Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu. I hope this meets you in the best of conditions. It’s been a while since I last posted anything here. For weeks now I have wanted to write this article, but school work kept me so busy. However, yesterday I received shocking news of a friend’s death (Allahu Yarhamahu) and I was motivated to pick up my pen. (Please make du’a for him)
One faithful evening after Asr Prayer, I was reciting Suratul A’la to Suratul Nas and I was reminded of some important things we forget.
Allah says Quran 91 verses 9-10 “He has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instills it [with corruption].” And also in Qur’an 87 verse 14 He says, “He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself.”
Let’s examine these verses from the two different Suwar. In Quran 91 verse 9, the “it”refers to THE HUMAN SOUL. In this verse Allah tells us that true success is purifying one’s soul. In Quran 87 verse 14 the same message is repeated. But in this verse instead of “it” we have “himself” as a whole. The first verse highlights the importance of purifying one’s soul and the other has to do with purifying one’s self as a WHOLE. Our soul is the essence of human body. When you have a pure soul, then you automatically have a pure body. However a pure body doesn’t guarantee you a pure soul. Once you strive hard to purify your soul, you will automatically strive to purify your body. Oh! Let’s not forget that the ultimate success as Muslim is PURIFYING ONE’S SOUL. If you think that graduating with a first class degree, having many cars, houses or any other worldly possession is success then you are mistaken Ya Muslimun.
In Quran 87 verses 16-17, Allah says, “But you prefer the worldly life, While the Hereafter is better and more enduring.” He also says in Quran 93 verse 4, “And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].”
Let’s study these verses from two different Suwar having the same message. INDEED, THE AHKIRAH IS BETTER FOR YOU THAN THIS DUNYAH. So why are we so concerned about this filthy Dunya when Allah azza wajal has declared that the Akhira is better for you. Why do you chase this Dunya when it has been revealed that the Akhira is better for you. O ye who believes! When you realize that the Akhira is better for you, then you will begin to search and seek for ways to have a good ending. And this will lead you to the “PURIFICATION OF YOUR SOUL.” For only a pure soul shall have a good Akhirah.
“Indeed, to your Lord is the return.” (Quran 96 verse 8). “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” (Quran 99 verse 7-8)
Every atom of good and evil will be shown to you on the Day of Judgement. Wouldn’t you be ashamed to stand in front of your Lord with Zina, Smoking, back biting, lying, Riba and so on? Wouldn’t you prefer to stand in front of your Lord with Salah (prayer), Zakat, Sadaqah (Charity), Sawn and so on? So why are you wasting your time following trendsetters instead of worshipping Allah. Why wouldn’t you strive to have a pure soul that returns to His Lord with lots of good deeds and Ibadah?
“Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures. Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever…” (Quran 98 verses 7-8)
So where does a purified soul go to during the Day of Judgement? Where does a person whose good deeds outweigh his bad deeds end up in? Where does a person who spent his time preparing for the Akhirah in this Dunya en up in? Where does a soul who spent his days and night worshiping Allah go to after his death?
“In an elevated garden, Wherein they will hear no unsuitable speech. Within it is a flowing spring. Within it are couches raised high. And cups put in place. And cushions lined up. And carpets spread around.”
“[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him], And enter among My [righteous] servants. And enter My Paradise.” (Quran 89 verses 27-30)
Ya Allah! Ya Zal Jalali Wal Ikram (The Lord of Majesty and Bounty). Make us among the righteous ones who will have a beautiful ending.
What is stopping you from becoming a righteous person? Is it the company that you keep? Or the trendsetters that you follow? Or the enjoyment of this filthy Dunya? Ya Muslimun! Sit down and reflect. Try to imagine what will happen to you after you die. This is a wakeup call to us all. “Every soul shall taste death.” (Quran 3 verse 183) Would you die with a pure soul or a corrupt soul? Be prepared to return to your Lord.