“…do not forget to pursue your share of this world” (Surah Al-Qasas Qur’an, S28 V77)
In all my years, I can never remember any of the Ulema telling us not to forget our share of the world – it’s always the hereafter that we should worry about.
Yes I know, this lifetime is a but a blink in comparison to eternity in the akhira, but why do we focus on the afterlife, and not give any credence to the here and now, is it asking too much to have both?
For me, this is borne out of one of the principles of life and that is the doctrine of determinism which modern day Muslims have interpreted in a way which runs counter to the Quranic spirit.
We have been taught to depart from the correct Quranic understanding, with the advocates of this specious doctrine extolling the virtues of surrender and stagnation. For centuries it has been preached that each man’s life is not the result of striving and planning but is predetermined so that man cannot affect its outcome.
The Muslim mindset generally falls into one of the following camps:
I will make the effort and the results are in my hands
I will make no efforts and the results are in Allah’s hands
These are both diseased attitudes.
The legacy of the Blessed Prophets was that they applied themselves to the Nth degree and THEN relied on Allah Az’Wajjal.
Make your intentions and muster your best efforts, to the very best of your abilities whilst knowing the results are in Allah’s hands: that’s the balanced attitude.
Work towards your goals within this life and for the Akhira, as The Quran calls for the reasonable satisfaction of all wants. It does not tolerate self-deprivation any more than it tolerates indulgence and license.
The true Quranic spirit as taught to us by Allah’s Messenger SAW is that of Siratul Mustaqeem, follow the middle path in life.