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Beautified for those who disbelieve is the life of this world, and they ridicule those who believe. But those who fear Allah are above them on the Day of Resurrection. And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account.
[Qur’an: Chapter #2 (Surat Al-Baqarah: The Cow) Verse #212]
The ones who prefer the worldly life over the Hereafter and avert [people] from the way of Allah, seeking to make it (seem) deviant. Those are in extreme error.
[Qur’an: Chapter #14 (Surat Ibrahim: Abraham) Verse #3]
As mentioned earlier in 2nd chapter (Types of people), there were four types of people I had seen till now out of which the third category was of those people who use to neither accept the truth nor rejects it directly but tend to ignore the truth, all they want is to stay away from topics involving finding truth or purpose of life. All they care is about the materialistic world and the race of being at the top in any walk of life. Note that they can be Muslims too, but they don’t care at all as they got the religion/beliefs from their forefathers and they just go on with it without even thinking of authenticating that belief although you can see them “flourishing” in other walks of life (science, education, degrees, jobs). They just want to live their life by blindly following the footsteps of people around them, they create copies of themselves. Motto of their life is to get formal education, get a job, marry, have kids, teach kids the same old formal education, and then get the married, wait for death to come (most people on this stage, when they are old think about the purpose of life and truth, when they have no energy left). So the cycle goes on like this, generation by generation. These type of people (if Muslims) learn anything about Islam and take it truth without investigating it, they also take something from Qur’an which they find benefit to them while ignoring the other stuff which they might think is too deep for them or not looking profitable (although Islam is a complete package, either you take whole or leave whole. There is no picking in Islam, like you like something so you will pick it while if you don’t like something you will leave it). These types of people are often patriotic and strong believers of culture (even if they call themselves Muslims too), so in the end what happens that they mix culture with Islam and Islam is such that if anything you try to add in Islam to create a mixture, Islam is then gone from it. That’s the beauty of Islam! Either you take the true message of Islam as a whole that was revealed 1400 years ago or you’re basically just following the culture or norms of the majority and your forefathers. (Because of seeing the majority of such people around me, I was completely lost and then Alhamdulillah (All praise belongs to Allah alone) Allah guided me and I cleared/cut off all of my beliefs which I was given through culture, forefathers and I started a new journey of finding the truth i.e. Purpose of life, started from the basic questions that Is there a Creator?, Who Created me?, Why was I Created and What I have to do in this life? And where will I go after this life?
In the above paragraph I have given a glimpse of people belonging to 3rd category (Those who ignore the truth), now first of all arguing with them will lead to nothing (most of the cases) they will give lame excuses to end the topic, or find ways to make them not look bad while also leaving the topic, they will also ridicule the belief/truth (some call them liberals) either directly or indirectly. Now what I have found after talking with many people like that(I don’t argue with anyone, if someone finds a mistake in my thoughts I tell them to advise me through evidence and if I find the truth in it I change and correct myself [In Shaa Allah] ). There is a pattern in their sayings and when they want to leave such topic or conversation or just want to simply ignore they will pull out the “Balancing card” that “In Islam, it’s mentioned to balance between this life and hereafter, Islam is not a strict religion, Every Muslim will be going to heaven eventually” they think learning about Islam/truth/purpose of life is equal to going in a jungle and cutting off with the world/humans. So I am writing this article to share my thoughts about that Balancing card, and what I think should be the right balancing between this life ( worldly knowledge) and hereafter (knowledge of finding truth). Note, I am a Human and I can make mistakes, so if you find any mistakes, please advise me good so that I can correct it. Please don’t judge Islam by its followers, we are not perfect, but Islam is. Learn about Islam from the Qur’an and Authentic Hadiths.
Example of Person A and B
Let’s assume there are two persons , Person A and Person B and for the context assume that both of these people call themselves Muslims, and for this example assume that both of Person A and Person B is doing bachelors in Computer Science ( you can replace computer science with any field you can think of).
Person A’s Introduction:
Person A belongs to the third category, he learned Islam through his forefathers and surroundings and didn’t even think about whether the Islam he was getting was in right form or not. Keep in mind that the Person A may pray, maybe also did Hajj but does all of so in a way he got it from forefathers, he does all of the actions in the way he was taught by his surroundings and he didn’t want to learn the right way or even find the actions which he thought to be religious and a part of Islam, are they even in Islam or not. He merely does all of this so that he may be liked by others, but deep down he doesn’t want to do anything like this, he is a Muslim only because the people around him are (or he has a Muslim name), he is doing what the majority of people around him are doing. He doesn’t want to contemplate or ponder over finding the truth; he wants to be a sheep following the herd without knowing that the crowd itself is right or wrong. He likes to compete in the worldly things; he wants to be the best in studies so that his parents could be proud of him and they could announce his achievements with their relatives, neighbors and make them jealous (directly or indirectly). He just wants to complete his degree with best grades possible so that he could land a job that pays well and earn a significant amount of money (that’s his goal basically) and mainly enjoy the life overall (cars, video games/entertainment, travelling, money, boasting is all that he is told to do if he gets a good job). His purpose of life is to get good grades (whatever he learns in terms of skills /computer science, he wants to use it for worldly things that could get him famous and earn him money), land a great job, make a lot of money, marry a beautiful/ wealthy woman with status, have kids and teach them the same purpose of life that he used to have, and the cycle goes on.
