"People of intelligence seek their benefit in this life and secure their eternal benefit."
- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
That's indeed a wise saying to remind us that it need not be one or the other, this world or the hereafter. It should be both, simultaneously. So, let's seek the worldly benefits and secure our eternal benefits at the same time.
I got a little disturbed when knowledgeable people (who have constant access to the shuyukh) judge people who "go on holiday just to escape". I think we should be broad-minded and be wary of our negative assumptions for we know not what the intentions of the holiday-makers are. It is quite likely that they go on a holiday with their families as a sign of gratitude for Allah's blessings on them. They spend in a good way to make their parents/families happy. They must have good intentions. What do you know about their intentions? What do you think they are "escaping" from? They are just spending quality moments with their loved ones - and that is ibadah too. As musafir they could be making salawat constantly and making du'a. We should mind our own business and be grateful for our own circumstances.
Let's not be too quick to judge people who may appear to be worldly as those who are lacking behind in the akhirah-scoring. They might be benefiting from both - this life and the eternal, having a good time in the process, whereas you are stuck with your not-necessarily-right opinion.
Peace & Chill!
|Super excited to resume my Quran lesson after|
a longgg break.
"God does not love us because we are good.
God will make us good because He loves us."