The Life in this World

بسْم الله الرّحْمن الرّحيم، اللّهمّ صلِّ على سيّدنا محمّدٍ وآله

 وصحْبه وسلِّم

They used to enjoy eating, sleeping and having intercourse just like you. They hardly thought of their impending deaths just like you... Imam Hasan al-Basri ra. said, "Death exposes the lowliness/reality of life in this World, leaving no joy in the hearts of men with intellect"

“And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and [then] it becomes dry remnants, scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability.Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.” al-Kahfi:45-46     (Remember to recite al-Kahfi on Friday(today) for protection against the fitnah of Dajjal)

Allah ta’ala inspired to Moses upon whom be peace, “O Moses, if I love a servant, I will keep the World away from him, this is how I treat my lovers, O Moses! If you see wealth drawing near, say, “This is a punishment, hastened, for our sins.” If you see poverty approaching, say, “Welcome to the signpost(poverty) of the pious.”

Allah Most Exalted is He said, “The most lightest of punishment that I inflict upon a man of knowledge who becomes attached to the World is I remove the sweetness he experience in intimate conversation with Me.”

Allah ta’ala inspired to ‘Isa/Jesus upon whom be peace, “O ‘Isa, relate to the Children on Israel to remember these two phrases : “Tell them to be content with little wealth for the benefit of their religion, like how the lover of the world/wealth are content with little of religion for the benefit of their worldly life.”

  Imam Hasan al-Basri said, “May Allah bless the one who wears old clothes, eats dry bread, whose bed is the ground, who weeps over his sins and is in continuous Divine worship.”

Indeed this is the way of The Prophet Jesus and The Prophet Muhammad they are the foremost of ascetics. May we not claim to be their followers if we have greed for the world and wealth in our hearts!

Abu Hazim al-Madani said, “Whatever has passed from this world(your life ) was just a dream while whatever is left (in the future) are also just dreams(that are not certain). When his wife told him, “Indeed winter is coming, we should prepare storing food, clothes and firewood,” he replied, “All of that is not certain, but what is certain for us is death, the Resurrection after that, standing, facing Allah ta’ala after which is either heaven or hell.”

Malik ibn Dinar said, “If the heart is overpowered by attachment to the world, all advice you give to it will be in vain.” 

In a hadith, ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir r.a. said, the Messenger of Allah said, “I am not afraid that you will associate anything with Allah in worship after (my demise, but I apprehend that you will vie with one another for the life of the world.”

The world is bound for destruction, (the signs of which is everywhere) and the most destroyed is the heart of those who indulge in it. The Hereafter is full of indulgences and the heart of those who seeks it glows with life.

May our remembrance be the remembrance of Death and the Hereafter. May our hearts long for the eternal abode of peace in the company of the martyrs, men of Truth, men of piety and Prophets of Allah. May the destructions, the disasters, accidents, corruption, the racism, the hatred, the oppression, the injustice, the greed, the suffering of the life in this world make us long for the Hereafter and work towards it for it is eternal. May we be in the morning as if we are going to die in the afternoon and be in the afternoon as if we are going to die in the evening and be in the evening as if we won’t live to see the sun rise, for death is certain and no one knows when it’ll come. 

The Messenger of Allah upon whom be the blessings of Allah forever said:

  • “Love of the world(the wealth, the fineries etc.) is a sin that cannot be forgiven.”
  • “Whoever loves the Life after death will sacrifice his Life in this world, and whoever loves his Life in this worldwill sacrifice his Life after death, therefore prioritise the eternal (the life after death) from the impending destruction (life in this world).

May Allah make us among those whose hearts are disgusted by the attractions/allurement/adornments of this world!  Imam asy-Syafi’i ra. said, “If the Life in this world were to be sold in the market, I would not purchase it even at the meagre price of a piece of bread as I see ugliness/repulsiveness in it.” Fudhail ibn Iyadh r.a. said, “The world is as repulsive to me as a carcass is repulsive to you such that you avoid getting your clothes soiled by it.” Subhan Allah!

Lets Reflect…

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem…

Do they not contemplate within themselves? Allah has not created the heavens and the earth and what is between them except in truth and for a specified term. And indeed, many of the people, in [the matter of] the meeting with their Lord, are disbelievers.   – Ar-Rum, verse 8

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Reflection is one of the higher forms of ‘ibadah as it is said that an hour of reflection outweighs years upon years of ‘ibadah. Through reflection of the Signs of Allah, the heart expands with lights of certainty and faith. It is unfortunate that mankind are usually to engrossed in their daily activities to have time for reflection. Furthermore, the prescence of ‘tools of distractions’ such as the TV, Internet, Games, not to mention the various gadgets available these days,  keeps the mind busy from being able to slow down, stop and reflect.

The mind of man can be likened to a ‘monkey’ that jumps from one thought to another, one desire to another. Thus, out of His Mercy Allah ta’ala, commanded ‘ibadah like dhikr, prayer and fasting to help silence and subdue the monkey mind and concentrate upon Allah. Praise be to Him for apportioning times in our daily routine for remembrance of Him wherewith our hearts find rest and peace! 

May the following wonders of creations within ourselves(that we are often heedless of) which the verse earlier stated, increase our awe and certainty. Amin!

  • The human eye works by some 40 different parts functioning together. 
  • If water were only slightly more viscous, it would be impossible for blood to be transported through the body’s capillary system.
  • Immune system elements that the baby needs, such as antibodies  or defense cells, are given to the baby ready-made in the mother’s milk. 
  • A single brain can process work equivalent to that of 4.5 million transistors on a modern microprocessor. 
  • The nasal bones are especially structured so that the air inhaled can go to the lungs only after circulating several times in the nose and thus warming up. 
  • A liver cell is specialized enough to perform more than 500 operations at a time.
  • The heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day. –can we beat our own heart? how about the smallest creature with a heart?
  • A normal human body has about 5 billion capillaries whose total length, if stretched out, is about 950 kilometers  

We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?   -Fussilat, verse 53.

Of course, besides our own created form, we are urged to reflect upon the verses of the Qur’an, the briefness of our life in this world, the Ressurection Day, the Hereafter, other creations of Allah. The best method to do reflection as told by our Shaykh is to be in wudhu’ (pure mental and physical state) and while doing dhikrullah

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The Difficulty to understand the Hereafter

If there was method by which a baby in the mother’s womb could be told that he has to leave the world in which he was, to go forth into another world which is much more spacious and where there are waterfalls, trees, the ‘pillarless’ sky, animals, peoples, sun, moon, different hues of colours, smells and sounds, the baby will not believe such a description.

And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. – Luqman, verse 27

On emerging from the womb, after several years, he comes to realise the intricacies of this world. However, there are still some aspects of a human life which he does not become aware of till he attains maturity. The next world stands in the same relationship with this material world as does the latter with the mother’s womb. Matters of the world to come is incomprehensible to us in this world. That is so even soon after death. The soul is therefore retained in barzakh where the soul achieves understanding of some things of the other world. The other world holds such pleasures before which pleasures of even the worldly days of adulthood or maturity are nothing. The short duration of the pleasures of adulthood is itself an argument of its lowliness!

Wallahu ‘alam!

 

1. for further facts of the human body to marvel at :- www.evidencesofcreation.com

2. an Excerpt from Tarbiatul ‘Ushaq – The Training of Divine Lovers with minor modifications