Saturday, April 15, 2006

Car Race

On my way back from Rugby today I witnessed two drivers having a race on the motorway. It reminded me of racing games and the actual concept of races.

Although I am sure everyone knows how a 'car race' actually works, it's important to just mention what occurs for us to realise the lesson behind it.

In a race two cars set a course as to how far they have to race and set a destination or target they have to reach. Thereafter, each car competes to get to that destined place first. Whoever reaches first is the winner.

The thing to remember is that the deciding factor is who reaches the destination first and crosses the line. However, within the race there will be many times where one car overtakes the other, this does not make the other driver give up but instead makes him work harder, for he knows that it's not over until they cross the line.

POINT

I realised from these people racing, that despite them overtaking one another several times, they never gave up to try and win the race.

Similarly, in our lives, we are having a race, a competition, with Shaytaan and our Desires. There will be times in our life where Shaytaan or our Desires will overtake us. However, we should never let this stop us from reaching our goal and winning the race; in fact we should make an extra effort to win back the first position and perform extra acts of worship and seek more forgiveness.

Furthermore, we should never drop our guard down for Shaytaan and our Desires will try and overtake us at a point when we cannot return from the defeat; this is at the time of our death, near the finish line. If at this point Shaytaan succeeds and wins the race then we have lost, no matter how many a times we overtook him during our lifetime and if at that time we beat Shaytaan and depart this world with the Kalimah and whilst having faith in Allah then we have surely won the race.

May Allah give us the understanding and strength to win this race and this battle; may He give us the courage to continue to overtake Shaytaan if ever he overtakes us. May He incline our hearts to seek forgiveness and may He shower His mercy by forgiving us. Aameen.

4 comments:

Saj said...

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Aameen to the Dua's. Masha'Allah, once again a great post and a significant point was made in regards to the struggles one faces.

Every day one struggles with his desires and works to defeat shaytaan, like you mentioned in the post, we will only be victorious if we defeat shaytaan before the time of our dismissal from this duniya.

Jazak'Allah Khair for sharing this post with us.

Wasalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Unknown said...

Assalamu alaykum

I am new to this blog and all I can say is Mashallah...an amazing reminder and I couldn't agree any more with the sister above who mentioned that

"Every day one struggles with his desires and works to defeat shaytaan, like you mentioned in the post, we will only be victorious if we defeat shaytaan before the time of our dismissal from this duniya."

Ameen to the duas, and keep up the great work, May Allah Ta'ala make you successful in all your endeavours. Ameen.

Duas please

Wassalam

comicsans said...

Ameen ya Rabbal A'lameen
Death is unpredictable. But as days are passing by every sign of THE LAST DAY is being exposed.
May we all take heed.
Ameen

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Sister Sajeda

Jazakallah for that comment and indeed "we will only be victorious if we defeat shaytaan before the time of our dismissal from this duniya". May Allah make us victorious. Aameen.

Unknown

Jazakallah for the comments and Aameen to the Duas.

comicsans

Jazakallah for your comments. Indeed death is unpredictable. For a believer every second that passes is death, for we know not which is our last breath.

It is for this reason that the Adhaan and Iqaamah for a person is done at the time of his birth, the only thing remains is the Salat-ul-Janaazah.

And we all know that the prayer follows straight after the Iqaamah.

May Allah give us all the awareness of the closeness of death. Aameen.

Wasalaam