Peace be upon you, beautiful human of the world!
I sincerely hope that all is going well with you, and your life is going better than planned.
There was this urgent message I just had to share with you, before bed – from friend, to friend.
It is because I care deeply for our mutual well-being that I write this. If you are at what you feel is the peak of your life, I’m elated for you! There is more success to come, God-Willing. Just remember, dear friend, that seasons change.
Every phase of life, both the hi-highs and the lo-lows, must be appreciated in two ways.
First, we should be grateful and praise our Creator and Sustainer in every circumstance. Alhamdulillah. All Praise and Thanks is for Allah.
Don’t forget that if were deprived of one blessing, such as the blessing of sight, or hearing, many of us would be unable to accomplish what we are so proud of today.
Our God is One God, and He Tells us, “…If anyone desires a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if anyone desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those that (serve us with) gratitude.” (Quran 3:145)
Second, there is always a lesson, a greater wisdom to be sought out within the beautiful springs, the harsh winters, and everything in between.
In Surah Fajr, Allah (Swt) Says that when a human being is given worldly success – prestigious degrees, wealth, fame, children etc., he thinks it is because he deserved it.
And the same human being, when tested with poverty, illness, or loss, claims that the same Lord Who Honored him has now humiliated him.
He turns his back on The Most-Loving, The Most Merciful.
What did this poor man forget? The bigger picture.
The bigger picture is this…
This world, with all its treasures is worthless.
Therefore, don’t compete with one another over the treasures of this world. They are so temporary.
This competition over worldly possessions makes you think that the treasures are yours. Truth is, nothing is yours.
When you die, someone else will inherit everything you worked so hard to acquire, and you will soon be forgotten.
If you want to compete, compete the Quranic way:
Every one pursues his goal. Compete with each other in performing good deeds. Wherever you are, God Will Bring you all together. Indeed, God Has Power over all things.Quran 2:148
“Keeping up with the Joneses” will only distract you from your true purpose. It is a worthless pursuit, and someone will always have more.
All human beings are in loss, except those who are pursuing their purpose.
What is your true purpose?
- To achieve complete peace by submitting entirely to the One, True God. He Is the reason for the unity in everything that exists – at a mathematical, physiological and biochemical level, and beyond.
- Knowledge without action is not worth much. Once you realize your purpose, obey God by using the tools you have to do good, speak up for justice, whether it is against rich or poor, and be patient with a beautiful patience when things don’t go your way.
Nothing will make sense until you acknowledge this, and act on it.
You will keep running like a hamster on a wheel.
Put in enough hard work, and the so-called success will come running to you – the exotic cars, the multi-million dollar mansions, the luxury vacations. Everyone will want to be you…but in the end, you will lose.
Guess what? You were working for the wrong goal.
And you will feel it. Oh, will you feel it!
You will have gained the world, but lost your soul.
At that time, it will be too late.
The grave is a very lonely place, without your good deeds. That genuine smile, that helping hand, standing up for what’s right…really could have come of use right now. None of those riches can save you now. There’s nothing between you and God…the same God Who Called you every day of your life, with signs you could feel and see.
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children — like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion…[Quran 57:20]
Scary, isn’t it?
Thank God you still have time. To ask questions, to research, to discover the truth with an open heart. You just don’t know when that clock will stop. Life is too short, man.
That means, the best time to act is NOW.
This life is, plainly put, just a test. As long as we are alive, we are still sitting in the examination hall of our lives.
“The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things)“. [102:1]
Stop this mindless addiction, NOW. Shift the focus from having to your own being. What are you really here for? Ask those hard questions. Find your answers. Change the world by changing you.
If you want to read further, here are Eye Opening Words in the Quran Describing the Life of this World.
Instead of asking why God Hasn’t Cured world hunger or stopped the senseless killing, do good yourself! And remember, the world won’t change until you and I change, my friend.
Take advantage of the spring – your youth, your steady job, your good health, your free time to support those who aren’t as fortunate.
Wake up earlier, write, volunteer, help the orphan, the uneducated, feed the needy…use your strengths to strengthen the world. Find a reason to unite, despite all the differences.
God Gave YOU the tools. He Made YOU, with a sound mind, body and soul, to solve the problems.
Use the tools you have to be a reason for someone to believe in the goodness of humanity again. Put that good human brain to use! It is a test, after all. Duh.
Sending Peace and Love your way,
-Your Ordinary Human Girl
P.S.: Be on the look-out for this week’s Spotlight Sunday post, highlighting the obstacles a female entrepreneur had to overcome to get to where she is, and the amazing work she’s involved in. Looking forward to your feedback!