When eyes are opened

Why is it that ‘celebrity’ is such an admired and celebrated status in today’s times?

These are normal individuals who are separated from us only by a particular talent, which is being put to publicly-visible use. What makes them worthy of an elevated status? A pedestal which places them way up there, while the masses below stand in awe of their particularly attractive feature, be it looks, talent, or any other.

You know, idolatry is alive and well in the 21st century. There are entire industries built on it: magazines, entertainment channels, tabloids.

Why are so many people sucked into the vortex of superficiality that is perpetuated by this concept of celebrity, and these industries which feed off the vain desires and lusts inherent in each one of us?

These desires, though, can be controlled. We just need to realise that, make the choice, then avoid the environment which tempts us into this indulgence.

It’s amazing how – for whatever reason – once you leave a way of life which you were so accustomed to; a way which so vastly occupied your thoughts, those things fade away into insignificance.

You can live without them.

You do live without them.

You see there’s more to life.

You pass this phase, and hopefully, you move onto something better.

Maybe the pattern of consumption remains within you; and you now apply that pattern, subconsciously, to your new interest. But the content has changed. Hopefully for the better.

Surround yourself with the influences you think are right for your future. The people, things and places which you think will take you closer to your dreams…what you aspire to be.

When you reach old age, and look back on your life, let it be a life spent in worthwhile pursuits; and not one in frivolity and meaningless consumption.

All will perish in this world. But what remains, eternally, is your deeds; and the choices you make, for which you will be held accountable.

May we all be guided to the right things in life, and get the ability to see things as they really are: to open our eyes, and see the deceivers around us for what they really are.

And have the resolve to try to change what we need to, and the strength to keep going, especially when those forces of wrong try to lure us back to our previous ignorance.

When eyes are opened, the world becomes clear.

6 thoughts on “When eyes are opened

  1. InshaAllah Ameen! 🙂

    When you see things for what they are, when hidayah is blessed upon you- it makes you feel like you’d previously been slumpering in eternal sleep or waking around wide eyed in the dark. May the blessing of sight be bestowed upon us in the true essence of its meaning.

  2. id rather be an animal with sight than a blind human being

    its so easy to be blind, and walk the earth in ‘blissful’ stupor.

    but it’s easier on the heart to be conscious, to be ever-watchful, weary and waiting, for that moment when we shall all meet our Creator…

    ameen to Zahera’s dua’h
    not just us here but for the better part of humanity insha Allah

  3. Ameen. As somebody who works in the public sphere, I know how fickle ‘fame’ is. For me, the people I admire are the ones who do real meaningful work, conscientiously striving to make a difference.

    I’ve always found it sickening that looks, a good singing voice, ability to act gives a person a golden glow, makes them a role model, makes people want to be like them, and causes people to think they’re better.
    The same can be said for wealth-within the Muslim community how often don’t we hear ‘He/she comes from a very good family’ simply because they’re wealthy?

    Sadly, too many have made this world their life, and cannot think beyond what others think of them, and thus sink themselves in a mindless pursuit of material masks.

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