Originally Posted by Tragic Typos
One of the reasons why we feel the need to collect things, may stem from another deeper need that we are trying to compensate for.
In your case, it is loneliness.
Whatever the reason may be - we should realise that nothing in this material world will ever fully suffice.
We will always be left wanting more.
The search for another item, and another - can consume ones life, and more importantly, it distracts you away from the remembrance of Allah (subhanawataála).
Remember: Whatever attaches your heart to this world - is a means of detaching your heart from Allah.
And conversely, the closer you become to your Rabb, the more detached you are from this world.
On the authority of Ibn 'Umar, radiyallahu 'anhuma, who said: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, took me by the shoulder and said:
"Be in this world as though you were a traveller or a stranger"
--> a stranger is one who feels unsettled wherever he goes. He will continue to do so till he reaches his home; paradise.
--> a traveller is one who is usually light in possession.
The lighter his bags, the easier is his journey.
Think about this.
All our material possessions mean absolutely nothing - when we consider the real purpose of our lives: We have been created for the worship of Allah, for His meeting and for our final destination - Al-Aakhirah.
Nothing else should (really) matter.
Consider too, how many times the word 'amusement' is used in relation to this dunya in the Quraan:
What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #32)
Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children.
Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception?
( سورة الحديد , Al-Hadid, Chapter #57, Verse #20)
-> 9 times in 8 different verses.
Allah, in His mercy, is warning us of the deception of this world, over and over again.
We need to take heed.
-Start by taking company of those whose hearts are throbbing
with their love for Allah (subhanawataála) and his nabi (sallalahu alaihi wasalam).
-Read Quraan (with translation) frequently.
-Try to remember Allah (zikr) as often as possible - when we walk, why do our lips not move in praise of Him?......when we are at work/ with our families/ at home.
We should be in this world.
But, as if we are not in this world.
Our bodies are here.
But our minds and hearts are longing for our next life.