“So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of God is true.”
We live in an age and a culture where immediate gratification is on peoples minds. We are a people who want immediacy of gratification. That causes us to lose the true value of those desires. If those things we want take too much time or any form of a long process, we avoid that. We waste money, daily, while there remain on this earth, other people who are left in poverty and suffering.
If we desire information, we go to our personal computers and at the click of a mouse, the information is displayed immediately, books no longer hold value. If we desire food, we go to our kitchen, with the touch of another button, immediately we eat, cooking has become archaic.
In this modern time, we, as a society, have forgotten the values of which this country was founded. (U.S.A.) “One nation, Under God”. God no longer exists in our culture. Again, this is a result of our desires for immediate gratification. With Allah in our daily lives, our laws, our ethics and our morals, we must follow some limits on our ‘instant gratification’, but our society has come to believe our freedom should be most important, even more important than morality. We should be free to worship, if we choose,. Live a moral and upstanding life, if we choose. Operate an ethical business, if we choose.
For those of us who remember Allah in everything we do, there will be instant gratification, on the Day of Judgment, and everything in this life is but one moment in time, meant as a trial and a test. “You shall be certainly be tried and tested, in your possessions and in your personal selves; and you shall hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if you persevere patiently and guard against evil, then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.” [Surah ali’ Imran; 3: 185-186].
From instant Gratification, we lose the value of everything. Only through patience can we really understand the true value of those things.
If people could only understand about qadar (destiny), and the will of Allah, they would truly understand the meaning of patience. Allah has been patient with mankind for so long. But the truth is only Allah understands and knows the overall outcome of our society and their ‘instant gratification’. Through patience, we learn tolerance, and development of the most important characterizes a person can have. Everything is brought forth in this life, from the will of Allah, predestined, and only Allah knows all. If we can remember that Allah will permit what he wants, change whatever he wants and only Allah can know what is written in our future.
“Allah is He Who created seven heavens, and of the earth the like of them; the decree continues to descend among them, that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah indeed encompasses all things in His knowledge.”(Talaq 65:12)