THE CRICKET
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THE CRICKET

 

Allah Ta’ala says:

 

"Whosoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him increase in his reward, and whosoever desires the reward of this world , We give him thereof  and he has no portion in the Hereafter"[Suratus Shoora, Verse:20] 

 

It is an undisputable fact that we are in an age of materialism and consumerism at its very peak where almost every message advocates either directly or indirectly, self-indulgence, self-gratification and giving in to every inner base whim and desire, it is hard to resist and ignore these messages and voices. On the other hand the messages of selflessness, self-sacrifice and resisting and supressing these base desires which bring about a degree of Godliness are also there but have become background voices drowned by the former predominant message. Of course we need to choose which message we want to hear and heed to and which message we want to ignore. It is our very own choice which only we can make.

A man and his friend were in a city, walking through the street. It was during the lunch hour and almost every alley and street was filled with people. Cars were blowing their horns, taxis were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the man said to his friend, "I hear a cricket." 
His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!" 
"No, I'm sure of it," the man said, "I heard a cricket." 
"That's crazy," said the friend.
 

The man listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed. "That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!" 
"No," said the man. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for." 
"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this noise." 
"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty meters turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
 "See what I mean?" asked the man.
 "It all depends on what's important to you."

 

We all have been created for a purpose which is quite clearly outlined in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam which is none other than worshipping Allah Ta’ala. This was the message brought by every messenger of Allah Ta’ala and this is the most important message of life. Every other message in view of this one becomes of secondary importance. In this day and age this is the message that most of us have forgotten or become oblivious to only because we have given preference and importance to the other messages which dominate the world we live in.
 

It is time to focus our attention and minds on the more important aspects of life! We need to

Pay close attention and heed to what our religious scholars and elders say. We need to tune our ears, minds and hearts and look for that ‘cricket’ and only then would be our lives be regarded as meaningful and well –lived in the sight of our Creator Allah Ta’ala.

 

A person who focuses his attention on pleasing Allah Ta’ala and preparing for the life after death will have this world brought to his feet! On the other hand hankering after the world and pursuing it fiercely like most today is only a wild goose chase!

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