“Say, ‘In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than all they accumulate.” [Yoonus (10): 58]
People all over the world are leading such busy lives catering to the needs of their families, loved ones, friends, work, or one’s own. In this fast paced world, time is hard to make and effort is seen as too much to give. Before we know it, the night has passed making way for the day and the day has passed dawning in the night.
In the daily cycle of fulfilling the requirements of this present life, important things like our faith is kept in the rear end of the car. As a Muslim, one is meant to answer the call to prayer 5 times a day. But, when through this hustle can one really manage to make way for prayer? Of the many individuals that nobly and faithfully walk to the mosque for their namaz or from the ones that pray from home, are we really enjoying and taking pleasure in the faith? What is the role of a Muslim? To simply narrate the words of prayer or to fully understand the intensity of those words and make our life revolve around it.
The only way to change one’s life is through a thorough understanding of one’s purpose in Allah. As Muslims, we are called to honour the faith joyously. Many people struggle with the concept of joy. Allah chooses HIS people and worshippers. So, it is no coincidence that you pray and worship HIM. Why then, do we pray so heartlessly and senselessly sometimes? People live empty and vulnerable lives, Allah wants to bless and favour HIS people. “Look how We have favoured [in provision] some of them over others. But the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction.” [al-Isrâ’ (17): 21]
HE thinks about you and decided to have you. Wait, reflect on this!
Your longing and yearning for Allah will bring you closer to HIM and your purpose. As a Muslim, don’t just oblige, enjoy the moments of pray and worship and fasting. In these times is when the toughest soldiers are revealed. The next time you walk to the Masjid or kneel down to pray, remember, you are chosen for this and wait upon Allah to fill your heart with joy. As our Prophet ﷺ used to do: “…and I ask You for the delight of looking at Your face, and [for] the longing to meet You (wa asa’aluka ladhat an-nadhari ilâ wajhik, wash-shawqa ilâ liqâ’ik).”
In doing such acts, will your joy be complete and faith made whole!