Have you prepared for eternal life?

Islam for Beginners Contributor
Salah Salah masjid
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As we go about our daily lives, so focused on the tasks we have to complete each day, it can be difficult to always keep in mind that we should be preparing for our eternal life. This life that we are living is temporary and nothing it contains will last forever. Our jobs, our wealth, our families and friends – we will not be taking anything with us when we leave this world. We must try as hard as we can to remind ourselves of the Hereafter and do everything in our ability to succeed.

In preparing for the eternal life that awaits us, and knowing that it will be based on our deeds, we should not delay in forgiving people. When we are in a situation where, for whatever reason, we are planning to forgive a person, we should not wait to do this. We should remember that we read in the Holy Qur’an:

“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (Qur’an 49:10)

We should also strive to strengthen the relationships we have with those around us and show our appreciation to them for what they do for us. We must not take their kind behaviour towards us for granted, and we should treat them in the same way. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:

“Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty, and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” (Muslim)

We ought to try our best to give to charity, as it will not cause us any loss. It does not matter how small the amount is, as it will still be of help to those in need, and Allah sees all of our efforts to give. We must remember that we read in a hadith:

“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter.” (Muslim)

We must reflect on how sincere we are in our prayers and try to develop our concentration. We need to avoid becoming distracted by our thoughts while we are praying, and remember the importance of this act of worship. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Between faith and unbelief is abandoning the prayer.” (Muslim)

We can motivate ourselves to pray Tahajjud (night prayer) and sincerely ask Allah for what we hope for. We should remember to seek forgiveness and guidance, as well as ask Him to give us only what will be the best for our Imaan. Allah knows what is best for us. We should remind ourselves that Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an about Tahajjud:

“And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” (Qur’an 17:79)

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