Friday, October 21, 2005

Life is a football match

Yesterday night, after Taraweeh, we went to play football with our ten players. The teams were different this week as we had different player this week as some of the regular players could not make it.

As always, a good game of football feels great and there are many lessons to be learnt from what we would class a simple game of football.

Yesterday the teams were evenly matched and equally balanced out. The result of which was a very tight game. Each team put in a hundred percent to overcome the other team and push forward.

In short, the game ended as a draw. One team's goal was answered by the same from the other team. The battle of sixty minutes led to nothing more than a tie.


The teams in this football match were equally matched and therefore the result was a draw. In our everyday life we have a football match and we have to make an effort to make a stronger team than the opposition.

The length of this match is until our soul is taken by the angel of death and the referees are the angels upon our shoulders.

So who are the team players?

Team one:

Player one: Me, you, us.
Player two: the love for Allah
Player three: the love for our Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam
Player four: Desire for Jannah


Team two:

Player one: Shaytaan
Player two: Nafs (Self)
Player three: Habits
Player four: Desire for sinning.

The only way we can defeat this opposition if we continue to give back what we take. Each time Shaytaan strikes and scores a goal against us we should become more alert and follow it up straight away.

The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has said:

"and follow up a sin with a good deed, it (the good deed) will wipe it (the sin) out..."

The only way to win this game is by training our players; by increasing our love for Allah and His Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and increasing the desire for Jannah we will have a stronger and better team than Shaytaan.

And if we slip up our defences some times and let Shaytaan's team score a goal then we should make certain that we reply a goal with a goal.

May Allah Ta'ala give us the inclination and make us strong in our beliefs. Aameen.


Anonymous said...

salaams brother zain

yet another excellent post!!...

Muslim sister

mujahidah an nafs said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Mashallah a great post :)

May Allah Ta'ala bless us with the inclination to be a part of 'team 1'and may he bless us with the ability to defeat 'team 2' in order to reach our goal; that is the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala, the love of our habib sallalahu alyhi wasallam and ultimately jannah.Ameen.

Jazakallahu khair.
Dua mein yaad during this mubarak month.


Amatullah said...


Assalamu'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh..

I have always learnt a lot from your posts, MashaAllah, your ways of pleasing Allah Subhana wa Ta'la in every aspect of your life, including the little chores or games in life, touches the very heart and soul of the readers.

Your posts are very inspirational and helps the person to find His Lord even in the things one does not imagine.

May Allah Subhana wa Ta'la make us amongst the Winner Team 1 and help us defeat the team 2, A'ameen

Remember the Muslim Ummah in your du'as.

JazakAllahu Khair..
WaAssalamuAlaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

Kidinme said...

Ameen :-)

Nice post masha'Allah, a very nice perspective.

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Jazakallah for the comments and words of encouragement. May Allah Ta'ala accept all our Duas and make us amongst those with whom He is pleased. Aameen.

A humble request to all readers to remember me in their Duas during, and also after, these blessed days of Ramadhan.


umm zahra said...

Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu.

This was a great post, and alhamdulilah it puts alot of things in perspective; I guess we don't realise it but the evils of 'team two' are always there, waiting to attack.

This blog has been very helpful and I pray that there are many more posts to come from it.

This unique act of dawa is very beneficial aswell as effective, it reaches out to you more as I guess we can all relate to it in some way. May Allah reward you abundantly in this life and in the hereafter for your kind efforts.

Remember this sinful slave in your duaas.


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Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum Sister Umm Zahra.

Jazakallah for your comments and I do hope that you keep me in your Duas.

Insha Allah, there will be more posts coming.