This dunya has got us seriously confused. It has turned us against each other and made us feel as though we are all competing. There is no competition in getting that high flying job, getting the first Merc, getting married before all your mates and going on a honeymoon before your close ones. There is no competition in finally settling down and having kids. It is not a race of credit cards or bank balances. It is not a competition about who has the best hair, eyebrows and clothes. It is not about who is the most prettiest and the most photogenic. It isn’t about who is the most gangster and the one who is the most hench. It isn’t a race about who has the most properties and the most boys behind him. It does not matter if it is a one bedroom flat, a terrace house, a semi-dettached or a mansion with a swimming pool. It does not even matter how much fame you can get off Facebook, Twitter, Insta or SnapChat. Allah blessed us with so much talent, yet for some reason we decide to waste our lives on the most trivial of things.
Sit down, take a breath and leave the rat race for a moment and just focus on things that really count. Things like, “How do I get close to Allah? How do I get forgiven? Am I happy? Do I feel content? Am I satisfied? Have I become a better person compared to five years ago? Is God pleased with me? How will I please the Prophet? What will be my state in the akhirah when I finally gaze upon him?” - These are the real things that count.
— Shaykh Mohammad Aslam