TRY TO KNOW YOURSELF BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
“Who is better in speech than the one who calls towards The All Mighty; does good deeds and says: I am a Muslim” (Surah Fussilat: 33)
One fact we learn over and over again, from our own personal experiences, and from others, is that no amount of worldly pleasure, fame, and fortune, brings internal happiness without a higher purpose in one’s life. And that higher purpose can only be the worship of Allah.
Robin Williams had it all: an amazing acting career, awards, world fame, wealth, and everything one could want of this life. He made all of us laugh in public, even as he himself in private was internally sad and depressed. We will never fully understand what was going on inside of him and what internal demons he was battling, but it is a lesson for all of us: life without purpose is not a fulfilling life. This world and all that it possesses will only bring temporary satisfaction – it is only Islam that makes one feel fulfilled and productive.
Allah says, “Whoever does good deeds, male or female, while having faith – that is the one We shall bless with a sweet life (hayat tayyiba).”
Alhamdulillah for the blessing of Islam! And May Allah grant us all sweet and fulfilling lives!!!
HAMZA ANDREAS TZORTZIS
The eleventh century scholar Al-Ghazali in his book “The Alchemy of Happiness” writes: There is nothing closer to you then yourself. If you don’t know yourself, how will you know others? You might say, “I know myself”, but you are mistaken….The only thing you know about yourself is your physical appearance. The only thing you know about your inside is that when you are hungry you eat, when you are angry, you fight, and when you are consumed by passion, you make love. In this regard you are equal to any animal. You have to seek the reality within yourself….What are you? Where have you come from and where are you going? What is your role in the world? Why have you been created? Where does your happiness lie? If you would like to know yourself….the reality of your existence is in your inwardness. Everything is a servant of your inward heart.” [Reference: Kimiya-yi Sa'ādat (The Alchemy of Happiness)]