BismilLaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Let’s continue from the first reminder. It is liberating to us from the tireless desire to seek approval and acceptance of others even if it’s against what’s right and against our own wellbeing. It is liberating because if we please Allah, He will descend incomparable feelings of relief, peace, serenity and happiness upon our hearts and make us content and make us perceive everything in a positive light.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said: “Whoever is focused only on this world, Allah will confound his affairs and make him fear poverty constantly, and he will not get anything of this world except that which has been decreed for him. Whoever is focused on the Hereafter, Allah will settle his affairs for him and make him feel content with his lost, and his provision and worldly gains will undoubtedly come to him.” [Sunan Ibn Majah].
This is what happens when one is focused on/connected with His Creator. Not knowing the Creator, however, means one doesn’t have a sense of direction in life. At the end of the day, we all belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. Qur’an: 2:156.
No one lives forever. At some point in life, one would think: what’s after death? This idea might be depressing for some, but it could also be a source of joy and relief for others because they know this life is not the end. The Next life is an extension to our life here, and meeting Allah, The Source of Existence, Source of Mercy, Beauty, Power, Might, Wisdom… should be something that we look forward to.
Whether we admit it or not, deep down, the soul always yearns for its Creator and thinks of its origin. Ultimate inner peace is found when this soul is adequately connecting with its Creator. If this connection is not found or established, then there will be a major void, darkness or emptiness that one feels which leads to depression. Even if one is indulging in material gains and successes now, after a while, this will be boring, it won’t be enough, satisfactory and it will never fill the void.
No one can be completely in peace not knowing what will happen to them after death. Even if they claim otherwise. This is why it’s a major injustice to not adequately know Allah, The Creator who created us and this life for a purpose.
True monotheism is essentially about adequately knowing our Creator, understanding ourselves and actualizing our purpose in life.
The first and primary advice, then, is to understand who you are, what you’re doing here and where you are going. This understanding gives a sense of focus, peace and direction; and this is the essence of True Monotheism. So as parents, it’s important to invest into our children to study these ways of life through the Quran and other teachings of Islam instead of investing solely for their worldly living ways of life.
May Allah keep guiding us all and protect us from any satanic influences. Aameen.