It is that time of the year again, the adrenalin is pumping, the plans are thoughtfully sketched out and everyone is in vacation drive. The annual holidays are generally a culmination of a hard year’s work, studying and effort which brings with it fortune, success and prosperity, while for some it brings despair, failure and anxiety. Whatever the results maybe everyone wants to have a fair share of the fun.
When this time of the year arrives different people slot themselves into different activities. Despite the overwhelming holiday fever that pervades all walks of life, there are those fortunate few who are undeterred by the unfolding events. Their conviction is propelled by the verse of the Noble Quran,
“And hasten steadily towards forgiveness from your Lord, and Paradise which is as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who have inculcated taqwa (piety). For such, the reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing beneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allah’s Orders) (Surah Aal Imraan)
They go about each day in the very same fervour, fulfilling their obligations and restraining from sins and places of vice. They are steadfast with their salaah, consistent with their Zikr and Tilawat (recitation of Quran), and most importantly frequent the company of the pious and make every attempt to maximise their proximity to Allah Taala.
Frankly, whatever form of outward happiness or pleasure we experience in this rapidly diminishing life is a deception. It may appease our desire momentarily, but it is too short-lived to even mention. The pleasure of this world is so deceptive and hollow that a person is constantly seeking to outdo the pleasure experienced previously.
The fortunate few take further solace from the verse of the Noble Quran, which states, ” Lo Behold, Only in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” This key principle should be sufficient for every Muslim to understand that any other attempt to acquire peace, contentment of heart and pleasure is redundant if it does not entail the remembrance and obedience of Allah Ta’ala.
Then there are those who have absolutely no direction in their activities. They neglectfully wile away the precious moments of their youth in café corners, cinemas, entertainment dens and a host of other evil venues, gradually wending their way into anxiety, distress and unhappiness. The value of time is furthest from their minds and they continue aimlessly as though old age will never afflict them. These individuals should reflect on the following verses.
” And those who, when they have committed obscenity or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allah – And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know for such, the reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing beneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allah’s Orders). ” (Surah Al Imraan)
There is yet a third group of people who live recklessly and are hell bent on maximising their evil objectives. Like the pious chalk out their schedule of Ibadah and good deeds these individuals have a timetable of their own. They leave no stone unturned in their frenzy of clubbing, drinking, raving, and gambling. For them there are grim reminders in the Noble Quran. They should earnestly heed the following verses of the Noble Quran and reflect upon their condition. Allah Ta’ala says
“And Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth, in order that each person may be recompensed what he has earned, and they will not be wronged. Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god), and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember? And they say: “There is nothing but our life of this world, we die and we live and nothing destroys us except time. And they have no knowledge of it, they only conjecture – (Surah Jaasiya).
Shafeequl Ummah Hazrat Shah Moulana Muhammad Farouk Sahib (rah) visited the shores of this country on several occasions.
His teachings illuminated the hearts of thousands of people and enabled them to tread the path of seeking Allah Ta’ala. From his innumerable priceless gems of advice, one gem is reproduced hereunder which is itself sufficient for a person to attain success if he firmly adheres to its requisites:
Hazrat (rah) says: “To bring a change into your life, remember this secret of success: The Hadith states that every week records of the Ummats deeds are presented to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). So keep this thought constantly in mind: Is there anything in my book of deeds which will make the heart of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) happy? To reverse the evil trend of one’s nature and soul, and to bring oneself towards obedience, this contemplation is indeed an effective remedy.” (The Day and Night of a Mu’min)
May Allah Ta’ala guide and protect us in these turbulent times.
Jamiatul Ulama KZN