at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Good in this World (pt. 2)


Please consider also the following Verses of the Holy Qur’an, which lay more stress and importance on the life Hereafter:

“Whoever desires the harvest of the life Hereafter, We will certainly increase his harvest.”

“Whoever desires this present world (and its benefits), We shall soon grant him whatever he desires; then We will make Hell his destination, wherein he will be thrown headlong, with disgrace. And whoever desires the Hereafter, and makes an effort to attain it, and he is a true Believer – those are the people whose efforts will be rewarded.” (Bani Israel: 18-19)

“And amongst you are those who desire this world only; and amongst you are those who desire the life Hereafter.” (Al-Imran: 152)

“These are the benefits of the life of this world; but with Allah is a very good abode.” (Al-Imran: 15)

“(O Prophet! Sallallho Alayhi Wasallam) say: “The benefit of this world is very little; but the life Hereafter is much better for those who fear Allah.”” (An-Nisa)

“The life of this world is nothing but a game and sport, and the House of the Hereafter is much better for the pious.” (Al-An’am: 32)

“And leave aside those who have made a jest of their religion, and they have become puffed up with this worldly life.” (Al-An’am: 70)

“You people desire the benefits of this present world only, but Allah desires the Hereafter (for you).” (Al-Anfal)

“Are you pleaed with the worldly life instead of the Hereafter? But the benefits of the life of the life of this world are as nothing, when compared to the Hereafter.” (At-Taubah)

“Whoever desires the life of this world, and all its adornments, we make their attempts therein fruitful, and nothing is decreased from their due. For them there is nothing but Fire in the Hereafter, whatever they performed (of some good-deeds) in the world has been destroyed, for whatever they did was absolutely false.” (Hud)

“And they have become pleased with the worldly life only; but the worldly life, when compared to the Hereafter, is but a small benefit.” (Al-Ar’ad)

“On them fell the wrath of Allah, and for them is a great chastisement. It is because they preferred the life of this world to the Hereafter.” (Al-Nahl)

There are many other Verses in which the life of this world and the Hereafter have been compared. I cannot mention all of them, but I have quoted a few of them as examples. Basically, the mora of all the Verses is that those who prefer this world to the Hereafter will be losers in the long run. If you cannot properly deal with both the worlds, then the life Hereafter is preferable, and you should fulfil its requirements. I admit that this world and the requisites if the life here are unavoidable needs, yet note that no sensible person would keep sitting in the toilet, even though one is compelled to visit the toilet.

If we carefully study the Shariat, we will have to admit that it has prescribed a proper place for our worldly activities and religious duties. We have been commanded to devote one half of our time to the Prayers, and we may spend the rest of our time in our worldly pursuits, whether we devote it to rest or to earning our living. According to this plan, we can maintain a balance between the two, and can carry out our duties about our Religion as well as about our worldly life. So, if we devote ourselves wholly or mainly to the worldly requirements, then we are unjust and negligent. The sense of justice requires that we should be faithful to both, that is, to the requisites of life as well as to the Hereafter, so that both are catered for because Islam does not advocate withdrawal from this word. That is meant by the Verse:

“O Lord! Give us good in this world and in the Hereafter, and save us from the Fire (of Hell).” (2:201)

[Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalvi (rahmatullah alayh) in ‘Virtues of Tabligh’, page 25-2]

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