بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
وَلِكُلٍّ وِجْهَةٌ هُوَ مُوَلِّيهَا فَاسْتَبِقُواْ الْخَيْرَاتِ أَيْنَ مَا تَكُونُواْ يَأْتِ بِكُمُ اللّهُ جَمِيعًا إِنَّ اللّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ – 2:148
“For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces. So race to [all that is] good. Wherever you may be, Allah will bring you forth [for judgement] all together. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – 2:148]
What is my special direction in Life?
The main focus of a
Believer should be the betterment of his or her Akhirah and to seek the pleasure of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). However, we have the element of nisyaan (forgetfulness) in our nature and get overwhelmed by the world and its material contents and forget the purpose of our existence to worship our Rabb.
As I take account of my day and my life, I realize at this point in time my children are very important and can be called the focus of my life.
Their well being, betterment and taking care of them takes up most of my time. My conversation is incomplete without their mention and my thoughts always trail back to some aspect of their upbringing. So what does this mean in light of the Verse 148 of Surah Al-Baqarah?
First and foremost it’s good to do a self-analysis like this
frequently to shift gears and re-focus the Wijhah back to where it should be for a Believer and that is to the Worship and seek the pleasure of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى).
Secondly, the important thing to remember is that any material thing that becomes the main focus of our lives, be it our kids, careers or our houses are in fact blessings of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) and we should not show ingratitude by being negligent of them or abandoning them. The real test is then to be able to give each their right.
For a mother, the test is how
she is able to balance the worldly life by raising children as well as prepare ourselves and them for the next world. We need to show gratitude at the three levels namely of the heart, tongue and the limbs in order to give the true Haq of all that we have been blessed with by our Creator (سبحانه و تعالى). For example, recently I have started to refrain from complaining about the hard work I have to put in for my children (especially in the absence of any help). This effort that I put in is a great favor from my Lord and how could I even begin to react negatively to it?
Moreover, we can make our acts a form of ibadah (worship) by rectifying our intentions. Figuring this out will actually help in bringing us closer to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) and His Deen too. What way do I bring up my children? How much do I focus on their religious education? What effort to I make to raise them as true Muslims and true servants of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)? All of this can bring me closer to my true purpose in life. As per the part of the verse which is about running towards good deeds regardless of worldy occupation and pursuits, the doors to goodness are always open for a human and it is a matter of seeking opportunities, grabbing them promptly and putting in your best effort.
What is the ‘wijhah’ (direction) that I pursue? What am I naturally inclined towards? What do I rush around and go towards? And how can I use this ‘wijhah’ in a better direction to do good?
I believe that my ‘wijhah’ is going on to the computer, reading articles and looking up videos etc. One of the many ways I can try to make this ‘wijhah’ more towards doing good and pleasing Rabb, is that I can try to read more Islamic articles and watch Islamic videos, as well as listen to Islamic lectures. This will enable me to gain not just worldly knowledge but also Islamic knowledge.
The other way to use this ‘wijhah’ in a positive manner is to do Da’wah using social media sites such as Facebook or sending emails and even text messages. Spreading the Qur’anic verses, maybe with some explanation, and a small hadith are wonderful ways to share the beneficial knowledge. This would spread good
and our actions may influence others to learn and act on a command of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى).
Also, perhaps one can start a blog or join one that already exists, or join a website, and write down Islamic articles that benefit others, not just related to legal matters, but perhaps one idea could be to spread the detailed information of Mosques in the city, or locations and timings of various different Islamic lectures.
: a Case Study
Wijhah is a direction but I can say ” I have Wijhas.” Yikes! It sounds like a skin condition or a parasite. Before you run for the disinfectant, let me say that you and those around you also have “Wijhas.” It is an epidemic! But an isolation ward is not necessary. Why? My understanding is that these Wijhas can be good or bad. Basically the wijhah is the strong inclination within us towards doing a particular activity The thing you really go for if you have a spare moment or the thing that means you don’t have a spare moment because you spent a lot of time doing it instead is your Wijhah. Wijhah is your prime focus in life.
Mainly, I have two, Wijhain– in Arabic it can be used for dual! Really, I have many more but we will all get bored discussing each of them. Besides I have class work to do.
The first Wijhah is talking to my daughter. I am ready to skip a meal for some extra Skype time. We share this Wijhah till either she or I or both of us must go to do something more pressing. It is not all bad. In sha’Allah, Ma sh’Allah, Alhumdulillah, and Subhan’Allah, sprinkle our conversation. I tell her about my classes. She tells me about her halaqas, Qur’an classes, and Islamic Children’s Group. Of course we cover general topics: “What is for lunch/dinner, What got planted in the garden, What to do about some problem with the kids. These days our long conversations are limited to Sunday, with five minutes here or there through the week Alhamdulillah!
The second Wijhah is the Sudoku number puzzle and word jumble puzzle in the daily newspaper. I read the Karachi and Tribune sections (not much there so it is a quick read). Then it is puzzle time. I save the International news for later. These days even this Wijhah gets cut short do to lessons of my Qur’an class, Alhamdulillah!
I learn that when time is filled with beneficial things, our actions change, our focus changes and hence our wijhah changes for the better.
May all our ‘Wijhas’ be beneficial in this life and in the Hereafter. Aameen.