Assalam Aleykum Dreamers!!
Funny thing that happened in my life, society and environment class (fancy way of saying biology class),our lecturer asked us a philosophical question...how do you know that you living life and actually going about with your daily chores is not actually a dream? How do you know you're not really dreaming?
And there was dead silence as everyone keenly pondered upon this intensely stupefying
question. Meanwhile I was busy wondering why these people around me were thinking so much about something so simple. This life is a dream.
Albert Einstein once said "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
I reckon that falsehood repeated so many times eventually starts to be deemed as truth. The classic tactic used by most politicians, if not all. But that is the truth. This world is a dream. A lie. An illusion. Reality begins when the angel of death comes knocking at our door.
In the Holy Quran,Allah (Sw) tells us:
The life of this world is but a sport and a past time.Surely the Home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear God.Will you not understand? (6:32)
The life of this world is nothing but sport and a diversion.It is the life of the Hereafter which is the only true life,if they but knew it. (29:64)
The life of this world is only a game, a pastime,but if you believe and are mindful of God,He will recompense you and will not ask you for your wealth. (47:36)
Never forget that the life of this world is only a game and a passing delight, a show, and mutual boasting and trying to out rival each other in riches and children.It is like the growth of vegetation after the rain,which delights the planter,but which then withers away,turns yellow and becomes worthless stubble.In the life to come there will be a terrible punishment,or God's forgiveness and approval: the life of this world is nothing but means of deception. (57:20)
But the truth is, we are such forgetful beings. One minute we are filled with an eeman rush that makes us feel like we can do anything for the sake of Allah sw and the next we're immersed in sins that continuously haunt us and remind us of how weak we really are.
Sometimes you do want to forget and live in the moment. But lets not sell our hereafter for a mere 60 or 70 years. If we even get to live that long. Sometimes it does get too much and takes a toll on us. Makes us think that we just can't do it. That we'll never be good enough. But that is the devil and his whispering. Fight it.
All I can say, is make dua. Always. In all ways. Remind yourself everyday all day. Put posters in your room. Notes in your diary. Reminders on your phone. Watch the right things and lower your gaze. In shaa Allah Allah sw will give all of us the strength to carry on and will reward us abundantly for our efforts. Ameen.