When someone asks the general group of students, “What is the main problem with youngsters of today, in an Islam understanding?” – What are the most common answers?
These are probably the most common answers anyone will ever get, but are these the actual problems? They are really not, they are all the result of a bigger problem: weaknesses in one’s imaan. I am not implying that my imaan is on spot, definitely not! Everyone has problems in their imaan, your imaan fluctuates; protecting it from the lowest levels is what matters. And Allaah subhana wa t’Alaa made it so easy for us, the only one thing that literally takes you out of the folds of Islaam is shirk.
Why do we become so vulnerable to the life of this dunya when we know it is the shortest travel of our lives? As Allaah azza wa jal stated in the Qur’aan, Surah Al-Baqarah Ayah 86:
Those are the ones who have bought the life of this world [in exchange] for the Hereafter, so the punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be aided.
We know what is to come after but yet we cave in to the short pleasures of this world acknowledging the haram that accompanies it. The dreamland, which is this life has successfully kept us hypnotized with all the shiny glittery stuff handed straight to us and with Shaytaan’s deceitful whispering in our ears constantly – do we forget that other voice we hear telling us to go against those deceitful word. That other voice is the helping voice given to us by our Rabb; He appointed everyone an angel who whispers good when the Shayateen whisper bad.
Why were we created? The answer to that question is what puts everything in perspective, and Allaah subhana wa t’Alaa clearly and explicitly states the purpse in the Qur’aan, Surah Adh-Dhariyaat, Ayah 56:
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.
It does not get clearer than that. This does not imply that Allaah expects you to pray 24/7 – there are millions and millions of forms of worship. The easiest and most pleasing one is doing everything for the sake of Allaah alone. Keeping your intentions cleaned and renewing them.
This life is not everything; in fact it is nothing. Anything in this life that takes us away from our main purpose of life is bad for our imaan, and whatever brings us to our purpose of life is good.
Build your relationship with Allaah, learn about His deen – because, how do you possibly build a relationship with someone if you do not know anything about them?