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Take from This Temporal Life for Your Next Life

Take from This Temporal Life for Your Next Life

I lost my great Uncle this past week.

Alhamdulillah, he was well on his way to the BIG 1.0.0 years of age.

He left behind his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of his great grandchildren is preparing for her wedding, which is set to happen soon. What a legacy!

Although our dear great Uncle had been bed bound and doing poorly for quite a while, the news of his death brought much sadness. The finality of his departure and the gap his absence will bring could not be dismissed.

Much gratitude is due to Allah (swt) for his long life, filled with so many blessings and being surrounded by his loved ones even at the end. He was blessed to share so much love through his humour and open personality in his lifetime.

I particularly remember a time in his life – some 15 years ago – when he got into the habit of placing his wrist watch around his elbow. No kidding!

That is so typical of his sense of humour and lively disposition. But, all of that is now history.

”Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” (Ali ‘Imran 3:135)

Our history in this temporal world begins from the cradle and ends in the grave.

And even for those who are blessed with long years, it has to end at some point. Because the next life is the real and eternal abode for all; an everlasting station where we will be given the full recompense for all that we used to do.

I remember as a child, my dad would ask how long I want to live? And feeling wise and knowledgeable because I had read the stories of Prophets like Nuh (as), I would say a hundred plus.

Hundred seemed sooo far away. But I know its not really too far away when my birthday comes around each year or when I hear of another death – such as that of my great Uncle who was close to hundred.

What will you send forth?

Since death is inevitable, the time to take action is NOW.

In this temporal world, we have so many opportunities to invest for our hereafter. The means are many, though the final destination is either – Paradise or Hell (Jannah or Jahannam).

It is good to recall this destination when you get preoccupied with your daily activities, so that you may spend extra dedicated time on prayers, dhikr and recitation of the Qur’an.

This reminder will make you hasten to good deeds everyday rather than procrastinate. And since there will be no room for making choices there; it is only now you can lay your bed and send forth khayr.

So what can you invest more time in?

Perhaps…

  • Smiling at others
  • Forgiving
  • Giving charity
  • Helping others
  • Purifying your soul
  • Giving dawah

Approach each of your deeds with intentionality and sincerity, for that will be scale with which your actions will be weighed, judged and rewarded.

Take a pause

Life always seems busy but try to take a pause every now and then.

Pause to take in your surroundings, to practice gratitude with your blessings, to be truly present in the moment, to soak in the positive emotions surrounding you.

And more determinedly to soak in the pleasure of being alive.

A popular hadith offers us this reminder. It states that you should ‘Take benefit of 5 things before 5….’

“Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

Even if you feel you have an empty bank account or poor in some resources today, rememeber to celebrate your life, health, youth, wealth and free time.

If you have all 5, be truly thankful. If you are endowed with only one – the gift of life – do not take it for granted.

Enjoy it by living it according to the guidance of Qur’an and Sunnah. Give gratitude and submit to the One true Lord, who created you and sustains you. Take from what he has given you and prepare for the next life with commitment.

5 things for your next life

Here are 5 things you can take from this life to the next:

– Pure soul;
– Good record of deeds;
– On going charity;
– Supplications from a virtuous child;
– Beneficial knowledge.

The importance of nourishing your soul alongside your physical body is great. Your mind, body and soul matter today but only your soul will matter and benefit you tomorrow – in the hereafter.

But all hope should not be lost because Allah (swt) reassured us that He created this life and death as a test.

”[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving…” (Al-Mulk 67:2)

There is hope for one who prepares well for this test by doing good. So take from this world for your next life. Because it will surely come, if not soon then surely later.

Review your priorities so you can nourish your soul in the best way, in preparation with meeting its Creator.

Be conscious of Allah (swt) at all times because you will be returned to Him.

And be mindful of the quality of your actions because they can make your next life pleasurable.

Craft a worthy legacy today.

Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, and righteous offspring who will pray for him.” (Muslim)

What do want to be remembered for?

And what are you preparing to take with you to the next life?

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Comments

  1. Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon. What a beautiful post mashaAllah. Ameen to all the du’as. It’s so true, we don’t remember death often enough. That’s why Allah sends us these reminders every once in awhile.

  2. Inna lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

    I pray that Allah grants your uncle a peaceful and happy abode. May Allah have mercy upon him. I hope that you and your family are doing well.

  3. Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi rajioon.

    Thank you for this reminder life is but only temporary as you said it’s easy to get too wrapped up in the present!

  4. Inna lilaah wa inaabikayhi rajioon, may Allaah have mercy on him and increase your family in patience. I must say that those are the exact same questions i ask myself regularly and almost always the answere is i have not prepred anything for the hereafter ?

    • Amina Edota says:

      Amin to your Duas.

      Alhamdulillah we still have the gift of life, let’s try to make the best of each moment.

  5. I’m sorry for your loss.
    Thank you for sharing this beneficial reminder with us.
    JazakAllahu khayrun

  6. Such a beautiful reminder. Just what I need. My father is struggling with cancer, I cannot simply put to words what we all feel seeing him getting weaker day by day. Your post somewhat helped me…..understand… I don’t know if I’m even making sense.
    JazakAllah

    • Amina Edota says:

      Sorry to hear about your dad. May Allah (swt) make it kaffarah (expiation) for him. And grant you and all of your family members patience through this trying period. It is very difficult seeing your loved one in that state. It is a kind of inner battle and wishing it isn’t real.

      But its good to always remember that our final return is unto Him.

      Take care.

  7. May Allah grant your great uncle Jannah. Thank you for the inspiring reminder that life is temporary.

  8. Beneficial reminder for us all. Ameen to your duaas.

    Aaliyah | http://www.thelifeofaaliyah.com

  9. Inna Lillahi wa inna illayhi rajioon

    Death is a constant reminder that our life is temporary. We have had a number of losses in our family recently and it certainly does remind you to better yourself.

  10. I always see my life as a test, a test I hope to pass insha’Allah.

  11. Death is always a good reminder for us about the real purpose of this life. A beautifully written reminder sis. May Allah give you and your family patience and accept your great uncle’s good deeds. Ameen.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Amin dear sister. May we remain deeply conscious of our real purpose on earth despite all of the distractions.

  12. Beautiful article and a reminder to all of us!

  13. Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi Rajeoon. May Allah forgive your uncle and grant him high place in paradise.

    Thanks for the reminder. We have to make most of our time here.

  14. Abu AbdRahman says:

    Inalillahi wa ina ilaehi rajiun…May Allah forgive your Uncle his sins and magnify his good deeds. May Allah grant him Aljanah. Ameen. Jazakillah khyran for the reminder. The point on the quality of our actions (ibadah, relations with people etc) is of immense benefit masha Allah. A lot of us pray/fast/hajj etc to tick the box or remove the burden….We need to improve each time and get the full benefits. May Allah assist us and make our sojourn in this life easy and our reckoning easy. Ameen

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