Saturday, December 16, 2006


My friend had an interview a short while back; an interview which I believe was fairly easy and straightforward in achieving results. He was given a paper with possible questions that would be presented to him which he was to provide answers for.

Obviously, life isn’t always that simple and there would be other questions asked from him which were not mentioned on the paper he received. However, with the interview time being limited, I would have thought that providing good answers would leave him with limited time for questions that were not on the paper.

Well, I met my friend the day before and I was astonished to see that he was relaxing in his room with no concern about his interview. When I asked him regarding this he simply replied “it’s okay, I’ll be fine”.

I found it to be quite funny as well as disturbing that he was hoping to achieve results without having done any work or preparation for that result.


In life there are many things that we aim to achieve yet we fail to plan and exercise effort in achieving this.

The example of this foolishness is the example of a person who intends to travel south but takes the road that leads to the north.

These are all worldly matters; I pondered over my friend’s attitude and realised that we sometimes have the same attitude in our religious affairs:

الكيس من دان نفسه و عمل لما بعد الموت؛ و العاجز من اتبع نفسه هواها و تمني علي الله

“The intelligent person is he who subdues his desires and works for that which comes after death; and the foolish person is he who follows his desire and has (vain) hopes in Allah”
[Sunan Tirmidhi]

A person who pursues his desires and does what his heart desires then hopes for the mercy and favours of Allah is a foolish person. It is important for an individual to understand what is required from him and then to make an effort in achieving, thereafter leaving it in the hands and of Allah.

May Allah give us all the inclination to control our desires and to become intelligent in the way Allah has shown us and not to be foolish by following our desires readily whilst having false hope in the mercy and forgiveness of Allah. Aameen.


forgotten friend said...

Jazakallahu khair maulana, a very interesting post...

Saj said...

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Jazak'Allah Khair for sharing this lesson filled post. It is so true and makes you wonder when you see this happening.

Aameen to the Dua's in the post.

Wasalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Anonymous said...


All posts relating to life at this present time. Jazakallah, it's helping me alot.

There's no point in thinking one's gna do good if there's no preparation right? Let's all make a firm intention to act upon the knowledge and whatever Allah has bestwoed upon us and Insha'ALlah we'll all face good results in the Akhirah.

Dua Me Yaad


Shabbir Bhai said...

Assalamu Alaykum,

My son is praying for you and we are all praying for you Moulana.

Wassalamu Alaykum

Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Forgotten Friend

Jazakallah for stopping by and for the comments. Please do remember me specifically in your Du'as.

Sister Saj

Jazakallah for your comment. Indeed it is a thought provoking matter. May Allah give us all the true understanding. Aameen.


Jazakallah for your comments. It is pleasing to know that the posts are helping you. I pray to Allah that they prove to be a form of guidance for me first, and then for all the readers. Aameen.

Shabbir Uncle

Jazakallah for passing by and leaving a comment. Youre Du'as are appreciated as much as you comments and keeping me in your thoughts.

Please do remember me in your Du'as.