Burger King, Property Mas – In this fast-paced world of materialism, our surroundings tend to keep us occupied mentally and physically with its paraphernalia. We realise by then that the weekend is already around the corner and then you start asking yourself, “What have I been doing this week that adds up to my self worth?”.
Of course your time was spent without dissipation at work, studies or with your family members. However, what was the outcome that truly granted yourself satisfaction? It is like having your monthly wage and you splurge it on all your wants and needs but in the end of the day you don’t really see any of those things you’ve bought or invested in. As if money, disappeared into thin air.
A Muslim may lead a decent life and perform his obligations to God unfailingly and yet be enslaved by the mundane routines of the daily life. This occurs when he is not aware of the purpose of his existence which actually transcends mere fulfilment of moralistic behaviours and requirements.
Being human, I too have faced some stagnancies in life at times. Sometimes you’re on top of the world the next day it may seem vague or dark. Whatever it is, I am grateful because I believe that Allah by any means has saved me from nothingness in such situations.
So, what can one do when he/she feels life seems to be on a slope?
Laying Out Factors of Boredom or Sadness In Writing
Once in a while one has to stop and look into himself the progress that he has made mentally, spiritually and physically. If we are besieged by boredom or melancholy, it is best that we start identifying and jotting down all of those factors and finding means of alleviating them to break-free and emancipate the self from these obstructions of self growth. I suggest that a blueprint of our daily schedule is tailor-made to overcome our physical, spiritual and mental drawbacks.
Al-‘aqlus Saleem Fi Jismis Saleem
In order to have a stable mind is to ensure that the physical engine works well. Without a supplementary diet, the body slows down and our mental clarity fades which shall lead to depression. So no matter how bad the world seems to be, the body needs to be forced to have its fill. Another thing is to keep that heart pumping with extra-curricular activities like sports or arts/dancing.
Spiritual Bearing Spot-check
One needs to reset and recheck their spiritual bearing from time to time. No matter what objectives or aims that we seek to achieve, we must allot the core of these intentions that whatever we do it is for the sake of earning the Pleasure of Allah. A person who manages to reach this pivotal point of Spiritual Divinity, he shall not be disheartened nor angered by any state of divest. Some keys to contentment in life : Shukr for what you have, Redha for what you don’t have and Du’a for what Allah Deems best for you. On practical terms, is to increase or at least remain istiqaamah daily with some particular extra nawaafil prayers, Quranic recitations (with efforts of understanding) or simple zhikr as our soul food.
The best part of being human is being able to forget, hence our Arabic moniker an-Naas which is rooted from na si ya (To forget). The mind is like the river flowing along the streams which can be disrupted or blocked. Try altering the way we do things, our daily schedule or our surroundings. We will realise that our life shall follow a different stream but still leads to the same ocean. A new ambiance disassociates the mind with the usual boring or sad things that might have kept us restless and pointless. Actually, whatever that seems significant to us is just a matter of something that WE have built in our minds. Try pondering Maslow’s Self-Actualization phase and this hadith for example[ Forgive me if I’m quoting this wrongly ];
On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: Allah the Almighty said:
I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me.
If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and
if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an
assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw
near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at
Related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah)
If one truly understands how their own mental, physical and spiritual mechanism works, they will be able to manoeuvre their emotions and wants. Of course I’d have to agree that it is not easy to reach this level of spiritual mastery but remember, better trying than not at all. I hope that this article could help a little bit in that sense. God Bless!