Few days back I had many dreams, at a short time. Dreaming, waking up and again dreaming for maybe 2 hours. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I saw around ten dreams and surprisingly enough, the dreams were actually long ones.
That night I kept asking myself, what’s wrong, is it “Time” moving slowly or is it that really dreams only take few minutes if not seconds! Believe it or not, days after I saw dreams and I calculated the time, most of my dreams were less than 3 minutes. When I was dreaming I can remember the details, the events, what I did in the dream and in that dream it was no way all this happened in few seconds, in fact if I just describe one dream I saw, just the description itself will be more than 5 minutes but it only lasted few seconds!
This fact reminded me that life itself is like a dream; we are eating, drinking, living and dying. It seems to us we are having a very long life, 60 years. We are living in a dream, believing it will be a long lasting dream, ignoring the fact that we might wake up (Die) anytime realizing that our life only lasted few seconds. Allah said in the Quran:
((قَالَ كَمْ لَبِثْتُمْ فِي الأرْضِ عَدَدَ سِنِينَ * قَالُواْ لَبِثْنَا يَوْماً أَوْ بَعْضَ يَوْمٍ فَاسْأَلِ الْعَآدّينَ * قَالَ إِن لّبِثْتُمْ إِلاّ قَلِيلاً لّوْ أَنّكُمْ كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ*))
سورة المؤمنون من الآية 112 إلى الآية 114
He will say: "What number of years did ye stay on earth?" They will say: "We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account." He will say: "Ye stayed not but a little - if ye had only known!
Holy Quran (23: 112-114)
Holy Quran (23: 112-114)
In dreams we might be happy, having health, wealth, power and control. Enjoying the fantasy, we maybe are the heroes in the dream. The problem is once we wake up, all these disappear and we realize that we are the same miserable people. What makes you great is that you are awake while you are dreaming and you can take things from your dream where you can benefit in your real life; this is a true hero in my eyes not a dream-created-hero. Same thing in our lives, we are not great if we are great in this world only but we are great if we took what we need for the hereafter and considered great on that time.
If someone told you, I will have you to live in the desert, and he gives you three things you can choose, money, car or water. Since we have only one choice we will decide to take the most valuable out of all so we can live and that’s water. Similarly we should take from this world the most valuable thing so we can live happily in the hereafter.
This life is very short and we might wake up anytime, we were created for a reason, our role is defined properly, we shouldn’t act on other roles, or ignore the fact that we have a role. A Very great role…
((أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثاً وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لا تُرْجَعُونَ))
سورة المؤمنون الآية 115
"Did ye then think that We had created you in jest, and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?"
Holy Quran (23: 115)