Essay about tears

A relative of my close friend who lives in Moldova was going to have an eye operation in Chisinau. My friend came to visit me in Kyiv in order to find and buy the necessary medicine before the operation. It turned out that the drug he was looking for is manufactured in Ukraine, and it is very difficult to find it in neighboring Moldova. My friend and I searched for this medicine for a long time, but we could not find it. This drug was not available in pharmacies. Of course, my friend was very worried because his doctor said that he would not be able to perform the surgery without these drugs. After hearing that, I was very interested in the reason, so I decided to ask. It turns out that after taking this drug, the eyes begin to water and this continues for several days in a row until the operation itself. Later, the ophthalmologist added that if this patient was a tearful person, if he often cried for various reasons, then there would be no need for these drugs before the operation. Despite a long search, we could not find the cure, and my friend returned empty-handed. To be honest, since that day I have never been able to find out if my friend found the medicine. I didn’t even have any information about his surgery. But I couldn’t forget what the doctor said. Maybe many people knew this, but I found out for the first time. When I compared the information I had about the tears with the doctor’s words about them, an interesting story came out…

For example, during the month of Muharram, a large number of Muslims hold mourning gatherings in various parts of the world, and mourners mourn Imam Hussain and the martyrs of Karbala. Sometimes people who have never cried in their lives cry at these ceremonies. Perhaps God heals us precisely with the tears that flow from the eyes during these rites, which we do not even know about, because we do not know many secrets of creation…

References to weeping and shedding tears have appeared in several places in our religious book, the Holy Qur’an. God has shown us people who are in this state, for example, in Surah Maryam, He speaks of God’s prophets, recalls their stories and, pointing to the Divine Messengers and their righteous children, says: “They fell on their faces, weeping.” (“Maryam”, verse 58).

In another place of the Holy Qur’an – sura “Isra”, God tells His Prophet about His righteous servants who saw divine signs and prostrated themselves before God: “They fall on their knees and weep, and their humility increases” (“Isra”, verse 109).
In both verses, it is shown that weeping and shedding tears are characteristic of righteous slaves, and weeping for divine purposes or exchanging for divine signs is a person’s approach to God.

There are also interesting points about tears and weeping in the hadiths and prayers of our Prophet and the Ahl al-Bayt. For example, the Prophet Muhammad said about this: “Happy is the person who weeps for fear of God and for the sin he has committed.” From this it becomes clear that God has special attention to the tears shed by God’s servant in order to draw closer to Him.

In another hadith from the Prophet Muhammad, it is said: “Whoever sheds tears out of fear of God, for every drop of his tears, a reward equal to Mount Uhud will be placed on the scale of deeds.” Therefore, if a person weeps because of the grievous consequences of his sins, fearing the punishment that God will send, it will lead to a great divine reward.

In a hadith, Imam Ali explains the reason why people cry: “Fear of the heart and weeping are signs of the mercy of Allah Almighty, when you find them in yourself, know how to pray.” According to the hadith, if someone can cry for the sake of God, then may God bless him, and at that point, of course, the prayer is accepted. Imam Ali recommends praying in such a case.

For example, in the Kumail prayer, which Imam Ali himself often recited and taught to his companion Kumail bin Ziyad, it later became known by his name. With this prayer, they turn to God in the following way: “Have mercy on Your servant, who has hope and tears.” Tears flow from the eyes of God’s servant who wants to get closer to God. And really, how can you show your sympathy, fear and desire for forgiveness, sorrow, and sometimes spiritual joy without tears and crying?!
I myself am not in favor of seeking physical benefit from religious rites and believe that divine decrees should be followed without question. But this formulation of the question is effective for those who doubt religion. Sometimes the words of a doctor are more persuasive for people than the words of God, and I mentioned this case to them. Undoubtedly, this problem was known to many, but I found it very interesting and significant. How many other religious rites of physical benefit are there that we do not know… In fact, it must be so, because God does not command any obedience that is harmful or does not benefit us. There is no doubt that all religious practices have some benefit for us. God, who created us, loves us and is merciful, does not do otherwise with us. For example, a few years ago on one of the Ukrainian radio channels, a doctor and professor of cardiovascular diseases reported that strokes and heart attacks mostly occur during Fajr (dawn), which coincides with the actual time of morning prayer. Also, there are almost no people who do not know about the benefits of fasting – fasting for our body. About the benefits of fastingeven nutritionists are talking today. It is true that God recommends us to think about the spiritual aspects of religious observances, but the fact remains. Therefore, we should not hesitate to shed tears and perform religious rites for the divine purpose.