"This worldly life is nothing but a material of delusion." Qur’an 57:20
It’s better to invest in our Akhira than to put ourselves into destruction (by displeasing Allah).
Giving up things that will not benefit us in the Akhira (& affect our Imān in a negative way) as soon as possible is way better than waiting for the “moment when we are ready” (to give it up for the pleasure of Allah subhānahu wa taala). You never know if you’ll last the next day/week/month/year. Nobody knows if you’ll be given another tomorrow to seek forgiveness, repent, and mend your ways; so do it now.. Today is the perfect time to change, to please our Creator.
If you are someone who grew up loving music, it will not be easy to (immediately) stop listening to it completely and that’s normal. But, really, when your eyes are set on the goal (Jannah/Paradise & pleasing Allah), the struggle will not matter to you anymore & Allah will assist you in this course of action. It might take you days, or weeks, or few months, but In Shaa Allah you will see the result sooner than you expect it. Just don’t lose hope. Remember that Allah is ever Merciful. Read more of the Qur’an. Try and understand its message. In Shaa Allah, doing this regularly will definitely help you achieve your goal. Strive hard in strengthening your Imān and everything else will follow. Why? Because when your heart only yearns for Jannah & pleasing Allah, it will be so much easier to give up things that displeases Allah. When your heart beats for Allah, the Dunya & all its amusements will not hold you back anymore from gaining the pleasure of our Creator.
May Allah assist us in all our affairs and purify our intentions. Ameen..
"Ya Allah, do not make this Dunya our biggest concern." Ameen..
***Dear brother/sister, This life is full of benefits and fortunes: The land on which man constructs his dwelling, and grows his food, drinks, dress …etc., all represents the nourishment for man’s body and soul proceeding towards Allah. Man, of course, cannot do without these vital necessities. The one who takes from these necessities only according to his real need as commanded by Allah is saved and praised. But whoever takes more than necessary for himself falls into covetousness which will lead him into harm instead of benefit, and consequently divert him from the right path towards Allah and the Hereafter. Likewise, taking less than required of the worldly benefits is harmful because the human body needs to satisfy certain basicneeds, and that will increase its capability to worship Allah perfectly.
'Amr Ibn Abdullah (radiyallahu anhu) said: “The life of this world and the Hereafter, in the heart of a person, are like the two scales of a balance, when the one becomes heavier the other becomes lighter.”
Al-Hasan Al-Basri was asked: “Who is going to cry more than the others on the Day of Resurrection?” He answered: “A man on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace and who uses that for Allah’s disobedience.”
No doubt, the one who uses his money in this life in Allah’s obedience: giving charity, contributing to the spread of Islamic knowledge, constructing mosques, is successful in directing this grace of Allah towards the right deeds that will definitely benefit him in the Hereafter.
Man, by nature, loves collecting money, gold and silver, running, for that purpose, here and there from birth to death, but what will he attain? And where is he going to finish? Life will never continue on one pattern and is always changing, from richness to poverty, and from happiness to sorrow. This is Allah’s Way with His Creation, but the people are running after a mirage each for a known number of days and years that will expire.
A poet made an image about the life of this world saying that it is like a dead animal encircled by a number of dogs pulling, its parts each in a direction. If you avoid it, then you are safe, but if you decide to pull a part for yourself, the dogs will be your rivals.
`Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (radiyallahu anhu) said: “Renouncing the worldly pleasures is a comfort for both the human heart and body.”Al-Hasan (radiyallahu anhu) said: “I know some people who do neither feel happy for obtaining any of the worldly pleasures, nor feel sorry for missing any of them.”
A believer should not regard the life of this world as a home and a dwelling, but should consider himself as a traveller in it. This is the good understanding and the fruitful knowledge. Yahya Ibn Mu’adh (radiyallahu anhu) said: “How can’t I love this life? A sustenance is decreed for me in it which keeps me alive and helps me to perform the deeds of obedience that will lead me to Paradise.” Such are the people who should be happy because of the way they regard life, but not those who live in luxurious palaces, neglect worship and reject every deed of obedience.
`Abdullah Ibn `Umar (radiyallahu anhu) said: “The life of this world is Paradise for a disbeliever and a prison for a believer. When a believer dies and departs from this world, he feels himself like a prisoner who was released to go freely on the spacious earth.”
(An excerpt from an article posted at IslamicAwakening.com)
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