Thursday, August 04, 2005

4.7 Seconds

Life has been really hectic and busy for the last few weeks and it has been difficult to post on this blog, or any other blog for that matter.

While I was out for a drive one day I came across a billboard with the words "most people fall in love within 4.7 seconds"

That's the only thing that I managed to catch hold of and the fact that it was an advertisement for a Jaguar car. Nevertheless, the message behind that board was far more than meets the normal eye... it is a message for us to ponder.

Isn't it true how we can totally fall in love with something that has just been sighted by our eyes...

I know for sure that I've walked into a car showroom and fell in love with a car within a minute; I'm sure that this works for many people, falling in love with a dress in the shop window, some jewellery, a house, a computer, or whatever a person is into. It's not even strange to see people falling in love with animals.

Seeing that advert made me ponder about the meaning and the word "love". It made me thing that this is such a strong word and its usage is mostly with meaningless things.

Then it occurred to me that a meaningless thing becomes some precious as soon as you apply the "love" in the equation.

So where does that leave us with 'Love'?

POINT

If a man can fall in love with a care within 4.7 seconds and a girl with probably a dress (or a Barbie doll - I have no idea), then surely we should think about how we are not applying this love correctly in each part of our life.

Love is a great thing if done in moderation and applied in the right places, but it can be a very harmful and bad thing when it is used in the wrong places and more than need be.

We need to have love for money and material, but this should be very minimal. It should be enough to see us through our days and not leave us begging; yet it should not be so much that it makes us blind from everything else.

We need to have love for our partners and children so that we can fulfil their rights and have a peaceful life; yet it such not exceed the love we have for Allah, His Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and His religion.

We should have love for Allah so that we can be successful in both this life and the hereafter; yet we fail to realise that this love should have no limits but it is the love that sometimes has no beginning.

We are so busy in loving all these futile, things that will perish one day that we have forgotten to love that which is beneficial and eternal.

The harm is still not done... do we change or do we continue to be drowned in what Shaytaan has shown us to be "love"... the decision is ours, will we recognise true love.

Surely we have had more than 4.7 seconds and over a thousand reasons to love Allah... Should we not ponder as to what or who is stopping us from loving Allah and is encouraging us to love futile objects?

10 comments:

mujahidah an nafs said...

Assalamu alaikum,

Jazakallah khair 4 such an informative post.

Its true how sumtimes our love for the creation or material things in life can make us blind and make us 4get the true love; that is the Love for Allah (swt). Yup it cud take as little as 4.7 seconds to fall in love with something material, but the sad thing is that many of us have lived for years and we have still not been able to establish that sort of love or even greater for Allah allmighty.

Without the true love for Allmighty Allah (swt)our hearts will be dead, especially if our love 4 the created overcomes that for the creator. Without the creator that object of love would not have existed.

Our nabi, may pace and blessing be upon him made a beautiful supplication:

'O Allah! Cause Your love to exceed all loves in me. And cause Your fear to be the greatest of all fears to me.'

Ameen. May Allah (swt) illuminate our hearts with a pure love that remains forever only dedicated to Him and to perform those deeds that allow us to establish this relationship with Him Allah(swt).Ameen.

Jazakallah khair,

Dua mein yaad

Wassalam

Saj said...

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Interesting post, very thought provoking...

Jazak'Allah Khair for sharing this with us.

Aameen to the dua's made by Sister Mujahidah.

Wasalaam

xmuslimahx said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

After reading that post I realised that its so shameful that we can fall in love with wordly things like cars, jewellery or whatever but why do we not love the one who provided all those things more?

Indeed, Allah Ta'ala provided us with cars for easier travel, jewellery to adorn ourselves with and so on but we do not thank Him and love him enough... astaghfirullah.

May Allah Ta'ala increase our love for Him every minute and second of the day and make us aware of the fact that He is the Provider and that unto im shall we return. Ameen.

Wassalam.

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hmmm...intresting.

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum

Sister Mujahida
Jazakallah for your comments. Indeed it is true that we fall in love with all those things which have no meaning, and even that in such a short time; yet we forget the one who has given us everything and sometimes even a lifetime is not enough for us to create that love and bond with Him. May Allah incline our hearts towards Him. Aameen.

Sister Sajeda
Jazakallah for dropping by and for the comments. Please do remember me in your Duas.

Sister xmuslimahx
Jazakallah for your comments and may Allah make the path your have chosen to travel upon easy for you, may He keep you steadfast on His path also.

Please do remember us in your Duas and pray that the spark of love for Allah, which is present in each Believer's heart increases so much that the flames of love glow in every corner of our heart.

Wasalaam

Zain said...

Thank you chrisym37lglane
for the informative post. Though I doubt you wil be reading this comment.

You comment made me thing, sometimes people are so prepared to take a huge risk in life, even if it be a financial risk; taking all that money one has worked all their lives for and putting it towards something that could totally destroy them; then again that is life.

What I don't understand is the risk that people take when it comes to the hereafter, specially for those who do not believe in it. If one could only consider the great risk of not accepting and pondering over the true path then maybe we could be successful in the hereafter as much as we are sometimes here.

May Allah open our eyes to His path and guide us towards His happiness by freeing us from all this materialism. Aameen.

xmuslimahx said...

Salam,

Ameen to the duas. Your last comment was like... woaw!!! Masha'Allah u can make a comment on anything!

Thanks for ure words of wisdom.

Wassalam

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah Sister xmuslimahx for your comments. May Allah accept the comments. I pray that He makes me say and right that which He is pleased with and that which will be beneficial to those who listen and read.

Please do remember me in your Duas.

Wasalaam

xmuslimahx said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

Ameen to the duas.

Insha'Allah u'll always be in my duas.

Dua me yaad

Wassalam