On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (ra), who said: The Messenger of Allah (saws)took me by the shoulder and said:
“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler.”
What does this mean to me? That this dunya is not our ultimate destination. A traveler does not make himself at home for too long at any one place along his journey. A stranger is always strange to his surroundings. If he becomes too familiar with them, he is no longer a stranger.
We are not to become too friendly with this dunya. Doing so will distract us from our ultimate destination – Allah (swt) and Jannah, inshaAllah.
So what is my goal in this life? To make the people around me happy? Not if it is at the expense of my deen. That’s my ticket to my ticket to my final destination, thank you very much. Certainly, we are kind to those around us, but if they want us to shed aspects of our religion that displease them, be it clothing, jihad, daily prayer, eating zabiha, we can do without them.
They would love to see you deny the truth even as they have denied it, so that you should be like them. (4:89)
Allah (swt) tells us that they will never be happy with us until we are like them. So if we give up a piece of the deen here, a piece of the deen here to appease them, eventually we’ll have nothing left.
Islam is our path and reaching Allah (swt) is our goal. Is every action you take for Allah (swt)? If your actions aren’t helping you along that path, then why are you doing them?