What do you really worship? Allah or social media followers?
Concern about social media followers, number of friends and fans, “likes”, “comments” and “shares” seems to be filling the lives of many people.
Fame is one of the greatest life pleasures. It makes one feel respected, known and heard. The more followers you have, the more you feed this desire.
One of the famous Muslims, with millions of social media followers, said that during a certain period of his life he only concern was the number of followers. Yet, during this time he always had a feeling that he was running after an illusion, that he was living a fake life where happiness was not real.
He said this was like an addiction, always comparing yourself to other famous people. While my heart was attached to such matters it made me sick, he said.
Seeking fame is one of the worst heart’s illnesses that directly affect sincerity to Allah.
It makes one overly attached to people and their opinion. You put yourself under the mercy of their actions. You feel happy when they praise you and feel sad when they criticize you. It is a disaster: your life and mood are affected by other people and their constantly changing views.
Allah, the most ever generous, has always given us a spiritual alternative and this is summarized in being famous in the heavens and hereafter.
If we focus on the prophet saying, as narrated by Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel saying, ‘Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.’ Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. ‘Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,’ and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth.”
Have we ever asked ourselves: are we famous among the inhabitants of the heaven? We see people dying every day, famous as well as unknown, but life continues. No celebrity managed to take with them their followers or money or castles or jets. They are gone with their deeds only.
We shouldn’t beg for or run after being attractive in the eyes of people. This is fake. We shouldn’t subject our mood to people and destroy our lives, health and family.
It is enough to be seen, praised and known by your creator, Allah, for doing the good with lowest profile possible. This is the real and authentic life we want to live.