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« on: April 17, 2013, 06:42:23 am »

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'Earthly life is once, so why is it swamped with disparity, prejudice, lack of balance and suffering?'

Does the above question dignify a believer?   It does not, yet it keeps raising its head every so often.

Fortunes and misfortunes of life are commonly misconstrued as indications of Divine blessing for the undeserving and His wrath on the blameless.  Not just the faithless, but many who claim to be devout also find themselves engulfed by a sea of confusion during trials and tribulations, scowling and complaining of God's "inaction" or "injustice."  The bewilderment stems typically from a selective reading of the Glorious Quran, resulting in ritualistic faith that stays on the surface but seldom enters the heart.  Consequently, the repeated confirmation by God Almighty of earthly life being a "fleeting" one and the permanent life yet to come is plainly ignored.  Perhaps subconsciously, it establishes a dismissive attitude concerning the ultimate fact - the Hereafter.

"Lo! these love fleeting life, and put behind them (the remembrance of) a grievous day."  (76:27 - Glorious Quran, Surah Insan or Dahr [Man or Time]).


The chain of reactions ensuing from this oversight are intertwined.

The Hereafter is the most vital connecting piece of REALISM between the two realms, the dismissal of which results in the absence of prioritizing our values.  Quoting the author of a Facebook note I recently read: "Life comes only once so is it just when a person is born ugly or poor and why on the other hand are some born rich and beautiful. Why do some die young and why some die so old, why are some more intelligent then the others?"

And the plight of many others can be still worse.

Be that as it may, looking at life through the prism of REALISM tells a very different story.  It reshuffles our thoughts, bringing to the forefront the very temporary nature of one's joys and miseries clear to view.  It helps to dispel the materialism and superficiality earthly notions are wrapped in, along with the Quranic ratification that human existence in this planet was never meant to be an 'earthly heaven' but a test of one's merits and demerits.   Keeping matters in perspective, one's preferences are reorganized with the realization that worldly pleasure or grief are earthbound.  Beyond that, they carry no weight.   Thereafter, what felt like affliction yesterday, feels a lot less daunting today.  This is prioritizing our values on the basis of REALISM.   Do not misread it as a psychological twist.

"Do men imagine that they will be left (at ease) because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with affliction ?"  (29:2 - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Ankabut [The Spider]).

"And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the steadfast, Who say, when a misfortune striketh them: Lo! we are Allah's and lo! unto Him we are returning."  (2:155/156  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Baqra [The Cow]).

"Say: He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet, or to bewilder you with dissension and make you taste the tyranny one of another.  See how We display the revelations so that they may understand."  (6:65  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Anam [The Cattle]).

"And verily We shall try you till We know those of you who strive hard (for the cause of Allah) and the steadfast, and till We test your record."   (47:31  - Glorious Quran, Surah Muhammaad).



Modern Christianity ignores the existence of Hell in the Hereafter.  The altered versions of the Bible barely contain any mention of Hell nor the Day of Accountability.  Christian preachers generally consider it impolite to talk about punishment in Hell or the Day of Judgment.   At most, they may portray the concept of punishment as a 'temporary state of mind,' claiming that the mercy of God will eventually lead all good and bad people into an eternally blissful state of Paradise.  Thus, the existence and importance of justice is completely overlooked.  Some Muslims attempt to keep their views in conformity with this notion to appease their non-Muslim acquaintances or audiences as a part of the system of assimilation and diplomacy.  It's one of the causes for a selective study of the Quran leading to an attitude of snubbing the Hereafter.  Obviously, it goes without saying, there is NO room for any such wishful thinking in the Quran.   The Quran makes it clear that it's God Almighty Who sets the rules, and those who reject those rules are not upon the same level as those who don't.  The flawlessness of Divine Justice makes Salvation or Retribution (each having varying degrees) incumbent.

"Or do those who commit ill-deeds suppose that We shall make them as those who believe and do good works, the same in life and death ?  Bad is their judgment!"  (45:21  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Jathiyah [The Kneeling]).

"Is one who followeth the pleasure of Allah as one who hath earned condemnation from Allah, whose habitation is the Fire, a hapless journey's end ?"  (3:162  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Imran [The Family of Imran]).

"The blind man is not equal with the seer;
Nor is darkness (tantamount to) light;"
(35:19-20  - Glorious Quran, Surah Fatir [The Originator of Creation]).

"There are degrees (of grace and reprobation) with Allah, and Allah is Seer of what they do."  (3:163  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Imran [The Family of Imran]).



