Two blanket merchants were relaxing at the bank of a river. They had walked throughout the day door to door in the village selling blankets. Now as the sun was setting and Maghrib Call to prayer was about to happen, they were getting fresh for the prayer.
It was all of a sudden, they discovered a huge pile of blanket floating slowly in the water, a bit faraway but it was getting closer and closer. They could see in the dim light, it was huge blanket worth the catch. One of the merchant really wanted to own it while the other ignored it as the prayer was about to begin.
But the other friend continued to focus on the moving heap of wool to own it. Various, thoughts went through his mind. It may perhaps be the very fortune of his life’s dreams. It may be the gift of all these years of hardships. So, he set to go while his friend went for the prayer.
The other merchant returned back after the prayer. What he saw was his friend in fact wrestling in the river with the floating blanket. It was as if his friend was trying to hug the blanket and blanket was hugging back the friend harder. It was a kind of wrestling one another. The friend took out his search light from his bag to see what exactly his friend was trying to catch. To his amazement and fear, he saw it was a huge bear and not a blanket. His friend was now struggling for his very own life, to have an escape from the holds of the bear. He knew very well it was the final struggle of his friend as both have hugged firmly one another and there is no easy escape.
This is how Dunya is. Don’t think what comes to your life without the remembrance (zikr) of Allah (Prayer, Quran, Ibaadah etc) is a fortune. It is in fact the very Dunya that will not leave you until you are perished. Dunya is attractive but dangerous. If you give a hug to it, it will give you a harder hug. _The very attractiveness of this world that takes you away from the Zikr of Allah is your Dunya. Those things of this life which you are so attracted to and you went seeking after it placing the Zikr of Allah behind you and your greediness and dreams ahead of you, that’s your Dunya_. The attractive things may vary from person to person. You know what exactly what it is and you alone know. Put those things behind and let Zikr (remembrance) of Allah be ahead. This is when Dunya comes behind you in humble obedience and you walk towards your destination freely and blissfully.
إِنَّا جَعَلۡنَا مَا عَلَى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ زِينَةً۬ لَّهَا لِنَبۡلُوَهُمۡ أَيُّہُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلاً۬
We have adorned everything on earth, in order to test them, and thus distinguish those among them who work righteousness. (Surah Al Kahf: Ayah No.7)
_Story made out of an example heard from Salih Sir (نور الله مرقده)_