Do you remember the Disney movie – Alice in Wonderland? One fine day, she went into the dark woods and came across a cat on top of the tree at a junction. She asked the cat: “Which way should I go?” The cat asked her: “Where do you want to go?” Alice answered: “I want to go somewhere”. Then the cat replied: “You are free to choose any route and it will bring you somewhere.”
So, what does Alice have to do with us in the reality? Often, we are blinded with the mirage of life. We see the material as the key to happiness. We seek pleasure from what we perceive as our needs. Chasing the worldly life like there’s no tomorrow. Wanting to achieve what others have and going green with envy with what they have. Realise it or not, we have chained ourselves to the world. Becoming a slave to the world. Overlooking our real role as a human and a slave to our God.
What really went wrong? Why have we let ourselves gone astray? The main justification would be when we separate our daily routine and religion. We lost the sense of achieving our ultimate goal – to go to Jannah. We rush for success. We crave for validation from others. We worry too much about what we can’t control. Forgetting that if we prioritise Allah in everything, everything will go well. Surah An-Nahl verse 64 beautifully explains the revelation of Quran should act as our guide.
And we have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muhammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. 
The fact that the world is temporary and Jannah is eternal should be rooted in our hearts. No doubt, we will get disoriented with our road map to heaven if we are not guided to seek the One. Despite our differences in circumstances and environment we are in, I believe that each of us has the responsibility to bring Islam to a higher level.
Seek knowledge in order to know Allah. Revive our reading habits. Refine our thinking behaviours. Use the Quran as our guidance. Relearn the history of Islam. Allah has left trails of knowledge for us to discover Him. We should never be vexed with different beliefs people hold. Each one of us has our own values. And for us Muslims, our values lie in obeying the Islamic teaching. Stay firm with our religion and never let other people impose their values on you. Dr Azizan Baharuddin, Director-General of Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) once said:
“Bear in mind that every second we count. Each second we spend on – will definitely be held accountable. As we breathe, there is God. Make religion useful for yourself and not keep it hanging dustily in the cupboard.”
Fasten your pace. Allah awaits us. Make an effort to reach our ultimate goal – JANNAH.