Qur’an Reflections 2: Focus on what you have

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

2:35
2:36

‘And We said, “O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat therefrom in [ease and] abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” But Satan caused them to slip out of it and removed them from that [condition] in which they had been…’ [Qur’an, 2:35-36]

Sometimes all we do is focus on the thing that we do not have or are not allowed to have. Allah gave Adam and Eve everything is Paradise and said simply: Do not approach this tree.
Adam and Eve slipped up, as is human to do. But it also teaches about our nature; despite being given so much, we tend to focus on those things we cannot have.
Are we focusing on alcohol when we can drink everything else? Are we fixated on a pre-marital relationship when we are encouraged to get married?
This is in the realm of what is permissible and what is not. If we truly trust in Allah, then we can understand that what is impermissible has a material and spiritual harm. It is for a wisdom that He knows.
We also learn something else at a metaphorical level: focusing on the things we don’t have and ignoring the things we have is the recipe for being unhappy- for removing ourselves ‘out of paradise’ as it were.
This is separate from being determined to achieve goals. Here we are talking about our internal state. We can want what is better without being angry at the present.
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