The Reality of This World

Date: 6th March 2015; 14th Jumada al-Ula 1436

We have been sent to this world for us to worship Allah. The believers are in fact the ones who solely focus on the life of the Akhirah. Everything else becomes secondary. We are here in this world temporarily just like a traveller who goes from one place to another without any permanent residence in this world. One Hadith states:

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “My similitude and that of the life of this world is that of a traveler who took a rest at midday under a shade of a tree and then left it.”

References: Musnad of Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullah Allaih), Jami at-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah and Mustadrak of Imam al-Hakim (Rahmatullah Allaih).

Our permanent residence is actually in Jannah and we need to put more effort about our afterlife if we actually wish to see ourselves as an inheritor of Paradise.

All of us need to leave this world, no matter how much we like to stay here or not, this is the ultimate universal truth.

When we face chaos in our society, some of us may doubt over Allah’s existence. Allah is always everywhere and will always watch over us. He is waiting for the Day of Judgement, the day when all the injustice done to oppressed will be resolved. The Quran states:

And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].

Surah Ibrahim, Ayah 42 (14:42) Translation: Sahih International

In Islamic Shariah, a man charged with one murder is faced with the death penalty after the charge has been proven. Another man charged with murder cases, now let’s say for murdering 100 people in his lifetime will also face the death penalty. If we compare the verdicts, we will see that both of the verdicts are actually same- “death penalty”. The best we can do is to torture that man to death but that again won’t be fair and also won’t reflect a proper justice being served. We are in fact no one to judge anyone properly, our rights in this world has been constricted because Allah will be the Supreme Judge on the Day of Judgement and He will judge each and every crime uniquely based on its multitude.

The people who are dutiful towards Allah, they will be rewarded by their Lord, Himself. We have our government honoring dignified people of our nation by giving gold medals. That is all this world can truly offer. But the honor of Allah will be such that the pleasure we get from it will never diminish. The Quran states:

For them who have done good is the best [reward] and extra. No darkness will cover their faces, nor humiliation. Those are companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally.

Surah Yunus, Ayah 26 (10:26) Translation: Sahih International

The punishment for the wrongdoers in this world is very minute compared to Allah’s punishments, which have different degrees based on the severity of the committed sins. We have lifetime imprisonment for this world which can even end on the next day if that person dies but in Hell, a person can even be imprisoned for five million years and there he won’t ever die.

Death is the bridge between this life and the next. A person with good deeds will be presented with his good deeds on his right hand and based on this he must give all his account to Allah.

So as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, “Here, read my record!

Surah Al- Haqqah, Ayah 19 (69:19) Translation: Sahih International

This world was never meant to be perfect. That is why we neither won’t be rewarded nor punished at the fullest. Imagine the  whole world filled with mustard seeds and one bird only is sent to collect one grain every thousand years one day this grain of mustard will finish but the Torment of Hell fire will never finish.

After leaving the Masjid, no one can guarantee whether anyone of us can reach our homes safely. Life is complicated but death is very simple. A man around 60-70 years of age will certainly remain unsuccessful in his life if he does not turn towards his Deen, despite the fact that he may earned a lot in his life.

Earning wealth is permitted but it should be made according to the Islamic rules and regulation. But even the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to be fearful regarding our never ending love for wealth.

One Hadith states:

Narrated ‘Amr bin ‘Auf Al-Ansari (Radi Allahu Anhu): (who was an ally of Bam ‘Amr bin Lu’ai and one of those who had taken part in (the Ghazwa of) Badr): Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sent Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarreh to Bahrain to collect the Jizya. Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had established peace with the people of Bahrain and appointed Al-‘Ala’ bin Al-Hadrami as their governor. When Abu ‘Ubaida came from Bahrain with the money, the Ansar heard of Abu ‘Ubaida’s arrival which coincided with the time of the morning prayer with the Prophet. When Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) led them in the morning prayer and finished, the Ansar approached him, and he looked at them and smiled on seeing them and said, “I feel that you have heard that Abu. ‘Ubaida has brought something?” They said, “Yes, O Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)‘ He said, “Rejoice and hope for what will please you! By Allah, I am not afraid of your poverty but I am afraid that you will lead a life of luxury as past nations did, whereupon you will compete with each other for it, as they competed for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 53, Hadith Number 385

Allah clearly mentions about our relentless effort in gaining wealth being regarded as being worthless in Surah Takathur.

Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you

Until you visit the graveyards.

No! You are going to know.

Then no! You are going to know.

No! If you only knew with knowledge of certainty…

You will surely see the Hellfire.

Then you will surely see it with the eye of certainty.

Then you will surely see it with the eye of certainty.

Surah At-Takathur, Ayahs 1-8 (102:1-8)

A poor man will enter Jannah 500 years before a rich man, since latter has less amount of wealth, he does not need to give a long account of all his earnings. Hadith states:

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (Radi Allahu Anhu), who said: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) who said: “The poor Muslims will enter Paradise 500 years earlier than the rich.”

References: Jami At-Tirmidhi. This Hadith has been rated Sahih by Imam Tirmidhi (Rahmatullah Allaih).

Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (Rahmatullah Allaih) said: “This world is like a shadow, run after it and you will never be able to catch it, turn your back against it and it has no choice but to follow you.”

This is the reality of this world. All our wealth will one day come to an end. On the Day of Judgement, until and unless we have answered five questions, none of us can even move one inch. Hadith states:

It was narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (Radi Allahu Anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The son of Adam will not be dismissed from before his Lord on the Day of Resurrection until he has been questioned about five things: his life and how he spent it, his youth and how he used it, his wealth and how he earned it and how he disposed of it, and how he acted upon what he acquired of knowledge.”

Reference: Jami at-Tirmidhi, Hadith 2422. Classed as Hasan by Shaykh al-Albani (Rahmatullah Allaih) in Sahih al-Tirmidhi

In present days all us possess so many pockets in all our garments but one should realize that when we will be covered with the kafran cloth after our death, we won’t have any pocket. None of us won’t be allowed to carry any possessions in the grave along with us.

If we just understood the reality of our lives, we would have disposed all our enjoyment and cry for the mercy of Allah. Hadith states:

Narrated by Anas (Radi Allahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “If you knew that which I know, you would laugh little and weep much.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Hadith 493

All of us are in fact indulged in acquiring wealth at an alarming rate without understanding what will be the aftermath of our continuous obsession. The only way we can hope to achieve success in real terms is by following Allah’s commands as written in the Quran and following the ways of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).


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