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The Way of the Believers after Ramadan – Chapter Three [Part 7]

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The States of the Hearts in this World and after Ramadan

People, in this respect, are of three divisions:

The first represents the one who has a long-life hope, is fully indulged in this world, heedless of the Hereafter, does not remember death and the departure to Allah, and rather dislikes to remember death and departure to Him. This is because he is immersed in (the pleasures of) this world, indulges in it, is busy in gathering and accumulating its pleasures, or because he is so occupied by the world and forgetful of the Hereafter, and heedless of the movement to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. This is recognized, among scholars, by indulging in the world and becoming heedless of remembering death and meeting Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. At the same time, whoever dislikes death, its mention and talk about it, because it will separate him from the world he likes, and from his family, property, children, the hopes he has in it, and what he will accumulate in it, and how he will gather all things in it, for him it is difficult to remember death, and more difficult to remember his movement to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. He is of those who dislike to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and whoever dislikes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, no doubt, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala dislikes to meet him accordingly.

The second is the one who repents to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The person who repents to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala dislikes to remember death, not because he dislikes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, but because he dislikes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in the very state in which he is, and rather does his best to prepare himself, perfect his repentance, and prepare himself for the best, until when he meets his beloved, The Almighty, he will meet Him in the very good state in which he likes to meet Him.

[The Essence of Sincere Repentance]

This differs from the one who indulges in this world in the fact that he likes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, even though he dislikes to meet Him in this bad state. This is the sign of this approaching the one who likes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, which you should see in yourself, and get ready for what is better than it. That is, to prepare yourself entirely for the meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, strive to do what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala likes, obtain the complete provision that conveys him to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and preoccupy himself with what puts him in the best state in which he could meet his Lord. Otherwise, he will join the one who indulges in this world, who is heedless and dislikes to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, loves this world, dislikes death, and wants to abide in this world and obtain its benefits simultaneously.

Unless the repentant person is in such a state as to say that he has repented and come out of Ramadan on repentance, righteous deeds, readiness to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, standing straight on His commands, hastening to and racing toward good until he draws near Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, he then will join the one who indulges in this world.

Nevertheless, love for the world and love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala are like water and air which could never gather together in one container; as much as one of them gets in, the other gets out.

One could not claim that he loves Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala at the time he loves this world, as much as he feels afraid of losing it, is eager to collect its benefits, and becomes sad when it decreases or is consumed, or if he has no fortune in it, or fails to collect it. No doubt, this world and love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala never gather in the heart of a slave, because if love of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala enters the heart, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala renders despicable the world in the sight of the righteous believers, and clarifies to them that it is but an amusement and diversion as He says (what means): “Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children,” [Qur’an 57:20].

Not to mention agriculture, cars, buildings, property and landscapes which you know. No doubt, in no way could love for those worldly pleasures and love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gather together in the heart of the believer.

The third is the thankful person, and how few they are! It is those who like to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala because the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever likes to meet Allah, Allah likes to meet him.” [Bukhari and Muslim] He likes to come out of the abode of difficulty to be in the presence of the Lord of the Worlds, The Almighty. He only wants to be in the presence of his Lord The Almighty.

That is a high degree that one could seldom think about. Almost everyone thinks about what he will do and gain tomorrow; when he will travel, where he will do so-and-so, and what he will present. But he never says, one day, “Tomorrow, I will go to Allah.” What has he put forth and delayed? With what would he meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? For what would his Lord The Almighty hold him accountable?

Two states only are characteristic of the righteous believers: to be repentant, and to love to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The state of the one who loves to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is higher, in which you see yourself having prepared yourself in expectation for it, while supplicating Allah to meet Him in that good state.

Or, are you still one who indulges in this world and is heedless of the Hereafter, and of meeting Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and, at the same time, dislikes death and dislikes to remember it? If he remembers it, he does not get ready for it and rather says, that he will do it when this journey is over, when he returns from this journey, when this job is over, when he marries, when he consummates his marriage, when he finishes such-and-such, and when he does such-and-such. Amidst this long-life hope, behold! Death attacks him by surprise, thereupon he bites his fingers out of regret.

That is the very state you should think about. It is that state which drives one to abscond from the abode of delusion, and incline to the abode of endurance. That is the state of the faithful believers in relation to which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “What do I have to do with this world? Nay! My similitude is like a traveler who has sought the shade of a tree (for a short time) and then gone on and left it.” [At-Tirmithi]

The people of this world are careless about that speech, because they are dipped and indulged in it, whether they love it, like to obtain its benefits, or fear losing it: in all cases, it should be known to them that the significance of this speech is to confirm that whoever wants the world, his way is the Hereafter; and whoever wants the Hereafter will obtain both the world and the Hereafter.

If you follow the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, O you who fear losing the world, without doubt, the world will come to you in willing submission, as stated by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in his saying:

“He, upon whom the morning comes, with the Hereafter being his only concern, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala instills faith in his heart, gathers all of his affairs together for him, and the world comes to him in willing submission.” [Ahmad and At-Tirmithi]

You will not miss the world whose loss is ours as well..and grieve for your failure to obtain its benefits. However, the matter is quite as Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says:

مَّن كَانَ يُرِيدُ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا فَعِندَ اللَّهِ ثَوَابُ الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا

“Whoever desires the reward of this world – then with Allah is the reward of this world and the Hereafter.” [Qur’an 4:134]

The way of the reward of both the world and the Hereafter is the Lord Almighty, and love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

The world you are weeping for will come to you in willing submission. No soul shall die until it reaches the farthest end of the sustenance and term predestined for it. No soul shall come out of this world before it fulfills all that it has with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, as stated by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ in his saying: “No doubt, sustenance pursues the man in the same way as does his death.” That is, it runs after him until he obtains it. All you have to do is to utilize the means of the Hereafter, and the correct means of the world so that you would obtain both the world and the Hereafter.

[Book: What is to be done after Ramadan? by Islamweb]

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