Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, son, Abdullah, asked his father one day: “Abi when will we ever relax?” His father, one of the greatestrevivers of the Sunnah and a role model for all Muslims, looked him in the eye and said: “With the first step we take into Jannah.”
There are days that come to you and you’re tired, you just want to sleep and relax and “shut off”” as they say. Those are the days in which you need to ask yourself a critical question: ‘Where am I going with life?’ If it’s towards Allah and for Allah, then regain your strength and continue your work, for Jannah is precious and must be sought. But if you look into your life and realise that it’s not towards Allah but towards Dunya, then your tiredness becomes a blessing, for it is a reminder that you need to change direction and renew your purpose in life.
When someone’s focus is Jannah, their priorities change and their outlook on life is different.
What we perceive as difficulty, they perceive as ease.
What we perceive as calamity, they perceive as reward.
What we perceive as obstacles, they perceive as opportunities for sincere dua.
Moreover, when your focus is Jannah, this Dunya and its constant demand becomes small and the least of our concerns.