Archive for the ‘akhirah’ Category

An old, worn, wooden footbridge over a ravine in NepalIt was reported that (Prophet) Nuh lived in a house made of wool for nine hundred and fifty years. The Messenger salAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam never put a stone over another [his house was built of mud] and on Umar ibn al-Khattab’s radiAllāhu ‘anhu garment there were twelve patches. This is because they understood that this world is a bridge and a bridge should not be taken as a home. Thus, whoever fails to be aware of this knowledge will be afflicted with the disease of Sharah1, and should cure himself by seeking knowledge and contemplating the biographies of wise scholars.

1. Sharah: Used for extravagance, and is generally used to refer to gluttony

  • Transcribed from: Disciplining the Soul; Tibb al-Ruhāni | Ibn al-Jawzi

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Allaah, the Most High, says:

الْأَخِلَّاء يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ

Friends on that Day will be foes one to another except the pious who fear Allaah (al-Muttaqoon).”

az-Zukhruf (43):67

Indeed the enmity between these friends springs from the source of their worldly love of one another since they united upon evil, and were indulgent with regard to one another’s misguidance. So on that Day they will blame one another for the consequences of their misguidance and the result of their evil. On that Day they will become adversaries heaping abuse on one another when once they had been friends who exchanged secrets. On that Day the oppressor who loved unjustifiably will bite his hand in regret, remorse and distress – and regret will be of no benefit then.


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How easy it is to get caught up in this dunya, to become ensnared by its glitter, to become lured by its temptations, to become captivated by its fleeting enjoyments. A guise covers our eyes, such that we become immersed in this life and seemingly forget the Hereafter. And indeed, insaan (man) forgets of the eternal life that awaits, and the impending judgment that looms large. And insaan forgets death, even while the fact that others are dying while they themselves remain should serve as the ultimate reminder. And insaan forgets of the torment and torture of Hellfire and the eternal bliss and happiness of Paradise as so vividly described in the Qur’aan.

We forget – for if we were cognizant of these realities, aware of them with yaqeen (certainty) and a firm resolution, would we be in such a state of ghaflah (heedlessness) by which our hearts are attached to this world and forgetful of the Hereafter? Indeed it would not be so.

So awaken, oh sleepy ones, awaken from your heedlessness. The akhirah awaits us, death is coming, our graves are ready and our judgment is impending. Our destinations are unknown, so we must strive ever more so towards a good end and race towards the Pleasure of Allaah.


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Then whoever considers the blameworthy characteristics with which Allaah describes the Hypocrites in the Qur’aan will know that they indeed deserve the lowest depth of the Fire. So He describes them as trying to outwit Him and to outwit His servants. He describes their hearts as being diseased: and it is the disease of misgivings and doubts. He also described them as causing corruption upon the earth and mocking His Religion and His servants; and being guilty of transgression; and of taking misguidance in exchange for guidance, and of being deaf, dumb and blind, and in confusion; and laziness upon worship of Him, and being guilty of fornication, and remembering Him little; and wavering – which means their fluctuating between Believers and Unbelievers, so that they are neither fully with these nor with those; and of swearing false and baseless oaths in His name, the Most High. He also described them with extreme cowardice, and with an absence of understanding of the Religion and a lack of knowledge, and with miserliness; and with an absence of true Faith in Allaah and the Last Day; and with their hating that Allah’s command is made manifest; and that they are grieved when the Believers attain good and victory, and that they become overjoyed when trials and tribulations befall them, and they avidly await the Muslims being struck by setbacks.


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Laughter and Tears

On the authority of Ja’far ibn Burqaan who said: I came to know that Salmaan al-Faarisee (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) used to say:

Three things make me laugh and three things make me cry. I laugh at the one who is hopeful of the world yet death seeks him; the one who is neglectful (of his Lord) while he is not neglected (by Him); the one who laughs at the top of his voice, while he does not know whether he is pleasing his Lord or displeasing Him. Three things make me cry: parting from our beloved Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallaam) and his Companions; the terror of the onset of the pangs of death; and the standing in front of the Lord of the worlds while not knowing whether I will be turned towards the Fire or Paradise.

Hilyatul Awliyaa

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An-Nadhr ibn Ismaa’eel said, “I heard Aboo Dharr 1 saying in one of his speeches, “Concerning Death –then it has been announced to you such that you are looking at it every day and night.

