Get the most out of life with the most basic reminder of our very existence.
As you read this sentence, a few seconds of your life have been ticking away. They’re gone for good. Even if you are willing to pay good money to get them back, you can’t. Life is precious in every sense of the word because it is composed of strings of seconds, all of which in themselves are priceless.
The limited supply of time in our lives makes the idea of living life to its fullest capacity appealing for many of us. Some people try to accomplish this goal by creating a “bucket list” – a list of places to visit or things to do before they die.
But in truth, these endeavours to maximise our fleeting existence on this Earth will be in vain if one does not possess knowledge of life’s true purpose. After all, why seek thrills, amass wealth or conquer the peak of a mountain when you end up dead anyway? In order to live life to its fullest capacity, what we could try first is to understand why we are given life in the first place.
The purpose of life is stated beautifully in the Quran in the following verse:
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56)
To worship Allah, and nothing else. This is the reason why we are given the opportunity to breathe and live life in all its glory. Whether our burning passion is to create art, save lives or travel the world, every action we do, whether small or large, is meant for Allah alone. This is why, before we start an activity, we invoke Allah’s name with Bismi-llah-irrahman-irrahim (in the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful).
But as humans, it is in our nature to err. So when the thrills and sparkles of life lead us astray, what should we do? As morbid as it sounds, the most potent way to remind us of life’s true values is by remembering death. When people are well aware that death could come at any given moment, they will come to realise the true preciousness that every day brings. They will make the best out of it, as though it were their last day on Earth.
So perhaps, after all, we can learn a few things from it: don’t be afraid to pursue your true calling, because no mission is impossible in this life. We may not have a Stunt performer to do our risky moves in real life, but we have Allah to protect us. What else do we need?