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Ever played a video game? When we mastered it and made it to the final stage it brought us joy and a sense of achievement. At that stage many have said, ‘if only life was like a video game.’ Well, life can be compared to a game.

Your game comes with a handbook and game controllers. The handbook contains essential rules and strategies on how to play. Your controllers teach you which buttons to use in order to play effectively. The aim of the game is to reach the final stage with the most points and become the winner. However, games are never simple, there are various paths to choose from, bullets to dodge and an evil monster to defeat you. But there are also surprise boxes and tokens making your journey easier. Although you may never succeed at your game on the first attempt, you dodge those bullets, kill that monster and conquer the final stage. When you look back at the game you realise how easy it actually was.
Think of life as a game. Allah Ta’ala has provided the handbook: the Quraan which provides the rules on how to play this game. It also gives tips on making life easier. If weabide by the Quranic rules and ethics we win this game. There are many paths to take in life, but there is one set path put out for you by Allah. You may stray from time to time but eventually you will find your way home. Remember the tokens you collect in the game Mario Brothers? You were not forced to collect them but it sure did make that game easier. Think of the sunnah as those tokens. The more rewards we receive the better our chances are of making it to the final round.
Think of your points in the game as your good deeds. The aim is to finish the game with the most points. The aim is to end your life with the most rewards. The more good deeds you do the better your chances of attaining Paradise. The monster is the devil, always trying to make you stray from the path. The more tokens you get, the more ammunition against him you have. Our goal in life is to fight off the whisperings of the devil; this can only be done through our handbook and our tokens, the Quraan and the sunnah. So the next time you play a video game, look at your life and ask yourself, ‘are you playing according to the rules?’
Adapted from article by Suhaifa Naidoo
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