Transliteration:Qul hathihi sabeelee adAAoo ila Allahi AAala baseeratin ana wamani ittabaAAanee wasubhana Allahi wama ana mina almushrikeena
The answer may lie within the question itself. Consider those folks who spend all of their waking hours chasing after the dollar and then throwing it away on the nonsense of the material world and then going after more dollars to do the same thing again, week after week, month after month and year after year until they run out of time. Why do they do this? Could it be they are actually trying to deny the thing inside of them that is trying to remind them of a Day that is coming? (I know I was). Are they looking for distractions and pleasures of this world and trying to make it last? (I was). Do they think they will be able to amass enough wealth and property and position on this earth that somehow they will be able to defeat the Angel of Death? (some have told me they have this notion).
Frankly brother, I cannot speak for all of the non-Muslims even though I was one. But, I feel comfortable to say that you would most likely find a different reason inside the head of each person. Just as there are no two fingerprints that are exactly alike, I feel sure many people are doing what they are doing for different reasons. But generally I think we could say what Allah has told us about people in the Quran, and that seems to fit the question best. Here are some verses from Allah’s Book, which you probably know better than me, after which I will make a closing comment:
The mutual rivalry for amassing wealth and worldly things has distracted you, Until you enter your graves
Woe unto every slandering backbiter, Who has gathered wealth and counts it, He thinks that his wealth will make him last forever,
Nay, you prefer the life of this world; Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting.
As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honor and gifts, he then says (puffed up): My Lord has honored me!
But when He tries him, by restricting his means of life, he says, My Lord has humiliated me!
Verily, Allah has created man in toil. Does he think that none can overcome him? He says (boastfully): I have wasted wealth in great abundance!
Indeed he succeeds who purifies himself (by obeying Allah and submitting to Him). And indeed he fails who corrupts himself (by disobeying and refusing to submit to Allah or by being wicked and evil).
but he who is a greedy miser and thinks he is self-sufficient,
And gives the lie to Al-Husna, Allah will make smooth for him the path for evil (because he desires it);
And what will his wealth benefit him when he goes down (in destruction)
Verily, Allah created mankind in the best of stature (mould),
Then He reduced him to the lowest state of low,
Except for those who come to the correct belief (in La ilaha illal-Lah Muhammadur-Rasulullah) and do righteous deeds, then they shall have a reward without end (Jannah).
Then what (or who) causes you (disbelievers) to deny the Day of Recompense (payback or resurrection)?
But when He (Allah) delivered them, behold! They rebel (disobey Allah) in the earth wrongfully. O mankind! Your rebellion (disobedience of Allah) is only against yourselves, a brief enjoyment of this worldly life, then (in the end) unto Allah is your return, and He shall inform you of what you used to do.
Say (O Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him): Each one (human) does according to ‘Shakilatihi’ (his own way or religion or intentions) and your Lord Knows Best of those who are on the right path..
O Mankind! Fear your Lord (by keeping your duty to Him and avoiding evil), and fear a Day when no father can avail anything for his son, nor a son avail anything for his father. Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, let not this worldly present life deceive you, do not let the chief deceiver (Shaytan) deceive you about Allah.
O mankind! Verily, the Promise of Allah is true. So, let not this present life deceive you, do not let the chief deceiver (Shaytan) deceive you about Allah..
After reading the Quran, I came to better understand a lot of things about myself and perhaps about others like me as well. It could well be that inside all of us have an idea that there is something out there and yet we are trying to deny it for fear it would interfere with what we are doing here in this world.
It clearly seems to me all of us are going through pretty much the same thing here on earth. We all have desires and goals here in a place where we can see, hear, smell, taste, touch and experience what we call reality. It becomes a bit of a test for us to consider giving things up here for something that is in the future that we cannot see, hear, smell, taste, touch or experience.
And to make matters a bit more difficult for the one who doesn’t really want to sacrifice here, there is the advocate (the devil) who is unseen and always ready to misguide us all.
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no
god worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam
or a Muslim wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they
profess their belief that there is no god worthy of worship but
Allah and that Muhammad is His final messenger. Ashadu an la
ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah,
Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is the first of five
pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam. Belief in God is the
first of six pillars of faith.
Aliflamra kitabun anzalnahu ilayka litukhrija alnnasa mina alththulumati ila alnnoori biithni rabbihim ila sirati alAAazeezi alhameedi
In the entire universe, all power belongs to Allah, the only One Who can remove a person’s troubles and difficulties, and meet his needs. Sometimes people forget our Lord and take other guardians helpers for themselves, who they believe can provide them with power, honor, and help. But this is a delusion, for there is no other deity other than Allah.