Thoughts - Your Currency
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “For those of my Ummah, Allah overlooks the thoughts that come to mind as long as they are not uttered or acted upon.” [Sahih Bukhari]
Researchers have discovered that the average person thinks about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Since the majority of us are awake 16-18 hours a day, we think a thought on average every 1.1 second. Most of the time we are not consciously thinking; therefore, many are the thoughts that are planted in our minds from Shaitaan. As soon as such a thought occurs to one of us, we should deliberately reject it and put our mind to some other task. So long as we do not entertain Shaitaan’s thoughts, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will forgive their occurring to us.
It is one thing to have the majority of worthless thoughts forgiven. But with so much thinking going on, why not tap into this power of the mind? Your thoughts lead to actions. Your actions create habits. The habits of your life will determine your ultimate destiny. Everybody’s ultimate destiny is either the Fire or the Garden. With a purposeful goal, all this thought energy could actually be utilized to achieve something worthwhile. Why not focus it on something meaningful?
The most meaningful goal any one of us could achieve is to get a guarantee of being happy forever. We focus on acquiring a certain level of education, or certain degrees, in the expectation that we will then be able to get certain jobs, have a particular income, be able to maintain a certain standard of living and with it all - be happy. But it turns out that neither the job is guaranteed, nor riches, nor happiness. We might still go bankrupt, we might still have a miserable family life, we might still be lonely and sad.
Only Allah’s promise of Jannah is a guarantee of happiness. This is happiness that will never wane, only increase. This is happiness that will never end. This is happiness unblemished by worry or cares. If we focus our thoughts on how to get to Jannah, by reading and studying and thinking over the Quran and ahadith, our mind will be occupied with thoughts of it. Our thoughts will become our actions. Our actions to gain Allah’s pleasure, will become our habits. And such habits will insha’Allah, take us to our ultimate destiny of The Garden.
Thoughts become things and we get whatever we focus upon. If your thoughts are your currency for getting what you want, then what is it that you are spending your currency on?