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|Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/01/01 at 00:18:16|
[summarized from Explanation of Forty Hadith an-Nawawi, trans. Jamal ad-Din
On the authority of Ibn Umar (ra) who said: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) took
hold of my shoulder and said, "Be in the world as if you were a stranger or
traveling along a path." Ibn Umar added: "If you survive till the afternoon, do
not expect [to be alive in ] the morning. If you survive till the morning, do not
expect [to be alive in] the late afternoon. Take from your health for your
sickness and from your life for your death." [Bukhari]
Many lessons are drawn from this hadith. The text says that the messenger of
Allah (pbuh) took hold of Ibn Umar's shoulder before saying the hadith. This
teaches an important lesson about the way in which Rasoolullah used to convey the
message. He would convey it in the best way. By touching Ibn Umar's shoulder, he
(pbuh) was trying to get his full attention so he would listen carefully and
remember the hadith. This is important for those who want to pass on the
knowledge of this deen - they must give attention to the message they convey and
the way in which they convey it. Also, the fact that Rasoolullah (pbuh) chose Ibn
Umar, a young companion at the time, to convey this important hadith is an
indicator that he (pbuh) knew that the youth of his generations would be the one's
to live on and convey the knowledge to many generations to come.
The meaning of the hadith is that the believer should not put his heart and hopes
into this world because it is fleeing and decieving. The true believer should not
be emotionally affected by a loss or gain of anything in this world because it is
insignificant compared to the hereabter. He becomes a stranger in this world
because his real home is in the hereafter. You don't find a man who is travelling
spending all his time and money building and furnishing a luxurious home at one of
his rest stops along the way. Rather, you find him having few provisions, just
enough to sustain him, until her reaches his final destination - the place that he
hopes and dreams of and the place that he is working hard to arrive at. Such is
the parable of the believer. He doesn't spend his time and money and effort for
this world, which is just a short span of time compared to the eternal life in
Jannah. Likewise, the stranger behaves like he is in a foreign land. He is
neither happy nor settled unless he feels that he is doing something that will
lead him back to his home. And so, the true believer is constantly directed
towards the life in the hereafter, hoping for the pleasure of meeting Allah and
living in Jannah, taking few provisions on the way through this short and temporal
The believer who understands and implements this hadith will find himself high
above this worldly life rather than a slave to it.
"O you who believe, respond to Allah and His Messenger when they call you to that
which will give you (true) life..."
|Re: Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/04/01 at 10:42:41|
This is an extract from "The Purification of the Soul" on the same subject.
"Know that the life of this world is only playing about and idle talk and showing off and boasting amongst yourselves, and competing in wealth and children. It is like a crop after rain whose growth pleases the farmer - but then it dries up, and you see it turn yellow, and then it becomes straw. (57:20)
In this life, the sons of Adam are divided into two types: The first type denies the existence of an abode which awaits Allah's servants after this life is over, where reward and punishment are experienced. These are the ones about whom Allah says:
"Surely those who do not look forward in their meeting with Us, but are pleased with the life of this world and feel secure in it, and those who do not pay attention to Our signs - their abode will be the Fire, because of what they used to earn." (10:7-8 )
Such people have only one concern, which is to enjoy life and pursue all its pleasures - and the Exalted says:
"And those who reject take it easy and eat like cattle eat - and the Fire will be their abode." (47:12)
The second type are those who accept that there is an abode after death where there is both reward and punishment. These are the ones who follow the Messengers. They fall into three categories: those who are unjust to themselves, those who are mean to themselves, and those who are swift in doing good deeds, by the will of Allah.
First, those who are unjust to themselves form the majority. Most of them are content with the blossoms of this life and its pleasures, helping themselves to them and using them in ways which Allah has not commanded. The world appears to them to be their greatest concern, and with it they are satisfied; they only love and hate for its sake.
These are the people who play about and chatter and are diverted by the attractions of this world. Although they may believe in the akhira in a general way, they have not discovered what this life is meant for, nor are they aware that it is only a stopping place where provisions for the final journey can be acquired.
