We suddenly find ourselves with nothing to do, without any aim for the day and seem to lack a purpose to our very existence altogether. Even though we may have been looking forward to some time for relaxing or pursuing some other activity we had planned to do for so long when we were stuck head down in work, now – we are just bored. And we feel dreadful wallowing in what appears to be some sort of vaccum. We almost miss work or revising for exams or whatever it was we were so busy with.
But it happens to the best of people and though there may be an element of us needing to refocus our vision as to the higher purpose of living, it’s actually pretty normal and human to feel bored sometimes as somehow we drown into a dull and excessive routine and repetition. And how amazing is the fact that Allah (swt) has already addressed this in the Qur’an?
“And it is He who produces gardens trellised and untrellised, and date-palms, and crops of different shape and taste (their fruits and their seeds) and olives, and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in taste)…”— Verse 141, Surah Al-Anaam (6), Qur’aan
“And He has made the sun and the moon, both constantly pursuing their courses, to be of service to you; and He has made the night and day, to be of service to you.”— Verse 33, Surah Ibrahim (14), Qur’aan
“Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides…”— Verse 191, Surah Al-Imran (3), Qur’aan
“See you not that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and We produce therewith fruits of varying colours, and among the mountains are streaks of white and red, of varying colours and (others) very black.”— Verse 27, Surah Fatir (35), Qur’aan
Something that all these have in common is change. Change or a desire for change is inbuilt into our systems to protect us from idleness, unproductivity and static – and drive us forward to be dynamic people. These verses – which are a few of many – point out how the variety and diversity Allah (swt) has created is all for our benefit. Without acknowledgement of the human requirement for variety we would have no changing weather or seasons, different foods, breathtaking destinations, mixture of people, etc. Neither would we be able to worship Him through so many different means from (to name a few examples) performing Salah to feeding the poor to looking after our families and buying gifts for others. There is such a wealth of all the different things and opportunities we’ve been blessed with. And this is something we are being invited to take advantage of through divine example, inspiration and command.
In Islam, we do not divide our lives into separate entities. So bring diversity into your worship, your social engagements, work, free time and leisure; and who knows how much we can achieve and learn through all this iA.