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Wanted, Needed, so then pray that it's Best fitted

"Aku ingin begini... aku ingin begitu... ingin ini ingin itu... banyak sekali..."

those are lyrics from doraemon tv series that has been aired more than 10 years in Indonesia, if the lyrics translated in english the text will be more or less like this
" I wanted these... I wanted that.. wanted these and that... oh so many things..."  
well if you haven't watch that show... Doraemon is a cartoon character form in a cat robot who have a magical pouch with a lot of cool gadget that came from the future... it has been running here in indonesia since I'm still at elementary school... (can u imagine how long the series have survived?)

okey, back to the writing... as long as we are still breathing air, we always wanted something to fill our live with. Either it's a good food, newest gadget, sport cars, cool friends, a gold warehouse like the one uncle scrooge have. we always wanted something.
this passion to wanted something in life are the one that drive us to do something about it.
we works, we studies, we read, we go out and socialize, in order to get the things that we wanted in life.

Alhamdulillah, as a human being... we have already been given the world by Allah S.W.T to fulfill all the things that we need in life... 

Al-A'raf :10

"And We have certainly established you upon the earth and made for you therein ways of livelihood. Little are you grateful"

although God Almighty already assured us about our established livelihood, still there are only a little among us who is grateful... why? might be it is because most of the times we are focusing ourselves to the things that we wanted not the things that we need, and we tend to forget how to be grateful for the things that we have right now. for surely it is definitely the things that we needed in life. for  now...

I do remember most of my teachers has taught me that there is a significant difference between needs and wants. for not all the things that we wanted in life is actually the things that we needed. but then again where can we draw the line? if we talked in economical perspective. our demand of things will surely met up with cost that we able to pay or sacrifies. in conventional system the goals in economy is to gain maximum utility or benefit from our limited resources, sometimes in the process of gaining this satisfaction we step into others teritory and took our satisfaction from their misery, and this kind of action can't be applied in islamic perspective.

why? because the goals in islamic economy is not to gain maximum benefit from our limited resource but it is that whatever transaction that we'd be doing will bring muslahah or greatness for everyone not only ourselves but also others. pretty isn't it?

back to the 'wants' and 'needs' and our seems to be so unlimited 'wants'. Do we really need that newest gadget available at the store? or we just wanted it so that we can actualized ourselves to others (if i'm not mistaken this is one off the phase mention in the maslow theory). Do we really need those cute online shop thingys, those new lens, bikes, clothes, a bowl of instant noodle with eggs and chili in the middle of the night? or we just wanted it but not actually need it?
how the hell can we remind ourselves to be able to define the things that we wanted and what we need? with all the test that God almighty gave us either it is through the blessing that being given or the mishappening that became our test of faith.
Quran Al-An'am [6:41]
"And He it is who causes gardens to grow, [both] trellised and untrellised, and palm trees and crops of different [kinds of] food and olives and pomegranates, similar and dissimilar. Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and give its due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess"
not only we were told not to be excessive, we were also being given direction to be grateful as it is written in Luqman [31:41]
"And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], "Be grateful to Allah ." And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] - then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy."
who knows, J.K Rowling might be inspired by the Holy Quran when dumbledore told harry that "Help will always be given at hogwart, for those who ask for it"
Ibrahim [14:34]
"And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful."
anyway... let us all be grateful for what we have right now, and wisely understand what our 'needs' and don't get to excessive for the what we 'wants'. Always do goods cause our reward from Allah depends on the what we did in life.
"That Allah may reward them [according to] the best of what they did and increase them from His bounty. And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account" An-Nur [24:38]


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