Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.” – Ibn al-Qayyim
We can spend our days thinking about how to make the next dollar, or on marrying, or staying married. We can try to change the wrongs in the world, and put everything right. In the end.. there is no end to the “good we can do”.. but none of it is worth anything if it’s not with the intention of not satisfying ourselves, or providing for our personal needs in this dunya.. but only with the intention of pleasing Allah and worshipping Him..
Allah SWT says in the translated meaning “And I created not the jinns and mankind except that they should worship me”. .. No matter how busy we are.. if we are not doing everything we do as an act of worship.. as a means of pointing ourselves first and then those we talk to to Tawheed. the knowledge of the oneness of Allah… we are missing the purpose of our creation.. the purpose of our existence. Life is a test. nothing else. No matter what we are doing.. it’s a test. the good, the bad, the challenging.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of feeling that our efforts, our words, our actions bring about provision, or health etc.. but this is fundamentally denying one aspect of Tawheed.. that of Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Divine Lordship): means believing in Allaah as One and Unique with regard to His actions such as creation, sovereignty, control, giving life and death, and so on.
No matter what we are doing.. let’s focus only on the desire to worship Allah sWT through our actions and to seek his pleasure in them.. and never forget that all rizq.. all outcomes.. belong to Him alone. This knowledge will transform our relationships with others.. our marriages, our family life, our community life, our ummah and our world. It’s not about me.. it’s not about you .. it’s about HIM.
We will never be satisfied.. we will always go chasing for more and more.. unless our we are focused on it all being ibadah.. a means to an end.. that of worshipping our Lord.