By Sajid Iqbal
Big Brother, a programme where 13 people chosen from thousands of applicants, are asked to live in a house where there are hidden cameras placed throughout the house covering their every move... and I mean every move if you know what I mean.
Every week one guy or girl is evicted by the television viewers, who are given tasks to carry out and then are judged on their success as well as their behaviour, personality and deeds. The successful person at the end of the show is rewarded £100,000.
Well, you're probably thinking what's this got to do with anything? Let me shock you by saying that our life in this world is just like the telly show Big Brother - no fatwa's please, let me explain!
Our house is this world - the dunya. Our hidden camera is none other than God Almighty, the creator of the universe who watches our every single move. Allah (swt) gives our tasks in His book, the Qur'an and by His Messenger, Muhammad (saw).
The Creator judges us on our deeds and actions and our prize at the end of the show is Paradise and eternal life. Now what do you make of that then?
Not bad eh… I know you're shaking your head and saying the blokes lost it but just think about it for a moment and it'll make sense to you … trust me. The term 'Big Brother is always watching you' has a very important meaning for Muslims.
OK, check this out - the idea that 'Big Brother is always watching you' should become clear:
You're cruising down the road in your Subaru ( or your Nissan Micra if you were honest) and you approach the lights. You think I ain't stopping and all of a sudden you see a cop car from a distance.
So what do you do? Slam your brakes, put your seat belt on and hope the coppers say nowt. Its true innit… unless you get a buzz out of being fined and visiting the nick! You see we follow the law because we know we are being watched, and if we break the law we will be punished.
Another example: will you ever light up a spliff or chat up a girl/guy in front of your parents, older brother or your local molbi (imam).You must be joking! Why? Because you know a higher authority is watching you, so you have to do 'the right thing' otherwise you will be punished big time.
Now, to get to the point- if we 'do the right thing' or follow the law of the land only to please the higher authorities in this world then why not 'do the right thing and obey the law of Allah' - the Creator of the Universe, who is the highest authority and is always watching you?
You see whether we are playing football, watching the telly, in the town center, at uni or college, at work, in the mosque or in the nightclub our every action is watched and recorded.
So next time you decide to link up with your undercover girl/boyfriend somewhere that you know that your dad, the local Imam and that big mouth auntie down the road wont see you, always remember that 'Big Brother' - the All-Seeing- is ALWAYS watching you, there is no place on Earth where you can go where you wont get clocked by Him.
'Big Brother' is always watching us so isn't it about time we faced the facts and sorted ourselves out to save our self from the embarrassment in this world and the hereafter. A couple of things might be on your mind.
You're thinking: 'OK I know Allah(swt) watches our actions but still I can't stop myself from doing what I do, even though I know its wrong. So, what do I do?'.
Fair point. To know something is wrong or haram doesn't take a genius but to stop yourself from committing sin and haram acts is the hardest thing ever. But you see that is the trick. That is the test. The test of life - pass this and you're buzzing. What we need is taqwa - the fear of God.
The only way we can do good in this world and have a good hereafter is if we fear Allah (swt). The Prophet (saw) said in his final sermon : “Fear your Lord, pray your five prayers, fast the month of Ramadan, pay your Zakah, and obey your leaders, in doing so, you will enter your Lord‘s Paradise.”(Tirmidhi)
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