A lot of us frown asking one another, why do so many sinners go unpunished in this world, and why do the guiltless suffer for their innocence?   Again, the mystification arises just as much from  ritualistic faith as having no faith at all.  I wouldn't expect them be aware that God Almighty has already given the answer, referring to the Day of Judgment as "an appointed term."  He asserts that if it wasn't for the Day of Judgment (or that appointed term), not a single violator would be spared in this world.

"If Allah were to take mankind to task for their wrong-doing, He would not leave hereon a living creature, but He reprieveth them to an appointed term, and when their term cometh they cannot put (it) off an hour nor (yet) advance (it)."   (16:61 - Glorious Quran, Surah An-Nahl [The Bees]).

"If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He reprieveth them unto an appointed term, and when their term cometh - then verily (they will know that) Allah is ever Seer of His slaves."   (35:45  - Glorous Quran, Surah Fatir [The Originator of Creation]).


"Deem not that Allah is unaware of what the wicked do. He but giveth them a respite till a day when eyes will stare (in terror),  As they come hurrying on in fear, their heads upraised, their gaze returning not to them, and their hearts as air."  (14:42-43  - Glorious Quran, Surah Ibrahim [Abraham]).

After the theme of Monothesim (Tawheed), the Glorious Quran speaks most on the topic of the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah) -  the accountability of all people before God Almighty, an absolute certainty without a doubt.


The assertions of REALISM in the Quran are not supposed to be accepted on the basis of 'blind faith' as is generally assumed by both traditionalists and modernists.  The Quran reiterates throughout the importance of 'investigation prior to belief' - to think carefully as you read the Divine words, reflect, ponder, contemplate and inquire from your inner self concerning every creation of God on earth and in the universe.

"Those who remember God while standing, and sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: "Our Lord! Thou hast not created this in vain!"  (3:191 - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Imran [Family of Imran]).   

"Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand."   (2:164  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Baqra [The Cow]).


There are many more Verses instructing us to be perceptive, discerning and inquiring. 


Grasping the unseen by contemplating on the Divine words is not the same as searching for the unseen through dubious arguments and cynical wranglings. Skeptical analysis and a quest for tangible proofs only pushes the human mind from one block of perplexity to another.  It unravels nothing.  It cannot.  The approach is fundamentally flawed.  God has categorically commanded that He is to be accepted as the unseen without any palpable, perceptible or material portents.  This is a Divine Decree for the temporary dwellers of earth.  Thus, in a debate, if one is able to "scientifically" prove His existence, that would contradict the Quran.  But the Quran cannot be contradicted for it has no contradictions.  Therefore, as a part of the Divine Ordinance, disputes and squabbling on the discoverable or discernible existence of the Divine Power will never be conclusive.

"Wait they for naught else than that Allah should come unto them in the shadows of the clouds with the angels ? Then the case would be already judged. All cases go back to Allah (for judgment)."   (2:210  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Baqra [The Cow]). 


Life transcends the boundaries accessible by humankind on earth and continues its journey far beyond the grave, deep into the unseen.  Try to envisage this infinite expanse!  It makes all earthly matters over which we either fret or relish within the span of our lives appear as trivial as a drop in the ocean.

"Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of mankind; but most of mankind know not."   (40:57  - Glorious Quran, Surah Al-Momin  [The Believer]).


If you are still wavering that this essay is delusional .... it isn't.  The delusion is embedded only within the challenging spirit of the human mind itself.

"O mankind! Your rebellion is only against yourselves."   (10:23  - Glorious Quran, Surah Yunus [Jonah]).



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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 11:37:47 pm »

Dynamic piece and a very enjoyable read.  I've also often thought that discreet skepticism is getting a widespread problem among the so-called pious ones as well. The target is almost always the truth of the Hereafter.  Even a slight subconscious oversight of Realism (Hereafter as you so rightly meant) leads to a hunch within a person that everything may end at death.  A bit like putting all your eggs in one basket with notions of life on earth is the only thing you have, you lose it and everything is over.  Undoubtedly there are elements of skepticism and cynical paranoia that play predominant roles in this human condition in spite of claims of belief.   The great Quranic references with conforming arguments have articulated the flaws of such a condition very precisely in this article.   Allah bless. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 01:57:05 pm »

