Here is what the Qur’an says about the kind of priorities each one of us should have in our lives. And the Qur’an makes it crystal clear that Islam needs to be a most serious personal concern for each one of us.
And the Qur’an lists in great detail the things that we value most in life — item by item, one after the other — and says that Islam needs to be at least as dear and at least as important to us as any or all of these things.
And the Qur’an ends this passage with the dire warning that if we fail to personalize Islam in this way, then Allah will decide what to do with us.
Here is a list of the things the Qur’an says human beings may tend to value most in their lives:
our fathers and mothers;
our sons and daughters;
our brothers and sisters;
our wives and husbands;
members of our extended family;
all the wealth we accumulated over the years;
our businesses, jobs and professions;
our favorite houses and dwellings;
And the Qur’an then goes on to say that if we refused to do that, then we must just wait for Allah’s decision to arrive!
This is scary stuff, to say the least.
Here is the Aayat Karimah from Surah Tawubah:
In Kaana Aabaa-ukum,
Wa Amwaalun Iqtaraftumoohaa,
Wa Tijaaratun Takhshawuna Kasaadahaa,
Wa Masaakina Tardawunahaa,
Ahabba Ilayikum Minallahi Wa Rasoolihi,
Wa Jihaadin Fi Sabeelihi,
Fa-Tarabbasoo Hattaa Ya’tiyallahu Bi-Amrihi!
A Paraphrase of Aayah 9:24:
If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers,
And your wives, and your relatives and your family members,
And the wealth that you have accumulated,
And the businesses you fear may suffer and that you so jealously guard,
And the houses and dwelling places that you love,
Are dearer to you than Allah, and His Messenger,
And ceaseless struggle in the path of God,
Then just wait till Allah brings about his decision.