The modern materialistic, plastic and artificial society
By Nabila Nali
Morocco World News
Tangier, December 23, 2012
Today’s society is definitely different than it was in old times. Those times weren’t bombarded every day with television and radio commercials for everything from designer jeans and cars to the latest alcoholic beverage.
There is an outrageous desire to spend money just to outwardly demonstrate that one is wealthy – or at least, perceived to be wealthy. People want to fit in and that often means going beyond their comfort level of spending to do so.
That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.
Some of the things that are considered affluent include:
Being a member of a prestigious country club
Wearing designer clothes
Driving the ‘right’ automobile
Attending a private school
Living in an impressive neighborhood
Being a member of the right ‘click’
Attending the most recognized social events
Traveling to expensive destinations
These are all important goals for many people in today’s society. But if people would really stop and look, they may discover that these are not really their goals at all. They are goals that have been influenced and determined by someone else.
They are working hard to climb the ladder to success, but the ladder is leaning against the wrong building. They are working hard to cut down the tree, but the tree is in the wrong forest. They try and if they are unable to reach that standard they get frustrated and seek un-Islamic means.
According to Noble Qur’an, the Sources of our problems are four:
We strain our eyes in longing for the things which other people have, and forget our own bounties given by Allah and forget to enjoy them. Noble Qur’an says:
20:131) Nor strain your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to parties of them, the splendor of the life of this world, through which We test them: but the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring.
We complain so much about trivial pains and problems we face in this world, while forget the actual suffering we may face in the Hereafter due to our wrongdoings and negligence. We also forget to realize that actual pleasure is in fulfilling our duty to ease the sufferings of people around us. Noble Qur’an says:
(20:127) And thus do We recompense him who transgresses beyond bounds and believes not in the Signs of his Lord: and the Penalty of the Hereafter is far more grievous and more enduring.
We are so much after the conveniences and glitter of this world that we forget the core purpose of our life; which is a test with full of sufferings in order to obtain reward of PARADISE from our Lord in the Hereafter. Noble Qur’an says:
(28:60) The (material) things which you are given are but the conveniences of this life and the glitter thereof; but that which is with Allah is better and more enduring: will you not then be wise?
We take the life in the world as permanent and spend all our sources just building it as if death is for ‘somebody else and not me’, while we forget the fact that eternal life is that of Hereafter. We should always try for the best but if we can’t get there, we should accept that Allah(swt) knows better and be content.
But the Hereafter is better and more enduring. Let us stop complaining and enjoy and appreciate our life which is an investment for a blissful eternal life in the Hereafter. While doing so, we should not forget to care about the needy and the poor and do our best to build a more humanized society.