Pious people always maintain a balance in life. They do not inconsistently decide their tasks. They do not get carried away with situations. They are careful with their thoughts, intentions and activities. They are goal and objective oriented. They are sincere. They value time. They value life. They strive on the path of Allah Taala with care, zeal, hope and fear. They are determined to pursue the satisfaction of their Lord. They are not lazy, rather very careful in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. They are always seeking the guidance and support of Allah Taala to gain success in the world and afterlife. Their supplication is in the Qur’an (the dua of Sayiduna Yusuf AM):
فَاطِرَ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ أَنتَ وَلِيِّۦ فِي ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَٱلۡأٓخِرَةِۖ تَوَفَّنِي مُسۡلِمٗا وَأَلۡحِقۡنِي بِٱلصَّٰلِحِينَ
Meaning: O the Creator of the heavens and the Earth, You are my guardian in this world and the Hereafter. Make me die a Muslim and make me join the righteous.” [Sura Yusuf: 101]
Prioritizing our tasks is very important. Having a routine in life would help us organize. If we are frantically working, there is less return. On the other hand, if we are doing a few things with firm determination, having set objectives and goals, sincerely and regularly, with good intentions, there is bright hope to attain success.
This world is mixed up with friends and foes, good and evil, war and peace, tranquility and struggle. Negligence in good-selection would easily lead us to intermingle with the tribulations and lose.
In order to test man, the Creator of man has created both good and evil. On the other hand, the Creator has provided man with enormous capabilities. Moreover, the Creator has guided man through Messengers. If man wrongly utilizes time, energy and wealth, he fails. If man utilizes these in righteous ways, he gains. Our task is to pursue the righteous and keep on seeking divine support through supplication. Good intention, respective effort and supplication are the keys to success.
With a very short span of life, man has to decide his destiny – the eternal living place in the afterlife. Either it would be of infinite peace, or of infinite woe. Every task accomplished in this world would either fetch a reward or some punishment or it would be found worthless in the afterlife.
Every day should be, therefore, counted in terms of “the result and return” in the afterlife, which could be either positive or negative. In addition, do remember – every little good deed is valuable and every little bad deed is dangerous! Therefore, never neglect or underestimate a good deed. Do it whenever the opportunity comes. And never intend to sin, be how little it may appear! Immediately do Tawba and accomplish a good deed to compensate.
Life is like a melting-ice – melting up quickly; get it utilized for good. Allah Taala warns:rat
أَفَحَسِبۡتُمۡ أَنَّمَا خَلَقۡنَٰكُمۡ عَبَثٗا وَأَنَّكُمۡ إِلَيۡنَا لَا تُرۡجَعُونَ ١١٥
Meaning: So did you think that We created you for nothing and that you will NOT be brought back to Us?” [Sura Mu’minoon: 115]