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All Eyes to the Hereafter

The one single factor that loudly and boldly screams out and signals the unmistakable Sunnah-identity of a Muslim in this world, is his/her embrace with Shariat-ul-Islam. Alhamdulillah, the world has been created for its inhabitants to live and benefit from the countless bounties showered upon us by Allah Ta’ala.

Juxtaposed to the above … i.e. in stark contrast to the above … we have been created for the aakhira (the hereafter). The dunya (world) is merely an “in-transit-area”. It also serves as a powerful reminder of the world to come … the eternal hereafter. For a moment let us just ponder about the cosmetic and superficial adornments (make-ups) of this world: so many attractions, distractions and entertainments!

The question that begs to be asked: What is in store for us in the hereafter?

It is precisely for this reason that a Muslim is constantly reminded about the fear of being attracted, mesmerised and hynotised by this temporary sojourn (stay) in this world. Similarly, a Believer is also warned about the futile amassment (accumulation) of material wealth in this fleeting world. This is clearly nothing more than one of the devil’s (shaytaan’s) dangerous, deadly and deceptive darts (arrows) … in effect, a whiff of demonic patronage.

The Glorious Quran-e-Kareem and the Mubarak Sunnah constantly urge the Muslim to shun the
“… whiff of demonic patronage”, and be rather occupied with the accumulation of the currency (sawaab) for the aakhira (the hereafter).

In reality, the process is simple.

A Believer ought to constantly strive to think good, be good and do good. Our Allah Ta’ala has blessed us with a myriad of marvelous and awe-inspiring virtues. More importantly, He has also truly conferred and bestowed us with the exquisite and Mubarak (beautified and sanctified) life-style of our beloved Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his illustrious companions (RA). The following are only some illustrations of this wholesome lifestyle. Our Leader, Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam):

  • used to spend freely on the needy;
  • used to spend and care for the destitute and the widows;
  • remains an unparalleled exemplar (model) of “abiding love”, “kindness”, “mercy”, “the most trustworthy”, “the most honest”, etc.; 
  • was untiringly engaged in Da’wah (inviting) to the disbelievers to the path of haq (truth); 
  • used to painstakingly explain the wahdaaniyat (oneness) of Allah Ta’ala; 
  • engage in negotiations with the Leaders of the different tribes of the Arabian Peninsula and other “countries”; and
  • even won the hearts of his severest critics and enemies.

The mind is baffled : that a simple, easy and effortless act of a smile, removing an obstacle from the pathway, a petty favour, or even a goodly word to someone is heaped with compounding sawaab (rewards). Helping someone in their hour of distress - morally or materially - is indeed a lofty act in the “sight” of Allah Ta’ala.

The Noble Quran-e-Kareem, as well as the Hadith bare clear testimony to all of the above and lay great stress on emulating this simple, but potent process. It is indeed difficult to believe that just meeting and greeting a fellow Muslim with the bounteous prescribed greeting (salaam) is an extremely noble and rewarding act.

Time is indeed very valuable and every moment lost in one’s life is a massive loss. Once gone, such invaluable moments can never be recouped … it is therefore most wise and advisable to spend it most profitably.

It is only when a Believer fully concedes in his heart the reality of the temporariness of this mortal world, and the everlasting nature of the hereafter, does he begin to view this world as being transitory. Subsequently, he also then acknowledges that he is merely a simple and strange “traveller-in-transit” … with a more permanent destination.

Darul Ihsan Centre

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