The Almighty has made
this world a place of trial and test. Here each person has been given the chance
to prove his mettle and become worthy of an eternal reward in the Hereafter. If
he is unable to do so, he shall have to face the ignominy of Hell. The Qur’ān we
read every day and the prayer we offer five times a day actually serve to remind
us of this reality, which we tend to forget so very easily.
However, this does not mean that
one should not get involved in worldly affairs. In fact, a person should use
whatever talents he has for the betterment of the society he lives in. He should
try to correctly assess himself and choose a life which best suits his talents
and abilities. The only thing he must remain mindful of in his struggles in the
affairs of this world is that whenever, he has to make a decision in life, he
should always give priority to the life of the Hereafter. Islam is not a
religion of hermits and recluses, nor does it condone leading a life that is cut
off from the rest of the world. It wants a person to live right in the
mainstream of events and face the harsh realities of life.
As a student you should
concentrate on your studies and specialize as much as you can in the field of
your interest. During your educational and later vocational pursuits, whenever
there is a clash between interests of this world and those of the Hereafter pray
that the Almighty give you the courage to choose the latter.
In other words, the key word is
balance and giving each thing its proper due. Neither should a person get so
involved in life that he forgets the Hereafter, nor should he forsake the life
of this world, lest he lose the chance to achieve high honours in the Hereafter.