بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم و صلاوة و صلاوة و سلٌم علي محمد و علي آله و اصحابه و زواجه و.من.تبع الهدى الي اليوم الدين و بعد
The phrase, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” has been used by many writers since the founding of the United States. Unknown to most, however, i the original phrase which is, “life, liberty & the pursuit of wealth.”
This clearly illustrates the true goal of the American goal of the United States and it’s citizens. Therefore, in the American theme we see that happiness will ostensibly spring from the collection of material wealth.
Since the beginning of the American experiment this has been the ideological force pushing the government in a direction distasteful to most of those who reside here.
The antithesis to this goal is the goal Islam gives humanity, that being Jennah it the Paradise of the afterlife. Hence, the Muslim acting toward this goal will spend his or her time spending their wealth to please Allah. They should forsake the luxuries of life to gain the luxury of the next one.
As a prisoner in of the location of my birth place I have to say in shame that I have spent much of my time in Islam seeking the dunya. I have spent more time then necessary seeking it’s provisions seeking the fine balance that does not exist.
In the study of the seerah and biographies of the companions it is plan that Allah graces those who strive for His pleasure with a life of ease. For true comfort is in the heart only. In striving for the highest goal Allah blessed them with this dunya’s riches and when they received it they either turned away or sought to utilize it as a means to Him صبحان و تعلى.
Knowledge of this fact, of this scientificly provable equation doesn’t change us to act on it until we feel it as much as we feel the need to breathe when choked, to eat when hungry, to either fight or flee when confronted with danger.
Thus the question becomes how does one inculcate this emotional state? This question has eluded me since I first began to feel the hadith of the Prophet, صلى الله عليه و سلٌم, is reported to have said that imaan (faith but imaan is deeper then the word faith) increases and decreases.
Therefore I will now speak openly in order to express where I feel I made an error that began to weaken my resolve to act on my beliefs. This is to warn those of you, my dear readers, whose Imaan is bringing them to act on more than just the obligations of the Shariah.
In my college years the sacred month of Ramadan was in the fall. And so toward the end of the semester in the month of Ramadan I had to take a state exam. I sadly bought in to the wasassa (whispers) of shaytan. Convinced that I should break my fast so I could concentrate on the test. I never made that day up and the shaytan had his opening و اعوذ بالله من شره واستعين الله للنصر
So I supplicate to Allah to protect you all from such whispers and that He refortify our hearts that we can make the proper expiation for our mistakes, impulsive sins and sinful schemes.
Ameen ameen ameen