In downtown Eureka Springs, there are all these old houses, perched on the side of the hill, hanging off into space. I used to wonder how they were held up, why they didn’t go sliding down the side, but, then, I’d never looked round the back of any of them, and I was young. These days, I see something different.

First, Allah azza wa jall tells us

مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ كَمَثَلِ الْعَنكَبُوتِ اتَّخَذَتْ بَيْتًا ۖ وَإِنَّ أَوْهَنَ الْبُيُوتِ لَبَيْتُ الْعَنكَبُوتِ ۖ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِهِ مِن شَيْءٍ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

Indeed, Allah knows whatever thing they call upon other than Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Second, as reported by Matthew (7:24-27) and Luke (6:46-49), Jesus, peace be upon him, near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, gave the famous parable of the wise man, who built his house on the rock, and the foolish man, who built his house on sand.

And I wonder about my foundations…

Ya Muqallib al Quloob thabbit qalbi ‘alaa Deenik, Oh Turner of Hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion, ameen.

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