Thursday, June 24, 2010

Like A Video Game

Who amongst us have never played a video game sometime or the other in our lives? It has always been a part of our childhood. When we have mastered the game and made it through to the final stages it brought us immense joy and a sense of achievement. And at that given stage many of us have said, “if only life was like a video game.” Oh! But it is, life is exactly like a video game.

When you purchase your game, it comes with a handbook and game controllers. The handbook contains essential rules and strategies on how to play the game. Your controllers teach you which buttons to use in order to play the game effectively. The aim of any video game is to reach the final stage with the most points and which will result in you becoming the winner. However games are never simple, there are various paths you will have to choose from, bullets you will have to dodge and there is always an evil monster following you with his breath of fire above your head hoping to stray you from the path you on. But apart from these there are surprise boxes and golden tokens along your path that always pop up when you least expect it making your journey easier. Although you may never succeed at your game on the first attempt, you dodge those bullets, kill that monster and conquer the final stage. When you look back at the game you realise how easy it actually was. You help your friends who also play the same game and make it easy for them too. Your life is just like that video game.

Think of your life as a video game. Allah (swt) is the author of your handbook. The Quran provides you with set rules and regulations on how to play this game. It also gives you tips and strategies on making life easier for yourself. If you abide by the Quranic rules and ethics surely you will win this game. There are many paths to take in life, but there is one set path put out for you by Allah. You may stray from time to time but eventually you will always find your way back home. This can only be discovered by you actually playing the game. Remember the tokens you collect in the game Mario brothers? You were not forced to collect those tokens but it sure did make that game easier in the end. Think of the sunnah as those tokens. The sunnah of our beloved Nabi (saw) was never made compulsory to us but we do it because the sunnah is our tokens. The more rewards we receive the better our chances are of making it to the final round. Think of your points in the game as your good deeds. The aim is to finish the game with the most points. The aim is to end your life with the most rewards. The more good deeds you do the better your chances of attaining jannah. The fire breathing monster is Shaytaan, the rejected one is always above you trying to make you stray from the path you are on. But remember the more tokens you get, the more ammunition against the monster you shall receive. Your goal in life is to fight off the whisperings of the cursed one; this can only be done through our handbook and our tokens, the Quran and the sunnah.

Like the game there are stages in life, you are born, you grow and you die. Our aim as Muslims is not be afraid of death but to reach it with enough good deeds securing our place in janaah. Many of us have mastered video games but are still struggling to master life. But it is the same. When you master the game of life you will eventually master all games in life. So the next time you play a video game, look at your life and ask yourself, “are you playing according to the rules?”

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