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SubhanAllah very well written certainly a motivational to focus hereafter ,JazakAllah kahir dear sis very refreshing article and marvelous quranic verse !! absolutely right sadly mankind is suffering with this Paranoia to live on earth without faith and trust and denial of the presense of God and existence of hereafter is wicked crime of faithless people.Quran is full of verses directing towards the belief in Akhirah/ Hereafter and Tawheed/ Monotheism ,the Oneness of Allah and Aakhira , the life after death are the concepts in pair that are essential for the righteous living in this world ,i wish these dum fellows could understand , could this unique creation come into existence without the design and creative power of a Wise Creator ? that the One God Who has brought man into being from absolute nothingness, would He not be able to bring man back to life after giving death ? Quran explains that the human being has been placed on this earth to utilise his enormous potential to conduct himself in a manner which will fulfill his purpose in life.I agree with u 200 % such thinking s are not for believers seriously this Facebook note sounds ill ...Who createth, then disposeth 87:2 .whatever He created the right proportion and balance and gave every creature the best conceivable form and shape ,How can any of His creations be ugly? imperfact ? Allah doesn't make people ugly or beautiful. He creates who we are as a person, such as our personality and talents. rather Allah makes everyone beautiful in His eyes man can't see the beauty .The truth is kuffr society influences us all to judge people based on a standard model of hotness though temporary hotness will decrease into hottest hellfire.. Considering urselves as Mr believer or Miss believer is hundred times better than being beautiful arrogant ,showpiece ,Miss sinner or Miss world ? OR Disbelieving men , religion free ,rich dashing,arrogant ,cool handsome sinner..? isn't ?



And strain not thine eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoy, the flower of the life of the world, that We may try them thereby. The provision of thy Lord is better and more lasting.20:131


It is He who has created death and life that He may test which of you is best in deed 67: 2
 
The Quran explains that man's role on earth is to live as his Creator desires him to live in surrender and worship to Him alone. This is not because Allah in any way needs his worship, but because man needs to worship only his Creator .
 



Lo! in the heavens and the earth are portents for believers. 45:3
 

And in your creation, and all the beasts that He scattereth in the earth, are portents for a folk whose faith is sure.45:4

 

And the difference of night and day and the provision thatAllah sendeth down from the sky and thereby quickeneth the earth after her death, and the ordering of the winds, are portents for a people who have sense. 45:5

 


They know only some appearance of the life of the world, and are heedless of the Hereafter.30:7
 
Have they not pondered upon themselves? Allah created not the heavens and the earth, and that which is between them, save with truth and for a destined end. But truly many of mankind are disbelievers in the meeting with their Lord. 30:8



Have they not travelled in the land and seen the nature of the consequence for those who were before them? They were stronger than these in power, and they dug the earth and built upon it more than these have built. Messengers of their own came unto them with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty). Surely Allah wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves.30:9


Then evil was the consequence to those who dealt in evil, because they denied the revelations of Allah and made a mock of them. 30:10

Allah produceth creation, then He reproduceth it, then unto Him ye will be returned. 30:11

A close observation of the system of the universe indicates that everything in this world has an age appointed for it, after which it dies and expires. Nothing here is immortal.Quranic historical argument is presented for the Hereafter It is claimed here that the denial of the Hereafter is not a new phenomenon, and a large number of people, sometimes entire nations, denied it altogether or lived without caring for accountability after death. Quranic history shows that any form of denial, or non-realisation, of the hereafter resulted in the corruption and immorality of the people experience of Quranic history proves that denial of the reality of the hereafter is fatal to mankind.

Right agree here also Quran clearly declares in 76:27 u quote that disbelievers love this worldly life more and they forget hereafter,so as some born muslims who labeled themselves sabir/patience but loudly protest against Allah by making it sound of injustice  Angry nag all the time, all they see and want is materialistic life of this world , also they keeps many doubts in akhirah /Hereafter and want to get everything in this temporary world .

 

Nay, would that ye knew (now) with a sure knowledge 102:5 ( the end result of piling up, u would not have been occupied urselves in worldly things )


But ye prefer the life of the world 87:16


Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting.87:17


So let not the life of the world beguile you 35:5


Also Allah Almighty has declared in Noble Quran !! ,there are Signs for those that are wise 45:5 , there are Signs for those who consider!, 13:3,, there are Signs for those who understand! 13:4 ....... and such poor folks are already out of this category, so nevermind For us, believers it is enough that whatever stated by Allah in the Quran is what we believe to be the truth,

Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them 2:3

 

May Allah guide us and keep us to the sirat-e-mustaqeem / The Straight Right Path ameen Thank u sis for brilliant article Allah bless u Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 09:23:16 pm »

Walaikum Salaam dear sister Muslima.  I thank you just as much for your input.  As usual, with the help of your thorough knowledge of the Noble Quran, you have added some more excellent Verses that fit into the context so perfectly.  And your intelligent opinion expressed make the article a lot more comprehensive and helpful for readers. 

Allah bless you sister.  May Allah keep all of us in the fold of His guidance and its bright light.  Ameen, ameen.    Those who exclude Allah from their lives by ignoring or forgetting the Hereafter are surely lost.  They will soon realize by what a long margin they have been defeated.   
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 06:13:23 pm »

Ameen . Thanks dear sister Zeynab  , JazakAllah kahir   Smiley
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Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.9:111

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