Second, those who are mean to themselves are those who take what is permitted from this world and fulfil their duties in it, but who then pursue what lies beyond these duties for the sake of their own pleasure and in order to enjoy the delights of this world.
Such people will not be punished for doing so, but heir pleasure seekign will result in their rank being diminished.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "If it had not been for the fact that my station in the Garden might be diminished , I would have imitated you in your life of ease, but Allah has warned some people by saying: "You squandered the good things that you had in the life of the world, and you sought contentment in them." (46:20)
Third, those ho are swift in doing good deeds are the ones who understand what this wold is meant for, and they act accordingly. They know that Allah has only put His servants in this world in order to see which of them have the best actions:
"Surely We have put what is on the earth as a glittering show so that We may test them, as to which of them have the best actions." (18:7)
This means that Allah has put what is on the earth in order to test us, to see who is going to avoid the pleasures of this world and look for success in the next world, for:
"And surely We shall turn what is on it into a heap of dust." (18:8 )
Those who race to do good deeds only take from this world whatever previsions are necessary for the journey. The Messenger of Allah [saw] said, "What have I to do with this world? As regards this world, I am like a rider who rests under the shade of a tree, and then continues his journey and leaves it."
The Prophet also told Ibn Umar, "Be in this life as if you were a stranger or a wayfarer."
Whenever the intention behind taking pleasure in what is halal is the obedience and worship of Allah, then the enjoyment of such pleasures is regarded as an act of obedience for which the servant is rewarded.
As Mu'adh ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "I look forward to Allah's reward for the time which I spend asleep, just as I look forward to it for the time which I spend awake."
Sa'id ibn Jubair said, "The provisions of arrogance and pride are what distracts you from the akhira. The provisions that do not distract you are the ones which you need - in order to reach what is better than the provisions themselves."
Yahya ibn Mu'adh said, "How can I not love this world in which I have been blessed with sustenance that gives me life, when I use this life for worship by means of which I can earn the reward of the Garden?"
Abu Safwan ar-Ra'ini was once asked, "What is the life of this world which is criticized in the Qur'an, and which those who are prudent should avoid?" He replied, "Every thing that you do in this world with the intention of making a profit in this world is blameworthy, and everything that you do in order to profit in the next world has nothing to do with this world."
Al-Hassan said, "How sweet and good the life of this world is for the mumin - for without having to make too much effort, he takes his provision from it for the Garden; and how awful the life of this world is for the kafir and the munafiq - for they waste their nights and they take their provision from it for the Fire!"
Awn ibn Abdullah said, "This life and the next life hang in the balance in the heart as if on scales. Whichever one predominates, the other becomes lighter and less significant." Wahab said, "This life and the next life are like a man with two wives. If he pleases one he incurs the wrath of the other."
Abu'd-Darda said, "If you swear to me that a certain man is the most God-fearing amongst you, I wil swear to you that he is the best amongst you."
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud addressed some people saying, "You have undertaken more good actions than the companions of the Messenger of Allah [saw] ever did, but they are still better than you are because they turned away from worldly pleasures and gains."
|Re: Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/02/01 at 01:15:19|
Alhumdullilah great reminders. Jazak Allah khairen. :)
|Re: Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/04/01 at 02:46:32|
Asim, is [i]Purification of the Soul[/i] on the web now? Where?
|Re: Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/04/01 at 09:57:31|
|Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullah,|
Asim, is Purification of the Soul on the web now?[/quote]
Well, I only know of the first few chapters that you can find on jannah.org. The piece above I typed it out myself.
|Re: Reminder of Akhirah|
|02/05/01 at 16:51:49|
|[quote]Abu Safwan ar-Ra'ini was once asked, "What is the life of this world which is criticized in the Qur'an, and which those who are prudent should avoid?" He replied, "Every thing that you do in this world with the intention of making a profit in this world is blameworthy, and everything that you do in order to profit in the next world has nothing to do with this world."|
I find this very beautiful. It reminds us to correct our intentions and the proper intention (striving for the hereafter) is what distinguishes good deeds from wasted ones. We all work tirelessly all day-soubhanAllah, if we only correct our intentions and act accordingly, all that work will actually be worth something. May Allah unite us in the hereafter-in jannah!
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