Person B’s Introduction:
Whereas Person B belongs to first category (Those who surrenders before truth, after properly analyzing/authenticating it), either he was a born Muslim or a revert/convert, he stopped blindly following the ways of his forefathers and fellow countrymen. He started to find the real purpose of life i.e. he knows that Allah created him for the only goal that he has to worship Allah alone in every walk of his life, no matter what he is doing, no matter what type of education he is getting, he always thinks how to convert it to his purpose of life. For example, being a computer science student. Whatever he learns in it, he tries to use it for spreading the real message of Allah (that’s his sole duty), if he is sitting in a gathering he will try to link the conversation towards his purpose of life, if he has kids he will teach them about the real purpose of life and real success, he will leave something (hobby or job) if it affects his connection with Allah. He loves no one more than Allah; he has trust and hope in Allah alone. He is not after the Dunya/world; he doesn’t want to be a part of the race of being at the top (competition). He wants to live a simple life (as a stranger rests during his journey, this Dunya/world is not the destination but just a resting place. Destination is after this life, so the one who is wise will try to prioritize what he wants, enjoyment in the resting place (dunya) which will end soon or enjoyment in destination which will last for eternity) , he wants to focus on things that matter the most that is how can he use what he learn for spreading the message of Allah only for the sake of Allah , he focuses on how much he knows about Qur’an (word of Allah) , he tries to learn more about his purpose of life rather than spending time learning more about the competition in worldly increase. He just wants to improve himself each day towards good in character, and he knows that he has to take advice and decisions based on the knowledge from Qur’an and Authentic Hadiths and not by blindly following others/majority. He is not patriotic, or a believer of culture, his only identity is that he is a Muslim and he doesn’t want the love of anything or anyone exceeds or even come close to the love of Allah.
Another example we can take is that now Person A and B are learning a new language, but Person A wants to learn it so that he could get a job over there, mold himself in their culture and traditions, or maybe even get a wife from that culture, he either wants to settle there or wants to earn a lot of money.
But Person B, even he wants to go there to settle, but that’s not what he has prioritized. His priority is that after he can learn a new language, he can convey the message of truth in that language to those who understand that language. You can see that whatever Person B does, he tries to link it to his ultimate purpose of life / his duty which is to spread the message of truth only for the sake of Allah.
See that Person B is also living life, he has a job too, he earns too, he sits between people too, he laughs too, he cracks a joke or two too, but his life is surrounded by his purpose which is to become closer to Allah by the help of Allah. His main aim is to convey the truth he found to others, without any reward from anyone except Allah, he cares for humans, and he wants to convey the truth to them but he knows one thing that his job is only to convey and it’s Allah alone who guides whomever He Wills, being a Muslim his duty is to enjoin good and forbid evil.
Now see that Person A’s life is surrounded by money, fame, enjoyment of worldly life, All he cares about is to live, enjoy and die. (#you Only Live Once, give it a break, chill don’t think much about purpose, just live, go with the flow).
Now an amazing view at this, in this life Person A could be at the top, and many people would be inspired by him because they have the same purpose of life, and Person B could be at the bottom, and many people would despise/dislike him because of his status and condition. But only those who belong to 1st category in the types of people would really see the beauty in the life of Person B and would love to have Person B in their company, they know that the real success is in the life which is surrounded by the goal of worshiping Allah alone and that it’s Allah who grants victory to anyone He Wills and loss to anyone He wills in terms of worldly gains, and Allah does all of this to test who is a true believer. Because many people tend to forget Allah once they have what they used to pray for and indeed man is ungrateful.
Islam is going to win with or without you, but without Islam you will lose.
Verses from Holy Qur’an on this topic
These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: their penalty shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.
[Qur’an: Chapter #2 (Surat Al-Baqarah: The Cow) Verse #86]
O mankind, fear your Lord and fear a Day when no father will avail his son, nor will a son avail his father at all. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth, so let not the worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver.
[Qur’an: Chapter #31 (Surat Luqman: Luqman) Verse #33]
But you prefer the worldly life, while the Hereafter is better and more enduring.
[Qur’an: Chapter #87 (Surat Al-Ala: The Most High) Verse #16 – 17]
So turn away from whoever turns his back on Our message and desires not except the worldly life.
[Qur’an: Chapter #53 (Surat An-Najm: The Stars) Verse #29]
Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter – We increase for him in his harvest. And whoever desires the harvest of this world – We give him thereof, but there is not for him in the Hereafter any share.
[Qur’an: Chapter #42 (Surat Ash-Shuraa: The Consultation) Verse #20]
So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely
[Qur’an: Chapter #42 (Surat Ash-Shuraa: The Consultation) Verse #36]
O my people, this worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement.
[Qur’an: Chapter #40 (Surat Ghafir: The Forgiver) Verse #39]
That is because they preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter and that Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.
[Qur’an: Chapter #16 (Surat An-Nahl: The Bee) Verse #107]