By thinking that I can have everything here, my hope was not in meeting with God. My hope was in dunya. But what does it mean to place your hope in dunya? How can this be avoided?
It means when you have friends, don't expect your friends to fill your emptiness. When you get married, don't expect your spouse to fulfill your need. When you're an activist, don't put your hope in the results. When you're in trouble don't depend on yourself. Don't depend on people. Depend on God.
Seek the help of people - realize that it is not the people or even your own self can save you. Only Allah does. The people are only tools, a means used by God. But they are not the source of help, aid, or salvation of any kind. Only God is.
Remember the story of Ibrahim, a.s. The moon, the sun and the stars let him down. Remember the people around us. They let us down.
So Prophet Ibrahim a.s was thereby led to face Allah alone. Like him, we need to put our full hope, trust and de…