A Summary of….Life?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Note: Please read this post with an open mind, otherwise you’ll hate it. The style is different from all my previous posts. Then again, perhaps it isn’t. However, as with all my posts, if you find that I have written something wrong, then please do point it out.]
So, one hits puberty and life begins:
[Disclaimer: All images are courtesy of Google Images and do not belong to me.]
Teen: “I hate everybody! Absolutely everybody! I even hate my goldfish. School is such a drag and everyone treats me like a kid. I can’t wait until university.”
Freshman: “Oh man, I hate this. School was waaaaay easier. They give us so much work here. And I wish I was a senior already. They get to boss everyone around.”
Senior: “Everything was so cool and easy when I was a freshman. Now I have my senior project and I need to be in uni from morning till night. Man, I can’t wait until I finish uni and start work!!”
“Oh, job hunting is such a pain.”
“All my friends have jobs but I’m still unemployed. I feel like such a loser. I have so much free time that I’m going crazy. I have nothing to do.”
“Work. Work. Work. That’s all there is to my life. I’m at work all day so I have no time to do all the other things that I want to do. Also, my boss hates me so I get underpaid.”
DURING TIMES OF UNEMPLOYMENT
“Oh, I need to find a job desperately. I need work, even if the salary is low.”
Her: “I want to get married. I’m so depressed. I want to get married. I want to get married!!! I won’t be happy until I get married. I’m the only one who is not married. Everyone else is married!”
Him: “I wish I was married. All the other guys have families to go back home to. All I have is my goldfish.”
Her: “I miss being single. Those were the good old days. Now I’m stuck cooking for this man who never praises me. And don’t even get me started about the mother-in-law.”
Him: “All my single friends go and watch football. And I am stuck at home with this nag. Oh and don’t even get me started about the mother-in-law.”
Her: “All those women who have children are so lucky. They must have so much joy. Oh, I can’t wait to have a baby. The loneliness is killing me. I would love to have a girl who can help me out in the house.”
Him: “All the men who have children are so lucky. They must be so happy. I would love to have a boy who will carry on my name.”
Her: “Hmm, on second thoughts, I think I’d like a boy.”
Him: “In that case, I’m going to change my mind and hope for a girl.”
Her: “Life is so terrible. I don’t get any sleep.”
Him: “Me neither. I miss the good old days when I could go to office without looking like a zombie”
WHILE THE KIDDIES ARE YOUNG
Her: “Toys and noise everywhere!! I spend all my time in cleaning up this mess. I have no life. I have no time to do anything else. All those women who have no children are so lucky. They have so much freedom.”
Him: “School fees are so expensive these days. All the men who don’t have any children to worry about are so lucky. They don’t have all this responsibility. And they don’t trip over all the toys.”
AFTER THE KIDDIES HAVE GROWN UP AND LEFT THE HOUSE
“Sigh, I miss them so much. They grew up so fast. The house feels so empty and silent now.”
“I can’t wait for retirement so I can do all the things that I’ve been waiting to do.”
Him: “I’m so bored. I have nothing to do.”
Her: “Me neither.”
Him: “I wish I was in my teens again. Those were the good old days.”
Her: “Oh yes, we were so happy then. We had no worries whatsoever.”
وَآتَاكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّـهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ
“And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allah’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wassallam).” [Surah Ibrahim (14) : 34]
إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَذُو فَضْلٍ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَشْكُرُونَ
“Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind, but most men thank not.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 243]
وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِيَ الشَّكُورُ
“But few of My slaves are grateful.” [Surah Saba (34) : 13]
You know, we’re always complaining about something or the other at every stage of our lives.
Tell me: If we’re always complaining, when are we finally going to be grateful to Allah for all that He has given us?
If we continue through life like this, we’ll get the worst of both worlds, because ingratitude is one of the roads to disbelief and having bad thoughts about Allah.
However, if we look at the bright side and are grateful, this will benefit us in this world and the next.
So, let’s stop complaining so much and let’s try to be grateful to Allah, regardless of whether we’re young or old, poor or rich, unemployed or employed, married or unmarried, childless or with children, working or retired, healthy or ill, etc.
وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” [Surah Ibrahim (14) : 7]