50cent, or more formally known as Curtis Jackson is seen by most hormone raging, wild, and rebellious teens and some early young adults as an ideal human. Someone worthy to be emulated in every instance and situation of life. From the way he walks to the way he sleeps! Now, as most civilised and educated middle-class working people know this is nothing short of obsession. He is marketed by his own multitude of companies and others as a man who has everything. House, Money, Women, Cars, Influence etc. Many of the things which people aspire to be and have, he has them all. However, as with everything in life, his ‘superstardom’ seems to be going a little pear shaped recently. His dispute with his recording label interscope is only one thing in the puzzle and muddle of 50s life.
Several months back, i watched a documentary on 50cent and what i learnt about the infamous “50cent” shocked me, to say the least. Usually, all the rappers and r’n’b artists are shown as ignorant fools, who use violence and cruelty to get things done. Curtis Jackson however seems to be one of those few rare ones who is intelligent and simply put, very bright. Not only does he have a huge monopoly on the rap industry, but also has a foothold on many other businesses. From soft drink production companies to book publishing and others.
what made me do this post more specifically, was that his recent twitter posting (posted below) show a strong contrast to the 50cent one may see plastered on the billboards and the media. He seems to be a more thoughtful and a philosophical person. In one of the twitter tweets he says “to be conscious that life is short is not suicidal…” This to me sounds like a person who thinks and ponders on life a lot when he is alone. A far cry from the 50cent we or anyone may see on tv daily. In another of the tweets he actually says he has lost all trust in people. – Clearly a sign things are not as ‘smooth running’ as it may appear on television. Which is also a physiological experience which the people of depression tend to display some if not all the time.
Now, i am aware of his egoistic lifestyle, the women, the gangster lifestyle and the large number of sexual products he has produced, not to mention the drug related offences and crimes. Putting this to a side and focusing on the discussion at hand it appears as the age-old saying and the over used phase goes “money does not buy you peace” is literally what is unfolding with the character of 50cent. Once again the dunya is using one of its own products (in this case 50cent), and showing us how it can take you to the highest of the high. In terms of giving you all the pleasures, the wealth, the health, the fake prestige and honour. Yet, it can – to the same individual show its other side, a darker side. By thrusting you into the darkest of the darkest places and leaving you there to tremble in the fear of the unknown and the real realities of life. Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley, Micheal Jackson, steve jobs amongst the plethora of other celebrities are prime examples being spewed out to us on a daily basis, of how this dunya is a two-faced, evil, and a deceptive ‘friend’ it can be. In this light i can recall a saying which i once heard of Imam al ghazali who said; this dunya is like a friend-of-the-dunya to you. Who is only with you at times of joy and happiness. When the going gets tough he leaves you to your misery and hardship. To suffer on your own and die on your own. When you needed these so-called “friends” they are not there with you.
50cent’s open and public dispute with his recording label is one just example of the wisdom of imam ghazali’s saying. It appears these thoughts he expressed on twitter has deeper roots than what meets the eye. Maybe issues which he has tried to brush under the carpet for many years is only beginning to surface. The emptiness within, the sence of finding no peace, or dignity and respect he thought he will instantly get from the fleeting lifestyle which me and you are dying to attain.
Lastly, this is something for all of us to think about. A person having the world at his feet, yet having to face the same problems and difficulties as you and i. Just goes to show the emptiness of the dunya. That no matter how much you manage to eat of the dunya, you will still feel hungry if you do not give yourself to the one who holds ‘peace’ in the grasp of his eternal hands. Allah (swt)! It may be that 50cent is not facing or going through depression, and these comments are just something said in the heat of the moment. Either way, the point still stands, Dunya will one day shows its true colours, no matter who you may think you are.
In conclusion, this does not mean that one should not live a life of ease, happiness and comfort according to the sharia and the sunnah. What it DOES mean however, is that we should not give our hearts to dunya. Our hearts should only be given to Allah, alone. This will enable us to mould our life according to Islam and not dunya and as a result help us to turn to allah for help and guidance and moral support, not to the dead and lifeless. That is the creation. When we will become the friend of the ever-living, we too will find the ever-reaching and never-ending solutions to our problems.
So, all in all anyone can be a millionaire, whilst still be a great saint of Allah. Like syyiduna abdul qadir jilani and imam abu hanifah (ra).