People will sacrifice sleep to be successful in this world, but won’t sacrifice sleep to be successful in the next world.
When a sheikh asked someone he knows, how is your relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla? He replied with enthusiasm it is good! I don’t smoke, I don’t sleep with other women and I don’t drink… the shaykh replied, who are you comparing yourself to? The non Muslim?
As Muslim’s we should always aspire to be like the Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) his companions, his wives and the next generation to follow them. These people are our role models, they show us how to be good Muslims. If we were to compare ourselves to them, we would realise our relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla is not perfect, we have to strive every day to make it better, to be better.
One of the best ways to do this is through prayer, Allah says,
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]”
I’m not just talking about our five daily prayers. This is conclusive, this is what makes you Muslim. Extra prayers, sunnah prayers. Try to do atleast an extra 2 rakka’s each day which won’t take you longer than 1 minute.
Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) said, “The two Rakka’s of the sunnah of Fajr are better than the world and all it contains.”
There is so much pressure to fit in that we forget that we were born to stand out. ‘Get a mortgage on that house, after all, how else are you going to afford it? Get a student loan that you’ll pay off the rest of your life, everyone’s doing it. Take a bank loan, you really need it to get married…‘ So many things we need, require money and many of us are joining in even though it’s one of the major sins of Islam. Riba/Interest will never be ok under any circumstances. Instead of looking for an easy way out, work harder. Live a less extravagant lifestyle. Sacrifice. Sacrifices are tough, but when you do it for the sake of Allah knowing that Allah’s reward awaits you, that makes it all the more worth it. After all, no matter how wealthy you are, you cannot buy peace of mind & contentment. That can only be granted by Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
Our Prophet (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) would never allow even one Dinar or one Dirham to remain in his house and if it was with him overnight, he salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam would go out to look for any needy person to give it to. He would not save or keep money in his house. The only thing that he would keep in his house was the provision of his family for a whole year such as barley and dates.
“Don’t stress over the obstacles you face in life. The Almighty can turn them into opportunities. Carry on with your life but know that He is in control.”
– Mufti Ismail Menk