Escape from Today!
How many times did you hear this from Tv or online advertisement “Escape to Bahamas” or “Escape To Hawaii” notice the word “ESCAPE”, when does someone “escapes” from something? Its only when someone is in prison and they want to get freedom. Most Americans fall for the “escape” commercial because the life they are leading is essentially a glorified prison, it might be another day of working job you hate or another day of dealing with a failing marriage or another day of taking care of children who seem entirely ungrateful for you, there seem to be a lot to escape from and many commercials for vocations provide that very escape.
But When you look into what our creator is calling us towards and how it frees us from any needs of this world, you will realize the only way in which someone can live happy life is doing what their creator has layout for them.
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” 16:97
Ibn Qayyim (rahimahu Allah) put it eloquently when he said “When a person spends his entire day with no other concern but Allaah alone, Allaah, may He be glorified, will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him; He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him, free his tongue so that it will speak only in remembrance of Him (dhikr) and cause all his faculties to work only in obedience to Him.
But if a person spends his entire day with no other concern but this world, Allaah will make him bear its distress, anxiety and pain; He will leave him to sort himself out, and cause his heart to be distracted from the love of Allaah towards the love of some created being, cause his tongue to speak only in remembering people instead of remembering Allaah, and cause him to use his talents and energy in obeying and serving them.”