It appears to the one it takes away –who was dear to his people, noble amongst his clan, obeyed and followed among his folk — taking him to a dry arid pit, and to a place of massive hard rocks of stone. The people there have no cushions – except cushions that are mixed and stuffed with poisonous reptiles and vermin – for their cushions on that Day will be [as a result] of their [evil] deeds.

And it appears to those who are filled with concern and are like strangers, those whose concern is just this worldly life, who have striven long for it and their bodies have toiled hard for it. But then death overcomes them before they can attain their goal, for it has taken them by surprise.

And so Death appears to the young boy who is still being suckled, the sick man who is afflicted with pain, and the one who is a hostage of evil, being hell-bent on doing such deeds. Death has been allocated to all these people, and so they are all overtaken by it.

Have not the slaves taken heed of what the admonishers have said?!


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The Fire is an intense punishment, in which there are different types of torment, to escape which people would give the dearest possessions that they own:

As for those who reject Faith, and die rejecting – never would be accepted from any such as much gold as the earth contains, though they should offer it for ransom. For such is [in store] a penalty grievous, and they will find no helpers. (Aali Imran 3:91)

As to those who reject faith – if they had everything on earth and twice repeated, to give as ransom for the Penalty of the Day of Judgement, it would never be accepted of them. Theirs would be a grievous Penalty. (Al-Ma’idah 5:36)

Muslim reports from Anas ibn Malik that the Messenger of Allah salAllahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“One of the people of Hell who found the most pleasure in the life of this world will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection, and will be dipped into the Fire of Hell. Then he will be asked: ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen anything good? Have you ever enjoyed any pleasure?’ He will say, ‘No, by Allah, Oh Rabb’” 1


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The Reality of This Dunya

Rub al-Khali Desert

The following are notes taken from the lecture ‘The Reality of This Dunya’ by Shaykh Abdullaah Al Bukhaari

  • Salama ibn Dinar Al ‘Araj, from the major ulama and scholar of hadeeth, said: Every bounty of Allaah, if it does not bring you closer to Allah, then it is a misfortune and an affliction upon you
  • Everything Allah has blessed you with, no matter how small or simple, if it doesn’t bring you to Allaah, it’s a problem, and Allah has established a proof against you
  • From these favours are: health, time, wealth
  • Therefore it is upon us to realize the tremendous favours Allah has blessed us with
  • Abdullah bin Mu’taz said: The ni’ma goes away very fast and it returns very slow
  • So if Allah doesn’t see the slave thankful, and it doesn’t bring about acts of obedience and following the Messenger, then no doubt, these favours are an affliction upon the person
  • But if he is thankful, then he is amongst the Muhajireen, those who make hijrah to Allaah ta’ala
  • (more…)

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Will the People of Paradise Sleep?


Question: May Allaah forgive you. Will the People of Paradise sleep? And what is the meaning of His saying, the Most High: “the best abode, and have the fairest of places for repose”? [1]

Answer: No. No they will not sleep. Sleep is the brother of death. And in Jannah there is neither sleep nor death. There is no illness nor old age. There are no worries, no sadness nor anguish. There is no urine, no excrement nor any bad smells. And for the women, no menstruation nor postpartum bleeding.

And there are no grudges, no malice nor envy. The envy will be removed from the chests of the Mu’mineen before they enter Paradise. They will stop on a bridge after they have crossed the Siraat. They will retaliate with each other for the complaints they have between themselves. Then the envy will be removed from their chests. And they will enter Paradise with the highest degree of purity. The Most High, said:

And We shall remove from their breasts any sense of injury (that they may have), (So they will be like) brothers facing each other on thrones.” – Al-Hijr (15):47


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Hearts of the Hereafter

Ibn Mas’ud said to his companions, ‘You fast and pray more than the Companions of Muhammad (sal’Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) but they were better than you.’ They asked, ‘How so?’ He replied, ‘They were more abstinent of this world and desirous of the Hereafter.’ Hence he indicated that the superiority of the Companions lay in the attachment of their hearts to the Hereafter, their desire for it, their turning away from this world, and their thinking little of it even if it be readily available to them. Their hearts were empty of the world and filled with the Hereafter. This is what they inherited from their Prophet (sal’Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He (sal’Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was one whose heart was most devoid of the world and most attached to Allah and the Abode of the Hereafter, this despite his outwardly interacting with the creation, fulfilling the duties of Prophethood, and implementing the politics of religion and world.


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