Different evaluations are made for the love of world. Some people think of nothing but the worldly pleasures while others oppose all kinds of worldly pleasures and say it is necessary to work only for the hereafter.
Submitted by on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:58
Dear Brother / Sister,
Some people misunderstand the wise advice given by some spiritually great people to cut off the relationship of the heart with creatures in order to connect to the Creator and assume a lifestyle like abandoning the worldly life, which is completely opposite to the actionist spirit of Islam.
It is stated in Risale-i Nur Collection that the world has three faces: the faces “being mirrors to divine names”, “being a field for Paradise” and “being a place of games for people of entertainment”. A Muslim loves two faces of the world. He tries to benefit from those faces through worshipping and meditation. On the other hand, he makes use of worldly boons legitimately and takes pleasure. The dangerous one of the loves of the world is being busy with the third face by forgetting the first two faces.
“People are in sleep; they wake up when they die.”
With the hadith above, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) expressed in a nice way the heedlessness of those who were busy with the third face of the world.
Our Lord informs us that the life of this world is nothing but play and amusement (al-An’am, 6/32). Only children spend their time playing games; entertainment satisfies only debauched people.
When man ends his childhood, he abandons his toy houses that he has built and dismantled so many times and starts to look for a permanent house to live. When he grows up, entertainment is replaced by working and ilm (knowledge).
When the prayer of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi,
“Show us the source and origin of these examples and shadows you have shown us” (Sözler: Words)
is thought together with the hadith above, the following meaning comes to the heart: A person who dreams also eats and drinks. Those foods satisfy him in his dream. A shadow satisfies another shadow here. However, when this man wakes up, he understands that he is hungry and starts to look for real food.
The people who are busy with the world and forget the real happiness become satisfied with shadows. They will wake up when they die and will understand that real satisfaction will only be in Paradise. However, it will be too late for most people.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) states the following by swearing:
“I swear by Allah that the world compared to the hereafter is like one of you dipping his finger into the sea. What will remain to him? What can his finger take from the sea?” (Hakim, Mustadrak, 4/319)
Eternal bliss is a sea. The worldly pleasures are like the water that wets the finger. Those who are not drowned in this wetness and who do not get wet due to slight moisture find the sea. Those who are not deceived by the ephemeral will attain the eternal.
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