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If we study Islam and try to understand it without any prior prejudice, we will reach the conclusion that Islam is not a man-made religion. It is a religion which has been granted to humanity as a gift by its Creator who knows the needs of human beings. He made Islam in complete harmony with the nature of man. And we see that whosoever practices Islam perfectly, finds him in the perfect state of inner happiness and tranquility.
Muslims believe in Allah and they believe that he is All-knowing and All-seeing. Nothing is out of his knowledge and sight. It is because of this belief that a true Muslim refrains from committing a sin. If his Nafs stimulates him to infringe the right of any other human being, his belief reminds him of Allah The All-knowing who is watching him. And in this way, his beliefs save him from the attack of Satan.
On the other hand, the blind followers of modern culture who always chase the world and its pleasures are often found to be unmindful of their Creator. They are oblivious to the fact that Allah is always watching them and that they will be asked about each and every action of theirs on the Day of Judgment.
Almighty Allah has bestowed countless blessings upon us. Our life, our youth, our wealth and every breath we take is a blessing. But never forget that on the Day of Judgment we will be asked about all these blessings. A Hadith says:
“The feet of the son of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Judgment, until he is asked about five things: about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew” – (Tirmidhi)
If one asks, “What is the remedy to the disease of negligence? How can a modern man come out of the influence of modern culture?” The answer is Islam. The following hadith will be beneficial in this regard. “Value five things before five: Youth before old age, health, before illness, wealth before deprivation, leisure before busyness and life before death.” Another thing which has driven the modern man mad is wealth. In this culture, wealth is an end in itself. A time comes when they have wealth but they have lost everything else. In the end, we find them in a deplorable state where this greed leaves them broken and exhausted.
Islam does not like this kind of attitude. In Islam wealth is just a means out of many for attaining the pleasure of Allah. Islam does not like a person who madly pursues wealth and ends up in the whirls of greed. A Hadith says:
“The Messenger of Allah, said, “If the son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would want to have two valleys. Nothing fills his mouth but the dust of the grave, yet Allah will accept whoever repents to him.”
And verily Allah knows the best.
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