Games and their “false” importance

The deception of this dunya is that it turns our focus on unimportant things, until we start falsely believing they are important. One of them is games. Those who are caught up in the gaming world will pay any price for the latest game. Hours are wasted in futile play, which has no benefit for us.

A young man had a particular game and his achievements were recorded in the leaderboard. He played his way to the top of the leaderboard, where he became well-known in that gaming community. Eventually, he had the option of buying another game but if he did, he would lose all the rankings he had in this game. Over this he was worried and unsure what to do. He approached me with this dilemma, and he was actually willing to keep and play both games just so that his rankings remain.

Now what sort of achievement is this “ranking”? It is a false achievement, it bears no fruits. This is how the dunya fuels hubb-e-jah (love for fame) from a young age. Then years later when another game is released, that becomes the hot topic in the gaming community and the old ones are forgotten. That too, is a deception of the dunya – one game at a time, it tricks you into wasting your time.

So beware of activities that carry a “false” importance or “false” achievements. It may all be fun and games, but on the Day of Judgement we will be held accountable for it. Shaitaan will always tempt us to waste time on futile activities. Recognize the trap and rise above it. Be true to yourself and Allah will be true to you, by blessing you with real importance in His eyes, real achievements in the hereafter, and real rankings in Jannah. Don’t trade these real blessings from Allah, for that which is false in this worldly life. May Allah grant us the ability, aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه اللّٰه

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 26/11/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

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