Jealous much? Lol Don’t be surprised, that’s not my car. 😀 I don’t have a Lamborghini either. Nor do I have a Porsche or a Corvette. But I’ve seen these and many others I don’t even know the names of (that’s how I got the picture. I mean who doesn’t get fascinated by sports cars?). Not in a showroom or any car exhibition but on the road. It’s obvious, I know. You don’t expect the rich owners of these lavish cars to lock them up in their garage?
But I just don’t get it. How can one possibly spend tens of thousands of dollars on just a car. Besides, most of these expensive cars are convertibles which are two seaters (that means you can’t even take your family on a long drive?). They look all good and smart on the road, the design especially the doors, it’s fascinating to see how the doors flip up instead of out, their speed, everything. The owners spend so much on modifying these cars, as if they weren’t already so attractive. Tinted glasses, neon lights, rims, tattoos and stcikers, tyres, and all sorts of crazy stuff. I don’t know if you know about this, but you even get something that makes your car jump up and down. Lol like how some cars can do weird stunts, yknow? That’s what I’m talking about. I think it’s called hydraulics.
Owning one of these cars is obviously a big deal. And people who buy a sports car and then spend on upgrading and modifying it must feel really proud of it. Possessing something rare and exclusive creates a feeling of power and superiority in the person. They have something most others don’t. And they know it.
Fourteen centuries ago even they were about to have something. Something they had lost. Their home. Nothing could hold them back. And they knew it. The Muslim army marched towards Makkah led by the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), who was riding his camel. A black turban on his head, and his head lowered in abject humility to Allah. The Ameerul mumineen, the Prophet of Allah, the leader, the caliph, had bent forward so far; humility reflecting in his features, that his beard almost touched the back of his mount (Al Ghazzali, Fiqh us-Seerah, p414). SubhanAllah! The conquest of Makkah was the biggest victory in the history of Islam. After being heartlessly evicted from their homes, and spending painful years on a foreign land, the Muslims were returning home stronger and more confident. The Prophet and his companions had a reason to feel proud, a greater reason than owning a luxury car. But what did he do instead? He did not show any pride whatsoever. Not a bit. Rather he was grateful to Allah for this victory and the more he thought about the past sufferings the more he bowed down in humility.
Allah, Azza was Jal says in the Qur’an that
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you (muttaqun – pious). Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
We love this life and everything it is sugar coated in. But the truth is that no matter what we possess, mansions or expensive cars, the most precious thing is life itself. And how we live it. How we spend our time on this earth matters because that’s basically what we’re being tested in.
Also, it’s not bad to have an expensive car (provided you have the money to buy one and don’t go around robbing houses), but you should always be grateful to Allah and most importantly be humble. Pride even the size of a mustard seed is not good for your soul (hadith). So be careful. Don’t let anything of this world distract you from your main purpose in life which is the worship of Allah.
Remember me in your du’as!
This post is a part of the Five Pictures, Five Stories Challenge given to me by peaceloveanunity. I totally lovee her blog! Amazing poetry and photography. Masha’Allah. Allahumma baarik laha. Don’t forget to check her blog out.
P.S: Can you spot the pun in the title? 😉
Aaaand I nominate Abd!