Contemplation

Auzu billahi minash shaitan nirrajim.
Nahmaduhu wanusalli ala rasulihil kareem.

“Morning Is Their Deadline. Is Not The Morning Near?”
Al-Qur’an, Surah Hud:81

An appeal to Allah’s most wonderful universe should at once convince a thinking mind of man’s nothingness, and Allah’s power, glory and goodness. Man’s term here is fleeting. If he is not warned by the great Signs, and the Messages which call his attention to them, is he capable of any faith at all? Allah – He who created Death and Life, has created everything in the universe for a specific purpose and thus explained the purpose of man’s creation: “that He may try which of you is best in deed; and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.” (Surah Al-Mulk, 2) As explained in the verse, this world is a place of trials and, as such, it is temporary. There is an end for all people as well as for the world, the time of which is pre-destined by Allah. People are responsible for living the short-lived lives given to them according to the terms set by Allah and described to them in the Quran. In the hereafter they shall have their reward for what they have done here.

All this world’s a fleeting show, for man’s illusion given. The only reality will be when we have attained our final goal. The death of the body will give a taste of death to the soul when the soul separates from the body. The soul will then know that this life was but a probation, and seeming inequalities will be adjusted finally on the Day of Judgment. Whoever considers the effects of his actions in this earthly life to be of crucial significance, and sees in them the criteria of right and wrong, the criteria of that which leads either to one’s ultimate salvation or to one’s doom, falls prey to a serious misconception. The fact that a person is outstandingly successful in life does not necessarily prove that he is either on the right path or is the recipient of any special favor from God. Similarly, even if a person is surrounded by trials and hardships, it does not prove that he has either strayed from the right way or is out of favor with God. The earthly results of a man’s actions are often quite different from the ones he will see in the Next Life. What is of true importance is what will happen in that eternal life rather than in this transient one. In our life of probation on this earth, our virtue and faith are tested by many things: some are tested by calamities, and some by the good things of this life. If we prove our true mettle, we pass our probation with success. In any case all must return to Allah and then will our life be appraised of its true value. As Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Anbiya; Ayat 35, “Every soul shall have a taste of death, and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must you return.”

“Do they see nothing in the government of the heavens and the earth and all that Allah hath created? (Do they not see) that it may well be that their term is nigh drawing to an end? In what Message after this will they then believe?” (Al-Araf: 185) Creation is not in mere sport or without a purpose with reference to man. The state before our present life, or the state after, we can scarcely understand. But our present life is clearly given to enable us to strive by good deeds to reach a nobler state. All this is possible, because Allah is so Exalted in Might that He can perfectly carryout His Will and Purpose, and that Purpose is love, Mercy, and Goodness to His creatures.

“He who created Death and life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; And He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.” Death is here put before life, and it is created. Death is therefore not merely a negative state. In 2:28 we read “Seeing that you were without life (literally, dead) and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you back to life; and again to Him will ye return.” In 53:44 again, Death is put before life. Death then is (1) the state before life began, which may be non-existence or existence in some other form; (2) the state in which life as we know it ceases, but existence does not cease; a state of Barzakh (23:100) or Barrier or Partition, after our visible Death and before Judgment; after that will be the new life, which we conceive of under the term Eternity.

Allah’s signs are many, and so are His mysteries. Yet each does point to His Unity, Goodness, Power, and Mercy. There is none like Unto Him. His teaching is one, and men that split up His standard Religion are but following their own lusts. Ungrateful are they to give part-worship to others, when all worship and praise and glory are due to Him and Him alone, in Whom we have our life and being! Whatever the seeming inequalities may be now – when the good appears to be weak and the strong seem to oppress – will be removed when the balance will be finally redressed. That will happen in good time, indeed so quickly that the Transgressors will be taken by surprise. They were deluded by the fact that what they look to be their triumph or their freedom to do what they liked was only a reprieve, a ‘Term Appointed,’ in which they could repent and amend and get Allah’s Mercy. Failing this, they will then be up against the Penalties which they thought they had evaded or defied.

The man of probity is the man who walks evenly on a Straight Way, his feet guided by Allah’s Light and his heart sustained by Allah’s Mercy. The man who chooses evil grovels, with his face down, in paths of Darkness, stumbling on the way, and in constant distrust and fear, the fear of Evil. The two kinds of men are poles apart, although they live on the same earth, see the same Signs, and are fed with the same Mercies from Allah.

“Qul inna salati wa nusuki wa mahyaya wa mamati lillahi rabbil aalamin.” (6:162)
(Say: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.)
Alhamdulillahi rabbil aalamin. As salatu was salamu ala rasulihil kareem.