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Allah compares man’s illusionary enjoyment to that of farmers as He explains that just as farmers delight to see their crops grow, this growth is temporal (as the crops will perish); similarly, as is this dunya is temporary, all our material possessions will disappear like straw flying away in the wind; only our deeds will stay with us, and our good deeds alone will please Allah, not our wealth. Thus a God-conscious mind and heart that desires to earn the pleasure of Allah will never allow itself to be controlled by this materialistic dunya.
We are made to believe that this dunya is, in fact, the greatest place to be. The media bombards us with fallacious images of a flawless life and we foolishly adopt the worthless values that it sells. Islam, however, detaches a believer’s mind from the material aspects of this transient world and denounces submission to worldly desires such as the desire to own a Ferrari or to emulate (or rather worship) famous actors like Brad Pitt or Catherine Zeta-Jones. This feeble mentality can be compared to Cypher’s attitude when he asks Agent Smith to put him back into the Matrix because he wants to be “rich…you know, someone important, like an actor.” Islam on the other hand condemns such futile thinking and reminds believers that this life is temporary and a better abode awaits them in the hereafter.
Prophet Muhammad (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Be in this life like a stranger or a traveler.” This saying reminds believers that our stay is temporary in this dunya and that we should thus live like travelers, taking only those (good deeds) we need to get to our desired destination—Paradise. Mankind can easily get caught up and lost in this dunya and forget that there is a much bigger reason behind this life. In this sense, the world that we live in is like the Matrix and Islam exposes us to the reality.
Choosing Islam may be difficult for those who cannot see beyond the illusions of this dunya, but it is an easy choice for those who comprehend the message of Islam. No one said that life in this dunya was going to be easy; it is ultimately a test that will decide our status in the hereafter. This test is similar to the test that Morpheus challenges Neo within The Matrix. As Morpheus presents Neo with the two pills, he explains: “Take the blue pill, story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe; take the red pill, stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…all I am offering is the truth, nothing but the truth.” The blue pill is the easy way out because, as Cypher proclaims, “Ignorance is bliss”; but the red pill is the truth that will help Neo escape the deceitful Matrix. This red pill is like Islam, as it exposes us to the truth behind this illusionary world. Morpheus avows, “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one who has to walk through it.”
Likewise, Allah has blessed us with Islam as the quintessential source of guidance to the truth. It is up to us to choose the right pill. For full post and comments, click here..