How Are We Preparing For The Aakhirah?

All Praise belong to ALLAH TA’ALA. HE Who does not slumber but is Ever Awake, Ever Aware. Aware of the condition of HIS servants; Aware of our needs and yearnings; aware of our desires and dreams. All Praise belong to ALLAH TA’ALA, Who has blessed us with the greatest guide and mentor Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), in order to inspire us towards the Ultimate Dream, the Ultimate
Reality… Everlasting Paradise.

Al-Hamdulillah! Islam is a complete way of life and has left no aspect of life without guidance and direction. And the beauty of it we are crowned with the priceless gift of Imaan, Subhaan-ALLAH! It is incumbent upon every Muslim to worship ALLAH TA’ALA and to follow the Sunnah of HIS beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Yet how few of us acquire that ability in this day and age, when everything has to be bigger and better. By competing with each other in worldly possessions, trying to dress the best, having the best houses… Whatever it is the list is un-ending. But if these are your aims, then I suggest that you think again. Let us follow the Saaliheen and make our lives in the Aakhirah better, while we are still in this world.

“Temptations of this world are many, men and women are weak but are probably not of sound mental judgment, who in their right senses would want to succumb to a measly pleasure of this temporary abode, when superseding pleasure beyond their wildest imaginations awaits them for all eternity?”

This world is just an illusion with all it’s trappings. We can be ensnared by all the glitter and glamour that it holds. But when we remember our Creator, we adjust our way of thinking and realize that this world and all it holds is but temporary. We as Mu’mins should ask ourselves how are we preparing for the Aakhirah? Gentle and discerning reader! ALLAH TA’ALA has given us the freedom of choice. Choose the correct Imaan and Aqeedah, and, by ALLAH TA’ALA you shall never regret. The following are beautiful examples of our beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and His Companions and their ways of preparing for the Aakhirah.

Ibn Umar (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that on one occasion, Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) took him by the shoulder and spoke to him. He (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Be in this world as a stranger or as a pilgrim passing by”. He (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) also said, “At night, do not anticipate the day and during the day, do not await for the night. Use your good health before you fall sick and take full advantage of your life before death overtakes you”.

This Hadith teaches us how to restrict our expectations of this world in a perfect way; and it also cautions us against thinking that this world is the end of the journey. We should guard ourselves against any feelings of ease in this world and always embrace the idea of our journey to the Aakhirah. We must always occupy ourselves in the preparations of this journey. This was a message which was brought by all the previous Messengers of ALLAH TA’ALA to their people.

ALLAH TA’ALA mentions a verse in the Qur’aan Sharief in which Musa (Alaihis Salaam) said to his nation, “O my people, Indeed this worldly life is but a swift and passing enjoyment. And definitely the life in the Hereafter is the Everlasting Abode”. [Qur’aan 40: 39]

Ali Ibn Abi Thalib is reported to have said, “People spend their entire lives being concerned with this world, which is departing; while they neglect to prepare for the next life which is approaching”.

Umar Bin Abdul Aziz (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said during a lecture of his,“This world is not for your settlement, ALLAH TA’ALA has decreed that it and it’s inhabitants be annihilated. So excel in your preparation for the journey by acquiring the most efficient means of transport. Take with you the necessary provisions. And remember always that the best of provisions is Taqwa (consciousness of ALLAH TA’ALA)”. This is how our pious predecessors lived their lives in order to be successful in the Aakhirah.

Beloved reader! Be concerned about your Aakhirah. Do something constructive today, and you shall never regret tomorrow. Do not procrastinate, for procrastination is the thief of time. Do not leave anything for tomorrow, for tomorrow never comes. Do remember that today is the tomorrow of yesterday.

Therefore, beloved reader, do something right here, right now. Make a start right now and In’Shaa’ALLAH, you shall never regret. Whatever good you do on ALLAH’S earth today you shall see it tomorrow in the Aakhirah. ALLAH, Most High, tells us in the Qur’aan Sharief, “Thus the person who does an atoms worth of good (today) shall see it (tomorrow in the Aakhirah), and the one who does an atoms worth of evil (today) shall see it (in the Aakhirah tomorrow)”. [Qur’aan 99:7-8]

Beloved Reader! Let us thread this path that shall lead to our Beloved ALLAH’S Love and Jannah. For by ALLAH TA’ALA, I love you to have Jannah just as I love it for myself.

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