Ever since I was young, my parents never allowed me to get a game console. Never. Whether it be Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Sega Genesis, PS1, PS2, PS3, XBox, Xbox 360, or anything else, I was never allowed to play these at home. This made it really hard while in elementary and middle school because practically everybody at school had one type of game console or another, and most conversations pivoted on the newest games that would come out.
I tried convincing my parents numerous times to let me get one, but it was all to no avail. I slowly resigned myself to the fact that I’d never be as cool as others…I’d never fully understand my classmates’ conversations…
My life was over.
“Want to come and help distribute the Zakat-ul-Fitr?,” my father asked me.
It was a clear and bright sunny day, and I decided to accompany my father and an uncle as they drove from address to address, delivering food for the truly needy. I quite enjoyed myself as I raced up and down the stairs while carrying packets of meat and grains in both hands.
As we got in our car, having finished dropping off some food at a house, we saw that house’s door suddenly burst open. A Muslim woman came running out, looking slightly distraught as she quickly made her way to talk to us before we left.
“Brothers, please help me; my husband left us and the landlord is trying to kick us out of this house. My young children are all still in school, and I can’t work here. Please help me…”, she implored in faltering English with a pleading look in her eyes. We quickly got her information and promised to send it to a local Masjid that had allocated funds for such cases.
We drove off very quietly.
As we drove off with Ramadan slowly came to a winding close, it finally hit me. How in the world can I ask for hundreds of dollars in consoles, games, and other luxuries while our sisters in Islam are suffering? How can we neglect and even ignore fellow Muslim families while we sit back and just relax?
Let’s concentrate on what is important and step up our activism to help our Muslim brothers and sisters for the sake of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Many are suffering either physically or spiritually, so it is up to us to reach out to them and to get them to smile once more as they get back on their feet. Let’s not spend our money and time on buying and playing useless games, but spend it for the cause of Allah.
I leave you with a challenge: Get your game on.
“Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression, repulse not the beggar; and proclaim the Grace of your Lord” – Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) in Surah Duha, Ayahs 9-11.