Peace be upon you, beautiful human being (and doing!!!). How you doooinnn’?
This time I wanted to share the story of when I decided to actively change myself into a better person for a better world – in November of 2019. Subhan Allah!
Two weeks ago, it hit home for me. I was teaching a Saturday class for kids on Qur’an – the book Muslims believe was Revealed by God as a guide for humanity. On this particular day in time, we were discussing the different kinds of pursuits a person can have.
Huh? Pursuit? Well yeah, I mean we’ve all heard it in the American Dream, right?…”Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of…happiness.” Or is it?
Interestingly enough, in my (part-time FBI Agent curiosity that I like to label) “research” of a few verses of the Qur’an, I came across a couple of new perspectives.
First of all:
I found out that the pursuit of happiness is the lowest form of pursuit.
Huh? Did you hear that right?
Yes, it doesn’t take a lot to be happy. And no one is ever happy all the time – its not the way life works.
OK…so what’s above happiness…?
The pursuit of impact, on the other hand – is the second highest pursuit. I read all about the lives of human beings who had changed history. Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Einstein all made the list.
They were people of impact. They didn’t care about the fame or the money or the records they beat – they wanted to solve a problem for the “greater good.”
What sets these incredible people apart from the rest of humanity is that they never stopped fixing themselves and their ideas. The praise didn’t matter, no. Neither did the money. They were after something more.
Forgetting everything society had taught me, I resolved right then that I wanted to die as a person of impact, so Help me God.
Then, I found something even higher. Huh? Yup, something higher than living a life of impact. What could that be?
The pursuit of truth. The single, hardest-to-achieve, highest pursuit that any human being can ever undertake. Connecting us to The Ultimate Truth.
It’s the legacy of prophets, messengers and saints like Prophet Abraham, Moses, Jesus and finally, Muhammad (peace be upon them all).
Their lives were literally the total opposite of a piece of cake. The hardest, ever. Yet, they seemed to be pushed forward by an unearthly force to get their jobs done.
Not monks, they were involved citizens of the world, who, while living in it, became the change. They embodied the message they were sent to deliver with their entire being.
And so, the awesome power of their message defeated huge armies and conquered world superpowers. Their message stood the test of time and thousands of years later, they are remembered and praised as our role models.
The ultimate pursuit in life is…you guessed it…truth.
In all areas of our lives, we will settle for nothing less. We will lay our lives on the line for the truth. What undeniably immense power this idea has.
Love & Gratitude,