Have you ever pondered why are you here? Have you ever thought about why people die? Have you ever thought what happens after somebody dies?
You are here for a purpose. People die to live eternal life. People put through results to get shortlisted for either good or bad.
Your this life is actually connected to hereafter life. On the day of judgement, you and I will be presented to Allah. We will be asked about what we have done in our entire life. Accordingly, those who would do good will be sent to paradise and those who would do bad will go to hell. Remember, when you die you can not do anything. You will not get another chance at all.
That is why we are here to prepare ourselves for success i.e. to get paradise. The below Quranic verses is evident to the same.
“And those who believe and do good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they dwell therein forever” [Quran, 2:82].
“Those who have disbelieved and died in disbelief, the earth full of gold would not be accepted from any of them if it were offered as a ransom. They will have a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers” [Quran, 3:91].
It is unfortunate to see that we give so much importance to this life even though we know that no material gain will not help us on the day of judgement. We crave and work hard for expensive cars, a luxurious house which is known as “materialistic life”.
Materialistic life gives us nothing but pleasure that remains with us for a very short time. This pleasure some time fades or vanish depending upon whether our desires are being accomplished or not.
For Instance, you have Maruti Suzuki car. Now you desire for Mercedes-Benz cars. If you get it you are happy for some time. Because you will ultimately get bored of the car you have. If you don’t get it you are irked. You curse yourself for the unfulfilled desires.
That is how materialistic life treats you. It gives you happiness for a short period of time if you fulfil its desires. If you don’t it will give you sadness and some time depression too.
But, how can materialistic life give us depression?
A study was done by Jo-Ann Tsang, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, TX and her team. They assessed 246 individuals from a marketing department of a university who were an average age of 21.
The participants were asked to complete a 15-minute online survey that measured materialism, gratitude, need satisfaction and life satisfaction.
The survey revealed some staggering facts. The survey says those who rated low on gratitude and high on need satisfaction were more likely to be materialistic and less satisfied with life.
One of the researchers James Roberts, of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, says, “As we amass more and more possessions, we don’t get any happier, we simply raise our reference point.”
“That new 2,500-square-foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house. We continue to purchase more and more stuff but we don’t get any closer to happiness,” he added further.
Okay, I get it. But how come materialistic life destroy hereafter life?
It is very simple to understand. We run after the material gain in our lives until we die thinking this is the only way to a happy and peaceful life. We do not find peace and happiness in spiritual life. We fail to understand that peace and happiness are not in a luxurious life, but in obeying Allah. Worshiping Allah.
Norman Vincent Peale the author of “The Power Of Positive Thinking” writes in his book that happiness and peace are in prayer and surrendering to the creator God.
You might be thinking that we need money to live this life because nothing comes without money. Yes, I agree with you. But, for this, we only need money to fulfill our needs. Remaining life and efforts are for the preparation of hereafter life.
It is a myth that without an expensive car and luxurious house happiness and cannot be achieved. In reality, it is the other way around as the research shows above. If we desire less we can achieve it and feel great about it. Moreover, we will stop running after material gain and we will spend time in prayer.
What’s more, we will have more time with family and friends which gives us happiness and peace.
As the proverb says, “health is wealth”. Where does health come from?
It does not come from money, but from a peaceful, happy and satisfactory life. This does not come from running after materialistic life.
Stop running after material gain. Analyse whether your desire for material gain is deviating you from preparing for hereafter life or not. If it is then you have to calculate your requirements and then work accordingly.
Do not destroy your eternal life just for the sake of this life that even you do not know how long you will live in this life.