What’s more important to you, this world or the next? Forget theoretical and wishful answers.
Rather look to your daily routine and actions. What do you do on time, pursue diligently and think about most of the time?
When you analyse this, you’ll discover really what’s important to you. What you give priority and most of your effort & concern to.
Here is the reality, most of us give precedence to this worldly life, whether it’s studying, building a career or enjoying ourselves. In between we fit in acts for the hereafter let alone reflect on our true purpose of existence and mission in life, which is ultimately to know and worship Allah.
The affair has become upside down, we have in reality chosen this finite life over infinite afterlife. We stress and think about exams, work, children, chores and our favorite football team rather than Allah, pray, death, Judgement day and pursuit of good deeds for the pure sake of Allah.
So, let’s reflect on our true mission in life, make that our priority and then make the affairs of this world revolve around the afterlife. We need to demote this life to secondary importance, to its true place relative to eternity.
It is only when we give the hereafter the primary stage in our lives will we realise our ultimate purpose of life. Which is to know, love, hope and be in awe of Allah. We will then make that our primary concern and do works accordingly. Then life will be in balance and we will achieve ultimate success in this life and the hereafter, inshaa Allah.
Wise Sayings “If the roots of knowledge hold onto the heart, the tree of love will grow in it & if it becomes stronger it will bear the fruits of obedience & it will keep on giving its fruit at all times by the leave of its Lord” Ibn Qayyim, Al Fawa’id. Share the Wisdom
“When those, who are vigilant observe the influence of this worldly life upon those who seek it, the deceit of false hopes, the control of Sataan, the domination of souls, and material fortune in the hand of the evil ones, they resort to piety & submission, like a scared slave who seeks refuge in his master’s house. The desires directed at this worldly life are simply deceptive enjoyment, and the insight of the ignorant is restricted to superficial matters, while the wise man perceives that which is hidden from the others.”
Ibn Qayyim, Al Fawa’id