By the close of 20th October 2011 it has been noted in the pages of history of the fall of a dictator who thought he was invincible. A man who ruled a country for more than 40 years, at times would think none will be able to take away his vast sums of wealth and properties. I have watched the events of today unfold with great attention and focus. Only because it brought home the messages which the men of Allah and the real scholars tell us time and again. That this world is very deceptive. You will be called a hero one time and then a zero the next. Gaddafi is a perfect example of this analogy. No one can forget the jubilant faces of his supporters which were shown in his compound(s). ‘supposedly’, supporting him and cheering for him. These very same people have turned their backs and now are part of the very revolutionists he was fighting. I mean, this dunya is not faithful to anyone. If it was not faithful and kind to the greatest of beings who lived on this earth, then do you think it will be for me and you?. Surely NOT! Wake up and smell the coffee as the saying goes.
Over the past several months we have seen once again the two-faced nature of this dunya. Allah (swt) teaches us many lessons and gives us numerous examples. SO, that we do not get deceived by it. Even then, blinded by our greed for more and more. We do not take a step back to see the reality. From Saddam to Mubarak, from Blair to bush, from Gaddafi to yazeed. We have seen how the world does not befriend anyone. No matter what you may claim to hold or have achieved. It will one day humiliate you! These such tyrants had everything they could wish for. They even had the luxuries which many in the region have not even dreamt of. Gaddafi’s wealth was like the ocean compared to the puddle of water on the road. Yet where is his wealth today? where is his family today? and where are his friends today? Where are all his properties to which, like many of us say who say “this is mine, and that is mine. I build this house and i did that”. It has become the inheritance of others. From sleeping in a bed of gold he went to sleeping in a hole filled with rats! Mubarak, Saddam etc, are all the examples to which Allah shows us time and again. You say this is yours and that is yours, when the time comes, what IS actually yours? Nothing!
This was his entrance piece to his house:
This reminds me of a hadith of the prophet (saw) in which he said “the son of Adam own nothing except what he has eaten and drank”. (paraphrased) Even his clothes are not his, since they get taken off him at the time of death. SO use this world to secure your permanent life to come. Work to earn your livelihood for the next home, to which you are given the keys to once you close your eyes for good. Not this rented space we are in now, this world. How many examples will it take before we see for what this life really is. Its hard, harsh, cruel, and nasty. Dont assume it is not, simply because YOU refuse to accept it for what it is.
I remember a long time ago when out doing dawah and tableegh with a few brothers, one of the brothers was explaining the nature of the dunya to another brother whom we met. This brother replied “that’s a very bleak outlook to have of the world”. To which the brother doing the dawah and tableegh replied. “i don’t really think so. For example, if you were to star in a movie and the director was to tell you, there will be scenes of death, deception, betrayal, and selfishness etc, prevalent through the movie. He is not having a negative view of the movie. He is simply showing you the nature of what you are to star in. Just so that you do not do anything silly and inappropriate. Likewise when someone points out the deceptive nature of the dunya, he is not trying to destroy your fanciful, bubble world that you are living in. He is simply saying don’t put your heart into it, Act accordingly and you’ll see the result at the end. Since, soon rather than later, you’ll have to play the final scene of the movie. After which the whole theatrical display of your life will end. It’s the earning you earn from playing your part in the movie that counts for you, once your movie role is finished and the pay check rolls in.
This goes to illustrate the exact same nature of the world. On the day of judgement IF we played our part in our movie accordingly, then we’ll get the directors cut. Who will give us the full lowdown of how our acting went and where we could have done better. With full benefits of the pay package of good deeds to look forward to in paradise.
Lastly, i feel very dumbfounded and sad to know, how these rich leaders, especially those who claim to be muslims will answer to Allah. When he questions them as to why they did not perform Hajj! As this is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. They cannot say “i was poor, or i had to take care of my family”. No excuse. May Allah save us from such blind lustful greed of the worldly pleasures, and delights. May he make us wake up from our slumber and realise that we should not destroy our afterlife for others, or for the ‘apparent’ things we think we have or can attain. Amin