As I write this blog post, we have less than two days to go before the BIG EVENT on Friday… the Royal Wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton.
It’s sure to attract attention worldwide with an estimated TWO BILLION people tuning into their TV sets, their social networks, or even gathering outside Westminster Abbey, outside Buckingham Palace and on the streets of London. Around 50 Heads of State throughout the world are taking part, the military are conducting practise operations for the day and the whole world’s media is swarming to London. Believe me, this is no small event at all. The last major Royal Wedding was that of Prince Charles to Diana. And back then, that was a massive occasion. That will pale in comparison to this, because the world is so much more connected now, through technology.
Millions upon millions of UK taxpayers’ money is being put towards this wedding – mine included. Personally, I don’t want my money wasted on this. The economy is in dire straits, thousands of people are losing their jobs; instead of supporting these people, millions of pounds are being spent on TWO people. Newspapers are making money out of this, photographers, companies with memorabilia – but not the ordinary person on the street! These people don’t get any more benefit than watching X-Factor on an evening. So the first point I am making is that this is a waste of money. I’m not against a bride and groom being happy on their wedding day – indeed they should be happy and people around them should celebrate this… but there is a limit. And with this Royal Wedding, we have crossed the limit many times over.
So what is the point I am making? It’s simple… don’t waste your time and put things into perspective. There are more important things going on in the world, and even more important things that will happen after!
There are people dying and being persecuted across the world. Many of whom are Muslims. There is poverty in the world and there needn’t be because there are more than enough resources and money in the world for everyone! But not if we waste our time, money and resources on things like this! So my fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters, when you’re watching the wedding, spare a thought for the ummah – we are one nation, one body; if one part of it is hurt, we are all hurting. This Royal Wedding is not an Islamic one, it’s not even a Muslim one, so leave this for the non-Muslims. It’s more their day than ours. What loyalty does the Royal Family have to the Muslims? What loyalty does the Royal Family have to you and your family? Islam doesn’t not run on kingship or dictators – it runs on those who rule according to the Law of Allah. The Royal Family does not fit this criteria, so we shouldn’t be giving them the credit and attention that many Muslims are doing. But if your heart is attached to the Royal Family, then you may end up being amongst them at a time when you really wouldn’t want to be.
But the biggest point I am making is this. This Royal Wedding may be a big event. It may even be modern history in the making. But it’s actually very very insignificant. As an event it is miniscule and hardly registers on the scale. Especially when compared to one of the BIGGEST EVENTS to face mankind! And this event will be upon us before we even realise. None can escape this event and it affects every single one of us. What is the event I am talking about?
THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT!
This post isn’t really aimed at non-Muslims, so I don’t expect them to take heed of any of this. But those of understanding will. And ALL Muslims need to put things into perspective. There are many events in all our lives – ones that we are involved in, ones that affect others and we are spectators (like the Royal Wedding). But none of these events compare to the heaviest day of our lives.. the Day of Judgement, the Day of Reckoning, the Day of Fear, the Day when no one will be wronged and all affairs will be settled. How will you be on this day? Will you be under the shade of Allah’s Throne? Will you be sweating and up to your neck in water, struggling to breathe and stand in the gravest of moments?
We will be asked about how we spent our time – it’s a valuable commodity, one that shouldn’t be traded for something that will gain you only a little pleasure in this world. What are you going to say? That you spent the whole day watching and following the Royal Wedding – especially on a Friday? When Brothers and Sisters should be praying and going to Jumuah? There’s a lot that we need to prepare before the Day of Judgement is upon us. Watching the Royal Wedding, watching sports tournaments for hours on end, watching TV endlessly, is not the kind of preparation that will help us. We need our leisure time but surely we need to keep this in check, and not indulge too much time in things like this.
There are much better things to spend your time on: reading Qur’an, praying, making supplications to Allah, helping your fellow Muslim brother and sister, helping non-Muslims, giving in charity, smiling and spreading good cheer (in a way that Pleases Allah), fasting, and much more.
So which is more important to you? The Royal Wedding or the Day of Judgement?
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