Opinion: Reflecting on our existence amid lockdown 

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Haala Ahmed, Canada

As we are all isolated in our homes, this pandemic has made me realise that there is more to life than we ever thought of.

Millions of people are now stuck in their homes and find themselves with no purpose. This gives us a bigger picture of life.

If our lives consisted of no work or school, what would we have been up to? Why is our existence even important?

Before this pandemic, many would have never questioned our existence and would have just blindly continued with our daily routines until death arrived.

Now that we are all in a state of emergency, we can witness that everything is temporary. Just within a span of months, millions of people have lost their jobs, the most successful businesses have experienced significant loss and thousands of people have lost their lives, just because of a virus that cannot be predicted.

Nowadays, the world is indulged in the materialistic aspects of life due to the advancements of technology and the world in general.

However, during these times of hardship, all of this is insignificant. One’s identity, wealth or status cannot prevent them from the clasp of the virus; it does not discriminate against any human being.

A life full of materialism and pursuing the delights of this world will reduce to insignificance. After we die, all the materialistic aspects of life will not be given any importance. The sheer pace of modern-day life – being engaged in work, school, business and other day-to-day engagements – has led to society forgetting and neglecting the very purpose of life; worshipping Allah.

The entire purpose of life is to worship our Creator, Allah. We as Muslims know this for a fact, but many people are just beginning to realise this now, especially with more time on their hands and the worry of the dangerous and often helpless situation the coronavirus has caused.

(The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Al Hakam or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat)

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