Material Depression

933730_happy_and_sad_moods_2.jpgAssalaamu- Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

If you look at Brendan O’ Neill’s article today on the BBC News website, you might find an interesting read…

He talks about the fact that even though we now have more ‘things’ in our possession than we did in the past, even though we have more items in our personal possession which indicate a life of luxury, the fact is that we are still as unhappy as ever – if not more.

To be quite honest, Mr O’Neill has hit upon a point which has always been a teaching of Islam – that material possessions will never make us happy. Indeed it is clearly stated in a Hadith (Tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that the real wealth is not in goods or possessions but true wealth is in the contentment of the heart.

So how do we achieve this contentment?

Well, for a Muslim, his or her life is (or should be!) filled with Zikr (Remembrance) of Allah and through that, contentment is achieved. And even in this day and age, even for the modern, professional Muslim, Zikr of Allah means a constant reminder of the life that is to come – the Akhirah (Hereafter).

In this way, instead of our hearts being filled with lust for the latest gadgets and single-minded worldly aspirations, the Believer strikes a balance between the two lives and learns to appreciate this life, in anticipation for the next.

And for all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims, it is high time that we took a minute to consider how immersed we are in our material possessions and take time out to discover or rediscover the spirituality that is inherent within each and every one of us.

If we find that we are not, then alhumdulillah (all Praises belong to Allah), keep up the good work. But if we find that we are, then we should remember how lucky we are to have these luxuries but how limited they are in being a source of happiness for us. In doing so, our minds and hearts will be freed from the narrowness of this world and will open up to the expanse of the Akhirah.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

Click here to read the article on the BBC News website.

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2 Responses to “Material Depression”

  1. The sky is my shelter, earth is my bedding, the feet of the beast is my transport and hunger is my food, yet there is no 1 in this world who is more contented than me.

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