Assalaamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh...
Be it over-the-top number of endless assignments, lots of food (and money to buy them) to choose from, lots of newly-arrived shawls and jubahs, a random text from a not-so-strange stranger and your heart skips a beat every time you hear his/her steps, even iMak-iPong new editions hot hot on the market; those are all but mere struggles to overcome. Yes. Struggles. We have to overcome those struggles in order to detach our heart from this ever-so-temporary dunya. T-E-M-P-O-R-A-R-Y. Oh wow. So that saying, "This heart is gonna beat for you forever and ever" is a total lie. Astaghfirullahalazim.
One word: Mujahadah. There is no such thing as mujahadah if we want to stay the same. Change is the "in" thing right now. On the path to Allah's redha, we need to change everyday to be better. Mujahadah is always a struggle to a positive change. It's never inclined to changing back negatively to be on the edge of Fire. So when we struggle, and fight to overcome that struggle, we are Mujahadah-ing. And all those mentioned above, are all just Nafs - our ever so strong desire to put the world in our heart. So the correct condition we are in right now is, Mujahadatun Nafs - bermujahadah melawan hawa nafsu. Ain't that sound cool? You bet.
So how to succeed in this "to the end of time" battle? Here are some tips:
1. You gotta know the enemy.
|If love monkey is your current struggle, always remember that it is temporary. The only One who loves you more than anything else is Allah, and hey, Allah is Permanent.|
|If food is your love monkey, then always know that too much eating do more harm than eating considerably.|
2. You gotta make an extra effort to know Allah
|We don't just memorise Allah's names, we understand them so we could fall in love with Him.|
3. And so mingle with the right crowd who wants to overcome those struggles.
4. Sabr and solat.
And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]. [Al-Baqarah: 45]
Do you know that a sincere solat also functions to give you strength to overcome those struggles? :)
So there you go. Do your best, and let Allah do the rest. Oh and by the way, the struggle is always bitter, but our rest in Jannah is always sweet. Really.