Today during one of the salah i read sura al asr and it struck me of what sura asr was implying towards was extremely relavent on our daily lives in relation to time management, relationships and goals in life amongst others – (not saying that the quran isnt! normally).
I was struck because of how it clearly says by “time man is in loss…” it reminded me of the daily simulations (scenes) in front of our eyes are constantly changing. How one day we are fresh and young in our teens, and the next in our late twenties or thirthies. I remember one of the statements of the prophet (sallah’hualihi’wa’salam) from his last sermon, who said “time will come and go just like this day….” – (paraphrased) then he recited sura al asr.
I was ‘lost for thought’ for a moment by that, as i thought to my self how almost 1500 years have passed since then, and how many people came and went within the given time scale, all, who had hopes, expectations, achievements and ambitions of life which was now struck off by time. Adnan Okhtar (Harunyahya) a celebrated scientist, theologian, and a thinker, beautifully examplified this concept and made it remarkably understandable on how the dunya will not cease to stop for anyone or anything. How life/time itself will continue on just like this, as it has been for centuries. One day we will finish but it will continue racing until it meets its end, something destined by Allah.
Anyway, he said …”imagine you are 80 or even take your current age for instance, lets say you are 25. Now if someone was to ask you to recount all the events in your life you’ll probably remember 1/3 of it at most, but most people will only remember 1/10th of their own life. Which if they were to tell it to the other person it will finish within an hour. A life of 25 years shortned to 1 hour”.
He then went on to say ..”now think about this, if you, your ownself cannot remember all the things in your life and have only managed to sum it up to 1 hour then how do you expect other people to fully remember you as a person when you die, when already you cannot remember your own life? It will probably be maximum of 2 or 3 years people who are close to you will remember you as a person. what you liked, what you did, then after that life will continue on. People will hardly talk about you, or even think about you. Occasionally a mother may shed a tear or two then thats it, the planes and the cars will continue to run and fly. People will continue to go to work as normal, share a laugh, have tea etc. When you will be in a totally different world, enviroment, climate and treatment!”
So think about it, what you call your belongings including your family are they really yours? Or are they substances placed in your path to see how you deal, react, interact with them?
The point here is not that we should all abandon ship and head for solitude in the caves or mosques. It is pulling your attention to the fact that this is the system of life.
Do not get attached to it to much, that you make the center of your heart the love of your wife/husband/mother/father/brother/sister. As if you do, and suddenly you get taken away from them or they get taken away from you, you will be totally overwelmed with grief and sorrow.
With that said, we see on a daily basis how relationships towards (those mentioned above) are broken constantly. This is why the awliyah and the pious teach us to have the love of allah and his rasul as the center of our hearts and revolve everything else around it. The love of people, family, jobs etc. So when we have this in place we will not be overwelmed with grief. Although grief is not wrong, its out of love people cry, and are grief strucken, but excessive can be detremental on ones life and relationship with Allah. Allah and his rasul never leave anyone – a promise made by allah and his rasul. When the world will reject you, remember you will find allah and his rasul still closer than you know. People and the world can be unfaithful to a person but Allah almighty and his rasul will never be as we have found throughout the history of humankind.
Imam shafi said it beautifully: “this world is a moment so we should make it a moment of obdience”.
Inshaallah lets act on this so that our ‘moments’ can become an eternal happiness.
…creating the thirst, providing the solution.