بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا
It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.[Al-Quran – Surat Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces): 36]
As I ponder over this ayah, I feel guilty and conscious of the choices I make everyday in my life. How often do I give precedence to dunya over the Hereafter?
For instance, when I hear the adhaan (call for prayer), my first response is, “I need to leave everything that I am doing and first go and offer my prayers.” But unfortunately, Shaitan overpowers me and incites with whispers, and I tell myself, “Let me just finish this little thing” and before I know it, I am finishing this thing and then moving on to the next thing and then the next, finally getting to my prayers just as the time is ending! As a result, my sujood (prostrations) are nothing but pecking of a hen and the entire salah without the true remembrance of Allah. As a result, I choose dunya over my Hereafter.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?” He said: “By not doing ruku’ and sujood properly.”
(Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 997).
I need to learn to prioritize and stop making excuses. May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) help me become a better, more obedient Muslim. Ameen!