Over the past few years, steve jobs the founder and one time CEO of the internationally well-known, celebrated, and world-famous company, Apple, literally became the face of dunya. Anyone who wanted a piece of dunya, saw him as having tasted the slice of success. The only person who had reached the climax of the highest success and honour. Apple, is now the world’s most richest and wealthiest company which is worth more than the whole US government. This was partly because of the endeavors of steve jobs creating a company out of nothing.
As BBC put it:
He was one of the world’s best-known business leaders and introduced the iPod and the iPhone to the world.
But as with every thing in life, the abrupt end comes with death! Many in the world whether they are religious or not, fear from ever having to think about this moment. “why would someone living the luxuries of life want to think about such an ugly and negative moment in their lives?” is the common situation you find the people in.
Now, the whole company, the wealth and the riches he has left behind will become the consumptions of others. Others will reap what he sowed. This is the grim reality of the life of this world. Wether you want to face up to it or not, that’s your choice. It is only the people who lived for others and not themselves, in terms to securing one’s own well being in the hereafter, will be the losers once the sword of death strikes them. Always living to please others, living according to the dictates of fashion, family, friends etc. As my shaykh says “becoming people pleasers’ and not the being concerned with pleasing Allah or his prophet (saw)” Being the slaves of the thoughts of others. Of what they will say and think about you!. Just like steve, many people think and pin their hopes as “i will live long to enjoy the fruits of my efforts.”
But, death comes along and clears the fog which blocks people’s the view of reality. Unfortunately, many of us are also in this delusional state. Thinking “i have wealth, health and strength. I’ll live long enough to see my wishes through.” The blessed prophet (saw) used to say i do not think my eye sight that leaves me will return to me swiftly as it leaves me (paraphrased). Indicating how he kept the thought of death always in front of him.
Work in this world as you are going to live according to it. i.e to the amount of time you will stay here, which is uncertain. Whereas work for the hereafter according to the amount of time you will live there i.e forever.
His death is a great example of how me and you both, will have to face that unavoidable situation one day. Either today or tomorrow, it’s coming. As the saying goes it’s not ‘IF’, it’s a question of ‘WHEN’. Dont be bothered with what you have achieved here of the material gains. Steve jobs attained the highest of the high, in terms to the worldly success. Still somewhat young at the age of 56 he had the world ahead of him, with a good pension to look forward to. But, how is this going to help him now?
Remember, this is the game of life, we play our game according to the rules set in the book, and after the game, the kings, queens and the puns are all thrown into the same box. If you play it accordingly, then only you have won. If however you break the rules of the game, not only do you lose but also destroy others along the way. its your loss, and only yours!
some of my favourite Steve Jobs quotes:
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart”.
“Stop living the life of others and start to live your own life”.