Its the REMINDER TIME to set things right for HEREAFTER LIFE!

Its the REMINDER TIME to set things right for HEREAFTER LIFE!

Must read in full - A Reminder

Death is not the absolute end. It is just the discontinuation of unity between the body and soul. It is a change from one state to another and a transition from this present life to that of the hereafter. The purpose of our existence is the worship of Allah (God) as mentioned in the Book of Allah (God):

“And I [Allaah] (God) created not the Jinns (Evil) and Men except that they should worship Me [alone]”
[Qur'an, Soorah az-Zariyat (51: 56)]

This life, which we are living, is the testing ground for which there shall be only two consequences, Paradise or Hellfire. Unfortunately more than often we disregard death, as we are so attached to this world and the love of which has been established in our hearts.

“Certainly, they see it as distant, but We see it as near”
[Qur'an, Soorah al-Ma’arij (70: 6-7)]

Death only becomes a reality when a close beloved one dies. The heart feels heavy, the eyes shed tears and there is, at that moment, a present fear of death. If we were to spend even a single moment each day thinking about death, it would bring forth many concerns? The greatest being our Hereafter:

”He Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you is best in deed.”
[Qur'an, Al-Mulk (67:21)]

So we stop and consider what we are doing with our time and where we are heading, and then realize that much of it is wasted in light talk, in laughing, in pursuing that which is not going to benefit our Hereafter.

One of the Salaf said: “Three characteristics are from Eemaan (Faith): Modesty, Chastity and Withholding of the tongue, not the with holding of the heart and actions. These are things which cause gain in the Hereafter and loss in this life, and what is gained in the next life is greater than what is lost in this world.”
[Reported by Abdur-Razzaaq in his Musannaf from A'oon ibn Abdullaah]

“This World in comparison with the world to come is just like one of you putting his finger in the sea. Let him consider what it returns with.”
[Saheeh Muslim (eng. trans. vol.4 p.1486 no.6843)]

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) explained how this world is not even worth the wing of a mosquito! And how small is a mosquito, and then the wing of a mosquito, so what is the worth of the world we run after and are dearly attached to?

The Messenger of Allaah (God) (Peace Be Upon Him) referred to death as "the destroyer of desires.”
[Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah & Nasaai and authenticated by Sheikh al-Albanee in al-Mishkaat (1/1607)]

Because when each one of us remembers the awesome reality of death and what is to follow after that, our present desires and wordy concerns seem so insignificant and futile, and the life of the Hereafter becomes our goal and we become interested in the means to attain that goal. We find that the Companions of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) excelled on this point and were not deluded by the amusements of this world, knowing that love for this world would injure their Paradise.

Hence, they faced trials and every hardship with the knowledge that a weighty judgement was yet to come and a full compensation yet to be paid, so they had hope and fear in Allah (God), without exaggerated optimism or disparity.

“O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the cause of Allah (God) [ie. Jihaad] you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter?"
[Qur'an, Soorah at-Taubah (9:38)]

Regarding the shaheed (martyr), the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Nobody who enters Paradise will (ever like to) return to this world, even if be were offered everything on the surface of the earth, except the martyr who will desire to return to this world and be killed ten times for the sake of the great honor that has been bestowed upon him.”
[Saheeh Muslim (eng. trans. vol.3 p 1045 no.4635)]

Let us see how these words affected the hearts and lives of the Companions, as we reflect upon one.

❝One who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of it’s doer.❞
 [Sahih Muslim Vol: 3, No; 4665]

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