Saturday, January 30, 2010

next journey?

"Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense."
(Quran 3:185)

Imagine yourself at the moment of your death.

What thoughts cross your mind? Memories of family and friends? Panic? Regrets? Remembrance of Allah? What is death? What happens to us after we die? What is life in the Hereafter like, this new and strange world after death? Do we lose consciousness of this life? Where does our soul go? Do we feel and think the same?

Sometimes we may not want to know about the processes that occur after we die because we are afraid or don't want to think about it. However, this is not the attitude of a Muslim. We should be foremost in learning and understanding death, so we can live our lives accordingly.

The prophet (saw) said, "Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a traveler (passing through it)." [Muslim]

We are on a journey and should know about the whole journey's itinerary, not just one part.

No one knows where, how and when he or she will die.

"Verily, the knowledge of the hour is with Allah (alone). It is He who sends down rain, and He who knows what is in the wombs, nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn on the morrow. Nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily, with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things.)" (31:34)

Nor does anyone have the right to take his or her own life. If they do they will automatically go to Hell. The One who gave life is the only one who has the right to take life.

On this day seven groups of people will be protected by Allah, these are mentioned in Hadith: "Seven types of people will be under the shelter of mercy on the Day when there will be no shade other than that of Allah's mercy:
1) a just imam,
2) a young person who kept busy in Allah's worship,
3) a person whose heart is attached to the masjid,
4)two people who loved each other for Allah's sake, gathered for His sake and parted, remembering Him,
5) a man who was invited by a beautiful and charming woman but declined her offer, saying "I fear Allah";
6) a person who gave charity so secretly that their left hand did not know what was given by the right hand , and
7) a person who remembered Allah privately, so that their eyes brimmed with tears." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Others who are not qualified to enter Paradise or Hell may be taken to a waiting station called Al- A'raf, to wait until forgiveness is given to them through the Mercy of Allah.

Others will finally end their journey with their life in Paradise.

It is the last destination and hope of every person to arrive here. It is reserved for believers who submitted themselves to Allah and followed His teachings. They are the ones whose loyalty and obedience were to Allah. Paradise has all the beauties of life to enjoy without ever being tired. It is a life of excitement, peace and happiness.

The prophet (saw) said: "Allah, the Almighty, says, 'I have prepared for My righteous servants that which no eyes have ever seen, no ears have ever heard and no heart has ever conceieved.'' [Bukhari, Muslim]

This Life After is called the Real and the True Life.

The Quran explicitly refers to the Life After as the True Life while the life in this world is a superficial one.

"What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But verily the Home of the Hereafter -- that is Life indeed, if they but knew." (29:64)


gQ: sengaja memilih english sebab sambil-sambil tue boleh dapat words baru. Memandangkan hadith dan ayat mukhtarah min al-Qur'an yg di gunakan kerap di ulang-ulang. Kalau masih tak faham, silalah rujuk dalam bahasa masing2. ATAU buka kamus ye..

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