Oh! What A Tangled Web!

Safia Kemal 

مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْلِيَاء كَمَثَلِ الْعَنكَبُوتِ اتَّخَذَتْ بَيْتًا وَإِنَّ أَوْهَنَ الْبُيُوتِ لَبَيْتُ الْعَنكَبُوتِ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

“The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.”
[Al Qur’an-Surah Ankabut: 41]

As the summer sets in, lawn hits the market, with lawn exhibitions being the most recent trend. It seems everyone in Pakistan has come up with their own label and started their own textile mill!

These days many lawn exhibitions are taking place. The city is flooded with billboards inviting us to them, and the exhibitions looks so inviting! I am tempted to go to each one just to see. “My intention is not to buy,” I tell myself. But I would like to just see the designs and the clothes.

I realize instantly, this is a trap! It will lead me nowhere. I will end up spending money and doing israaf (extravagance). I will waste time. I will push and shove into the craziness of the cycle, exactly what Shaitan wants me to do to be lured into the web.

So Alhamdulillah, usually for the most part, I am aware of what is going on around me. When my nafs (soul) wants to answer the call of the Shaitan, I tell it to “shhh” down and stay focused!

I will not let myself get tangled in this web of the duniya (world). I do not want to be the one frantically trying to brush the cobweb off my clothes and to no avail.

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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2 Responses to Oh! What A Tangled Web!

  1. samarhasan85 says:

    Alhamdulillah! The Quran opens our eyes to so many things that otherwise would’ve been a very normal part of our lives. Lawn being just one of them, materialism is creeping into our houses and our minds from everywhere! Everyone wants the newest phone, the newest car, the clothes, jewellery, furniture, etc. etc. The more you get into it, the more it pulls you in. Some of it may be ok when it’s needed but all else leads to major israaf and wasting time, money and effort on something thats not worth it!
    And at the end of the day even when you have it all, there’s no aim in life or thought of the akhirah.
    May Allah Guide us all, Ameen.

    • Mariam says:

      That’s true Samar!
      Another drawback of indulging in such activities is forgetting your real purpose of existance! Life for a true believer isn’t just ‘eat, drink and be merry’- this world is Dar ul Amal and the next is Dar ul Jaza! Each one of us needs to analyze what our priorities are! May Allah grant us all wisdom to be content with Allah’s decree. Ameen.

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