The confusion that many people seem to be under today…
What’s the confusion?
Well, let me see. Many people seem to think that striving for this world is AMAZING, AWESOME and such a GREAT thing to do.
Want a PhD? Go for it, they say.
What if you have no life in the meantime? Ahhh, they say, no pain, no gain.
Want to become a manager? Yes, aim high, they say.
What if you end up staying at the office late at night and neglecting your family? Well, you know, they say, look at the financial situation these days. You need to support your family and send your kids to good schools.
Want to become the best student? YES, they say.
What if that means giving up all the fun stuff? Listen, they say, that can wait. For now, you need to give whatever you have in order to reach the top.
Want to break Roger Federer’s record of 16 grand slams and become the greatest tennis player ever? Whoa, you are da man, they say.
What if that means that you have to keep traveling around the world to tournaments and have to limit all social activities? Ahhh, they say, you can do all the hard work now and enjoy yourself after retirement.
Want to be great in the sight of Allah and go to Al-Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)?
Ermm…yeah, you could aim for that, some of them say. [The rest have fainted, you see. They were shocked at your low standards and at how unambitious you are. After all, you want to be a mutawwa / mullah? Yuck.]
What if it means giving up the joys of this life?
WHAT, they scream??? Why are you being so strict with your Islam, huh? Why are you so religious and so rigid? You’re so young! Don’t you want to have any fun???
It’s okay for me to give up my life in order to achieve the worldly ambitious which will not benefit me in the hereafter but it’s not okay to “give up my life” (according to your definition of life anyway) in order to achieve lasting happiness in the best of places?
To all those that think this way, I just have three words for you:
SHAME ON YOU.
Where are the people who encourage others to strive for the hereafter at any cost?And what is stopping us from being of those?
Why do we always stop people from being better slaves of Allah? Are we that infatuated with this life that we’ve lost all reason?
Am I in a lousy mood today, you ask? You’d better believe it.
I’m sick of meeting people who constantly encourage me to be less religious.
My eyes are just waiting for the day when it gets to see just ONE person who finally encourages me to obey Allah at all costs.
Just one. That’s all, I ask.