வாழ்க்கை ஒரு பெரிய 'ஏக்கத்துடன்' விளையாட்டு. நீண்ட நம் வாழ்வில் பல்வேறு கட்டங்களில் விஷயங்களை நாம் அனைவரும். சமீபத்திய தொலைபேசி…அல்லது நாம் தற்போது வைத்திருந்தது ஒப்பிடுகையில், the next best one maybe. A nicer house, car, clothes, jewellery…..objects: various sizes, quality, functionality, some essential and others not so, some easier on the eye, sleeker, prettier, glitzier etc.
We long and wait for people too to enter our lives…. For the single people out there the longing is for the better other half. For the married childless couple out there, the longing may be for children.
Desires are natural….fulfilling them through permissible means is our choice entirely and we are free to do so without restriction….most of the time, exception being the month of Ramadan and Hajj where we are told temporarily to abstain from specific things.
அல்லாஹ்வின் தூதர் (May peace be upon him) இவ்வாறு கூறியதாக கூறப்படுகிறது “The son of Adam grows old, but two (ஆசைகள்) in him remain young: desire for wealth and desire for life”. சஹீஹ் முஸ்லீம்
The reality is that when our wait for the desired ‘thing’ is over…..the assumption of ‘happily ever after’ mirage does not often materialise. The ‘waiting’ followed by possession is often still greeted with an empty feeling…. unfilled void. Complete contentment somewhere still in the distance.
The important question to ask ourselves is how much time, முயற்சி, money and thoughts are we spending on the things we are longing and waiting for? Could they be better directed to something else more rewarding – in this life and the next respectively?
Think about your priorities in life….what will not matter once you reach your grave?
It was narrated by Allah’s Messenger (May peace be upon him), அவர் இன்னும் கூறினார்: “The mutual rivalry (for piling up of worldly things) உம்மை திசை திருப்பி, ‘Until you visit the graves (அதாவது. till you die).’ The son of Adam says: ‘My wealth, my wealth,’ but your wealth is what you eat and consume, or what you wear and it wears out, or what you give in charity and send on ahead (for the Hereafter)". An-Nasa’i
We should long for something more useful, more attainable in the short term and ultimately more rewarding.