Imagine that you are waiting for the car of your dreams to arrive…

But instead of the 21-inch rims you expect, it has biscuit tyres. Instead of drag racing the ¼ mile in under 10 seconds, it takes that long just for the car to start. Instead of hearing the grumble of a twin-turbocharged V8 from under the hood, you hear the fan belt screeching like a frustrated teacher in kindergarten. Instead of doing impressive burnouts with smoking tyres as you take off from the robot, it’s the faulty clutch that keeps burning out and the engine that keeps smoking…

Imagine that you are expecting the wife of your dreams to arrive…

But instead of the perfect, shiny smile you hope for, her teeth are like the fence poles around a qurbaani pen – crooked and brown. Instead of having beautiful hair, her head resembles the tyre of a minibus taxi – completely bald. Instead of smelling like DKNY, she smells like the sweaty socks you forgot in your gym bag a week ago. Instead of being youthful and energetic, she’s already in her eighties…

Would anyone of us be happy to accept the above? Obviously not. We want the best in life, and we have to admit that if Allah Ta‘ala does not give us the very best, then He still gives us better than we deserve.

How sad it is then that we repay Allah Ta‘ala by giving Him the ‘worst’…

You see, Allah Ta‘ala has done a deal with us. From our perspective, it’s not the bargain of a lifetime – it’s the bargain of our eternity in Jannah. Allah Ta‘ala is offering us Jannah in exchange of our lives – referring to our time, energy, wealth, etc. In other words, if we want Jannah, we will have to pay the small entrance fee of spending our lives in His obedience.

Now, this is where we have done ourselves down. Many of us have the idea that we will enjoy ourselves and make the most of life while we are young, with the plan to change our lives and become pious when we are old. However, whether or not we will even live long enough to reach old age is questionable… Presuming that we do live that long, is it befitting that we dedicate only the last portion of our lives to Allah Ta‘ala when we are already ‘old and cold’ and half our organs are in failure? How can we hope for the best Jannah when we are paying the poorest price?

On the Day of Qiyaamah, when the sun will be close to people’s heads and they will be ‘drowning’ in their perspiration, there will be seven groups of people who will be ‘chilling’, cool as cucumbers, under the shade of Allah Ta‘ala’s throne. One of these groups is the group of those who were young, and the passion of youth was bubbling away within them, and they were energized and ever ready, yet they resisted their temptations and remained obedient to Allah Ta‘ala, dedicating this portion of their lives – which is the best portion – to Him.

By giving Allah Ta‘ala the ultimate – their youth – Allah Ta‘ala will bless them with the ultimate as well. If we want the best, let us give Allah Ta‘ala the best, and He will then give us the best Jannah.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us all with His Divine love, aameen.