Remember those days when we had simple phones without the camera feature and the only game we played was ‘Snakes’, and seeing who gets the high score?!
That was our favorite phone until..
We got so fascinated by the look of it, its new features, the camera, the cool apps and what not! The good-old phone, our favorite one, seemed worthless! We saved money to get the iPhone in our hands. Then it was iPhone4, 5 & 6 or the ever evolving Samsung and the other phones.
((P.S: I am not saying having better phones and cars is wrong, in fact, Allah loves to see His blessings being used by His slaves.))
A shopping mall every time you visit, you come back more beautiful that you were before you entered.
“فيها مالا عين رأت، ولا أذن سمعت، ولا خطر على قلب بشر”
“There will be bounties which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human heart has ever perceived.” (AlBukhari)
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Were this world worth a wing of mosquito, He would not have given a drink of water to an infidel. [At- Tirmidhi]
Why is that when we have a better offering, we are holding on to something that is worthless?!
When your boss offers you a promotion to a very high position, but with a condition that you work extra hours for him. Won’t we go to any extent to get that position? We would even sacrifice our entertainment and basically get so busy even to find time to relax! All that just for a high pay and position in this Dunya!
Allah says: O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a transaction that will save you from a painful punishment?[It is that] you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you, if you should know.He will forgive for you your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence. That is the great attainment. (Surah Saff: 10,11, 12)
Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. (Surah Taubah:111)
So why are we holding on to something that will fade?
Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Rushing towards Allāh and depending on Him, being pleased with Him, filling the heart with love of Him, constantly remembering Him, feeling happiness and joy with knowing Him – all of these are instantaneous rewards, a paradise of this world, and a life that the lives of kings cannot even compare to. I heard Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allāh have Mercy on him) say: “Indeed, there is a paradise in this world. Whoever doesn’t enter it will not enter the Paradise of the Hereafter.”