Think. Learn. Act. Remind.
Let’s ask ourselves this simple question: what is the one most important thing in our lives right now? I know most people will say “Family” not because it IS the most important but because it sounds like a good answer and everyone expects us to say it. So let’s try again … this time with a little bit more honesty …
How do we know what is the most important thing in our lives anyway? Well, it should be something that we spend most of our time on, that we sacrifice other things for, that we put the most effort in and without which we couldn’t be as happy as we are today. How many of us would still in all honesty say that the most important thing in our lives is our family or other relationships? Very few.
Let’s be honest. Most of us are really busy with our jobs, our careers, our quest for wealth and status. Family seems to be a side project. We deal with them AFTER we are done with our important work, when our energies are low and we are not necessarily at our best. Husbands and wives have very little time for each other, parents have very little time for their children and, school, work and careers take precedence in our lives day in and day out.
The most important thing in our lives is the Almighty Dollar (replace dollar with whatever currency you are using)! Because it is through this Almighty Dollar that we can finally afford that modern 4-bedroom house with the granite kitchen counters, marble floors and expansive halls, because that Almighty Dollar gives us power and position in this world, which in turn means we are respected in society and are considered important. It’s what gets us that expensive college degree that puts us in the club of elite scholars. Family only pulls us down … time spent on family or on our relationships is time lost. No matter what society we live in, in this day and age, most families stress the importance of a good education because that in turns brings home the Almighty Dollar that in turn brings so much else that we consider important.
Like somebody said, our families will scold us if we are getting late for school but they are not bothered that we missed our Fajr prayer!
We are racing to achieve more and more trying to grab as much as we can of this world … whereas in reality the only thing we are racing towards is death. The clocks are ticking and our time is running out.
Allah (SWT) describes this quest for the Almighty Dollar in Surah Takathur (a very powerful Surah in the last section of the Quran – Juz 30):
“Rivalry in worldly increase distracts you, Until you come to the graves…” (102:1-2)
A child who spends time watching TV ultimately has that much less time for homework. Similarly we have work to do in this world and if we get sidetracked and start spending our time on things that are not just using up all of our time but are also destructive in terms of how well we do in the Akhirah (Hereafter), we will be the losers.
As long as we are still alive, we have a chance … to change, to focus on what’s important … how many people do we know, who were younger than we are, are already in their graves. Or the countless others who are no longer healthy enough to do what they need to. Do we know how much time we have before our account closes too?
Let’s make the sincere intention today of learning about our deen (faith) and pray to Allah (SWT) for Guidance and help.
We still have a chance. Let’s use it.