So this is my first post on this amazing book. Even though “Fiqh-ul-Quloob” has been a fascinating journey, so far (and it’s just started!), sometimes you need a moment that just hits you and you cannot help but write about it. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Al Tawaijiri seems to sum up the recipe for success in life in this sentence;
والدنيا دار الحاجات، والجنة دار الشهوات، فنأخذ من الدنيا بقدر الحاجة، ونقوم بأداء أوامر الله حسب الطاقة، والله سبحانه يكمل شهواتنا يوم القيامة في الجنة دار كمال النعيم.
Roughly translated, “The world is an abode for needs, whereas Paradise is the abode for desires, so we take from this world as much as our need, and we fulfill the commands of Allah as much as our strength allows, and Allah will fulfill our desires on the Day of Resurrection in Paradise, the abode of perfection of blessings.”
SubhaanAllah, beautifully put, isn’t it? Yet, how many of us truly follow this? Two lessons can be derived from this statement;
a. Only fulfill necessities in dunya, don’t run after desires
Now here’s our moment of reckoning; how much of our time is spent fulfilling our needs as opposed to fulfilling our desires? But you NEED that latest iPhone, right? No, don’t take me wrong, Islam does not want us to spend our lives as paupers, it just teaches us to prioritise what is truly important in our lives. The more we spend time fulfilling our desires, the more our desires increase. Fact is that NOTHING in this world can completely satisfy us! That’s why that bit has been reserved for Jannah (Paradise), the place where our every wish will be answered even before we ask for it! Can you imagine the feeling? Now, think of the last time you went shopping. How long did the joy of purchasing something new and shiny last? Once you have consumed the amount that your body needs, what happens to all those things that you ate to fulfill your excess cravings? Where does everything we purchase in this world eventually end up? You get the picture…
b. Follow the commands of Allah as much as our strength allows, i.e. use whatever skills we have in Allah’s path
“What skills?” we say. Allah does not look at your level of intellect or genius but He looks at the sincerity of intention in your hearts. Ever thought of the fact that even your skills will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection? This does not mean go and earn degrees and then serve Allah’s Deen. It means do WHATEVER is in your capacity. As I was pondering on this point during class, I could not help but think of the disabled. I have hardly come across any disabled person who is not doing something positive with whatever faculties that they have. Because they have been deprived of some faculties that regular people have, they have to put in double the effort just to come at par with the rest of the world or to prove that they are not less than anyone. Yet, how many of us able-limbed people come up with endless excuses for sitting on our behinds and wasting the health and faculties that Allah has blessed us with. If we would start measuring our lives by the number of our heartbeats, how many of them do we waste even though we don’t even know whether we can make it to the next heartbeat?
I will leave you with this gem from our previous class:
May Allah (SWT) make us among those people who use their time and skills for His sake. Ameen.
Wassalaamu Alaykum wr wb