give meaning to our existence, heal our inner qualms… they cannot make us happy.

Yet a dry cake without icing is dry.

Arts, sports, and other hobbies/skills is putting our iman into practice.

Living our iman through different venues in life… We witness God’s Divine Attributes and get to know our Creator through these experiences. We enjoy soulful music and we contemplate how the Artist (Sani) creates everything including us with art and gives us the ability to enjoy arts… or else how can this blood and flesh enjoy music?

We interact with and put all these activities into an imanic paradigm. This way they give us true joy and happiness. Eternal happiness… not momentary pleasures…

Imagine a child, burning with inner existential questions of why he is created… what is the meaning of death and birth he witnesses each day… his soul is tormented unless he finds satisfying answers to these questions.

No piano class, no French lessons, no trips to Europe is ever going to make a child, whose soul is lost, happy…

The best, the most compassionate and wise things parents can do for their children is help their souls to find the meaning of life… nurture their soulful journey… and place all other ‘opportunities’ within this paradigm…

Everything in our life is there so that we get to know our Creator…

Dr. Eren Tatari

2 thoughts on “The Cake & The Icing”

  1. Beautifully stated! Adults need to continue this training and implementation so as to have harmony and peace in their lives as well.

  2. So true and such a beautiful article. For many years i thought of these issues – when i attended a piano music school, i discovered the beauty of music and through that intuitively felt the endless beauty of our Creator, i always liked the scenes of nature and for a short time attended an art school, etc, As a child i was exposed to different beautiful qualities – all pointing that there is an incredible source of it. And only as i was 22 and met my Muslim friends elsewhere, i felt like the picture of the world – with all its beauties – is complete and puzzles are together. That is because i learned more about Allaah the Creator and what’s ordained for us, the pillars of Islam. Only this complete education, including spiritual, makes one’s soul settled. I am so thankful to the author of this article and the website!

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