A recent happening in our communities has brought an extremely important yet “unique” situation within the youth. A naive girl lives under her mother's roof with little to eat but knows what to do on her yearly Christian Calendar birthday. A naive man who shares a room with his friend or family knows where to celebrate his birthday. A naive man who suffers minute to earn money knows that he has to organize a birthday party for his “girl friend.”
At these parties, “clothes are worn.” “Prayers are offered.” “Friendships are created.” After everything is said and done, the parties or persons involved look back to their everyday lives. Living in poverty and utter insanity. Every youth today, knows when he/she was born not because he/she is required to know but because the birthday is a memorable day. How insane?!
Does anyone stop to think of the infant who died a few seconds before or after birth? On your birthday, do you ever think of why you have lived to see that day? Do we ever even stop to think of the pain our mothers went through in giving birth, weaning and raising us? Do we ever wait for a few seconds and pray for ourselves and our parents irrespective of any circumstance or where they may be? Do we in all honesty, reflect on where we are coming from and where we are headed?
On the day, we call exceptional, have you and I, just praised God for creating us, for protecting us, for giving our guardians patience and understanding in our upbringing? Have we ever just smiled with our hearts and eyes and said, ALHAMDULILLAH to God?
NO. NO. And NO. The birthday trend has filled our heads and hearts. We just want to enjoy that day while it lasts or while we can to the fullest. All we think of is ourselves on that day. But we do forget that just as it’s a one year plus, it’s also a one year minus to our years of life and therefore, need to "get busy" before we can't.
Do good on your birthday. Fast if you can. Share it with the people who need it most. Get closer to God with every second of breath He Blesses you with and pray for His Guidance all the time. In this, you will surely find peace within you and satisfaction for the rest of your days on earth. And God Knows Best.