Author: Ms Seen Noon
I came across a quote enlightening us about the path leading towards paradise, while ignoring money worldly demands and pleasures, and avoiding enemies and satan. I based my article on this quote which teaches us that salah, oneness of Allah, Sunnah, and a strong belief system, can pull us out of trouble and can help us to land on the road leading towards paradise.
‘The road to Jannah is not straight. There’s a curve called dunya, a loop called money, speed bumps called pleasure and temptations, red lights called enemies & satan.
But on the positive side, if you have a spare called Salah, an engine called “La illaha Illallah”, an insurance called Imaan, a driver called “Muhammad” ﷺ , Insha’Allah you’ll make it to a place called Jannah.’
Days and nights are passing by at ultra-speed, leaving us all in a state of confusion and chaos, being clueless we just mark on our to-do lists, things left from getting achieved, racing towards our worldly goals. Although we hardly realize it, but this dunya has us all wrapped up in its loops and swirls, with the greed of material gains entangling our minds to a state of numbness. Do we even remember that our eternal goal is Jannah and this world is barely a stopover? All of us need to drive steadfastly on a road leading towards paradise, gaining Allah’s blessings along the way, while practicing the ways of Muhammad ﷺ and applying the learnings from the Quran.
Battle of Deen versus Dunya
The whole troublesome ordeal of riding along the satan-fueled worldly waves in turn makes us oblivious towards our religious goals; tawhid (oneness of Allah), salah (prayers), saum (fasts), zakat (charity), hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). This behavior can lead us towards an end that is not ‘fruitful’, and we will merely stand emptyhanded when our good and bad deeds are accounted for, God forbid.
The perfect deal would be to balance our worldly goals with the objectives laid down by our supreme creator. It actually is an intense battle that goes on continuously between us and satan, where the satan exercises every trick in the game to drive us off track, deviating us from the path of Quran and Sunnah.
Money – We Want It All
Life although is short, but we want to play all our cards to get access to the worldly goodies as we can, while neglecting our health, family ties, peace and connection with the Almighty. Is it really worth it to let go of everything precious to us for a life where we have all the riches of this world? And if we are unable to get hold of it, we spend our life in despair and tension, ignoring the happiness, smiles, little joys for it. The rights and wrongs, legal and illegal, all means to accomplish the milestones appear irrelevant to us.
Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: A time will come upon the people when one will not care how one gains one’s money, legally or illegally. (Bukhari)
So true, while carrying out our business deals, we tend to overlook some details regarding legal matters, focusing ONLY on the outcome, not caring about the repercussions of our actions this might have on our day of judgement’s ‘Report Cards’.
It is reported by Jabir that the Prophet ﷺ said: The flesh and body that is raised on unlawful sustenance shall not enter Paradise. Hell is more deserving to the flesh that grows on one’s body out of unlawful sustenance. (Ahmad).
Alas, myself included, at times we are not paying enough attention to it; Are we performing our worldly duties while remaining inside the boundaries set by our Lord? Indeed, the boundaries are there for a purpose, the legal and illegal actions have a chain of cause and effect, pushing us deeper towards the path that we choose. Just like its said, that one small lie will make you utter a hundred more lies to cover up for the first lie, similarly, one small step towards an illegal business deal or an unjust budget allocation will gradually remove from your heart all sense of weighing your decisions on moral grounds.
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Surah At-Tawbah, Verse 34
O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment. (9:34)
Worldly Pleasures & Temptations
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Surah Al-Isra, Verse 27
‘Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.’ (17:27)
While working for our rights and provision requirements, filling our pockets with riches and luxuries, we are rather hypnotized by the pleasures and temptations, drifting from the path of righteousness and drowning in the sea of materialistic urges and desires. We are sent in this world in order to fulfill our purpose of serving humanity, obeying Allah’s orders, praying and supplicating as much as we can, while simultaneously fighting off worldly temptations and wants.
The trials and tests to assess our firmness in the department of faith and piety are of course through these mediums of invitations for easy access to worldly pleasures and temptations. If we indulge ourselves in this kind of living, then we are in for a soul-less life, deprived of contentment and satisfaction.
Allah says in Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 257
‘Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.’ (2:257)
Every breath we take in this world is a blessing from the Almighty, gifting us with health, wealth, peace and contentment. Sometimes, we get overboard with the greed of gaining access to things that are merely luxuries and non-essentials. Satan misguides us on every straight path that we choose for us, forcing us to make selections that are a negative addition to our Book of Deeds. A concrete and steadfast belief system, which cares for our family values, and assists in attaining a balance between this world and the next is the need of the hour.
We need to understand the tactics exercised by satan and his associates in order to stop us from following Allah’s commands. This world, these temptations, the money and treasures, along with our children are indeed a part of our assessment. Deeper understanding of the Quran and Sunnah can enlighten us and nurture our relationship with the creator of this world. Defeating satan’s traps and following a believer’s way of living should be our motto.
Allah says in Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Verses 88 and 89, about the day of judgement:
‘The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children. But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.’ (26:88-89)
May Allah guide us and allow us to become a better version of ourselves, but of course great effort and sacrifice are needed to accomplish this goal. The finiteness of this world versus the infinite life in the Hereafter can be a major push in that direction, if Allah wills.
Performing Salah, understanding ‘La illaha Illallah’, protecting our Iman, while enriching our way of living by following Sunnah, can lead us towards the road that leads to Paradise.