Ramadan 2022 - Juz 27 - The short life and preparation
وَفِى ثَمُودَ إِذْ قِيلَ لَهُمْ تَمَتَّعُوا۟ حَتَّىٰ حِينٍۢ ٤٣
فَعَتَوْا۟ عَنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّهِمْ فَأَخَذَتْهُمُ ٱلصَّـٰعِقَةُ وَهُمْ يَنظُرُونَ ٤٤
فَمَا ٱسْتَطَـٰعُوا۟ مِن قِيَامٍۢ وَمَا كَانُوا۟ مُنتَصِرِينَ ٤٥
"And in ˹the story of˺ Thamûd ˹was another lesson,˺ when they were told, “Enjoy yourselves ˹only˺ for a ˹short˺ while.”
Still they persisted in defying the commands of their Lord, so they were overtaken by a ˹mighty˺ blast while they were looking on.
Then they were not able to rise up, nor were they helped."— Quran 51:43-45
This life is but a temporary time, and then we return to our creator. The lifelong quest to return to God and for him to be pleased with us. Forever striving to be better and content.
We are only here to enjoy ourselves for a little while. We should also be cognisant of the greater picture -- not being too wild in our indulgences nor too nihilistic in our outlook.
Let us take things in measured portions and make sure we prepare as best we can for a day when we too will perish.
What will we leave behind on this earth?
What will we bring with us to the next life?