A slab of ice placed beneath the
scorching sun is destined to melt away. Every passing moment
takes it closer to extinction and the instant inevitably
arrives when it is no more. This is a common observation, but
it continues to remind every heeding mind of the greatest
reality of life---death.
The real message of the Qur’ān is to warn mankind of the
Day of Judgement. It highlights the transitory nature of the Herein and the
everlasting nature of the Hereafter. It says that the pleasures and pains of
this world are temporary, while those of the next world shall be eternal.
Fortunate are those who keep this reality in mind and lead their lives
accordingly and ill-fated are those become indifferent to it.
Each passing day is taking a person closer to death and is
reducing his span of life. A Muslim, who has his eyes set on the Hereafter, must
remain anxious about how he has conducted himself at the end of each day. Each
day he must contemplate what has been left amiss and what better he can do, for
a day gone is an opportunity wasted and a chance lost to earn for the next life.
He must carefully avoid all activities which make him oblivious of this reality.
The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows not substantial things;
There is no armour against fate;
Death lays icy hands on kings:
Sceptre and crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
In our society, among other
festivities, `Birthday Parties' are occasions which make a person unmindful of
the Hereafter. Celebrating each departing year with cakes and pastries, smiles
and songs, is something which can only be done by a person who has not found
time to ponder over the reality of life. A Muslim can only feel anxious of the
years he has spent in this world and hope that all his sins shall be forgiven.
Expressing joy and happiness at each passing year can only mean one thing: he is
certain that the life he has spent shall definitely lead him in the Hereafter to
paradise---something which even the Prophets never knew with certainty.
Such feasts of merry making,
besides being totally against the above mentioned Qur’ānic philosophy about
life, are a source of many evils as well. In a society, where moral values are
all but dead and people in their life style have been alienated from the higher
goals of life, it is inevitably difficult to restrain them from excesses in this
regard. Musical functions and dance sessions are becoming a regular feature of
these parties among the elite of our society. Men and women dress up according
to the latest flares of fashion and exhibit their charms for cheap approval. The
social etiquette of Islam is violated, in fact, desecrated to the ultimate
extent. The amount of money spent on a typical `Birthday Party' of the upper
class easily exceeds the average monthly income of the people of a village put
together. Since this class sets the social trends and customs of a society and
the rest of the population invariably follows its footsteps, the evils of this
festivity are transmitted throughout the fiber of our society. Any attempt to
convince people about its worthlessness is greeted with scowls and sneers.
The only option left for a
Muslim is not to participate in such vain activities, for life is something more
meaningful: It is the only chance a person has to earn an everlasting life of