If the UK general elections are anything to go by, then it is this; A vicious picture of reality painted in the most obvious way with the paint of emotional blood showing lives being torn apart and loyalties broken, a picture of reality biting hard on places where it hurts! Having spent 5 years in government, working as colleagues, laughing, crying and struggling together and overcoming the odds, it would have seemed David Cameron, the newly re-elected prime minister of the United Kingdom, became a much closer and a loyal friend to the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems), if not at least to his partner in crime – Nick Clegg. However, the image of this election brought out a very different picture. One that is and always has been, true to its nature; dunya is an ugly place, designed to rip out and tear apart people’s expectations, aspirations and hopes at every turn it can.
A dunya-geared friend, who is willing to be a shoulder to lean on only when things are going good, will undoubtedly resort to below-the-bar tactics, in order out do and step over his so-called ‘friend’ whenever he will see chance for himself to gain something. Leaving aside whatever he may have pretended to say, do and be to his friend. This is elaborately what Cameron did to Clegg, he simply hamstrung Clegg in a choke and then gave the killer blow-to-the-head, dashing all if not most of his hopes of ever getting a seat in the core power houses of Downing street.
Many commenters have said, the Conservative party (Tories) launched a decapitating campaign in the Lib Dem strongholds across the country. Trying to win over loyal supporters of the Lib Dems into voting for the Tories. This is exactly what has happened. In the days leading up to the elections, the Conservatives sent in bus loads of Tory activists into the heartland of Lib Dem country, convincing people to vote the Tories over their coalition colleagues. Whilst it may have been all smiles, laughs and walks in the garden for the cameras between Cameron and Clegg, it was a completely different picture behind the scenes. Both plotting the downfall of the other, an age-old cliche of stabbing the other in the back, so to speak. This is the clearest of the clearest example of how nasty and venomous the nature of the dunya is, especially of people of dunya. Anyone seeking to understand the drama of the elections can take an enormous lesson from this. When you base your sole passions, desires and will in attaining, bridging and building relationships for dunya, then be ready to be disappointed at every occasion. Like you too, the other person will be the same, when it comes to what matters, and when it matters, friendships and localities will be destroyed and up in the air before you can say ‘i should have seen that coming’.
Centuries of sacred teachings in the Islāmic traditions have always taught lessons of being truthful to Allah first and foremost, placing loyalties in him and befriending him. It is only Allah who is a true friend of a being in times of need and ease. This is a blueprint set out to avoid having any disappointments in this dunya. Once the goals are set and clear, no matter what will occur in a person’s life it will not have much of an effect on him than without it. For example, a person will ultimately always have in mind, Allah and his prophet sallahu alihi wasallam are my one and only true set of friends, who always want the best for me without having ulterior motives. Whereas the people of the dunya will goad you to do something and be with you only when it suits them and their motives. If this ceases to be the case, immediately the tone of friendship and communications ceases to remain the same, sometimes completely severed altogether. This is why it is important to seek out people who love each other for Allah and have the right goals in mind.