Making the Aakhirah (Hereafter) our main concern

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We read in a hadith:

Zayd ibn Thabit reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever makes the world his most important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world but what has been decreed for him. Whoever makes the Hereafter his most important matter, Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

This hadith portrays to us the danger of making this Dunya our focus and main concern. Neglecting our Deen and becoming obsessed about our career growth, relationships with our family and friends, seeking to increase ourselves in wealth, and other worldly material things, is detrimental for us.

We learn from the hadith that having this way of thinking will cause us to become focused only on what is missing in our lives in terms of the worldly things. Of course, this will mean that we will never find true happiness, peace or contentment, as nothing of this world will really last or bring us true success.

The hadith also reminds us that we will find true success when we make the Hereafter our main concern. Prioritising our Ibadah and striving to live in a way which is pleasing to Allah will not only be beneficial to us in this Dunya, but in the Aakhirah too.

We also learn from the hadith that it is in choosing this attitude – to make the Hereafter our main concern – that we will find true contentment. Many times throughout our lives we may remember feeling lost, stressed, or worried. We could have felt as though we did not have anyone to turn to and that our lives would never improve. When we choose to focus on the Hereafter, we will not be as concerned with what of the worldly things we have, or do not have.

We will be content with our lives because we are grateful to be able to worship Allah. We are happy with what we have in this world as we know it is only temporary and that our main focus is achieving success in the eternal life of the Hereafter.

At the end of the hadith, we read that the person who makes the Hereafter their main concern will then be granted good in the world even if that is not what they truly desire. This really leads us to reflect and realise that we have a choice. If we focus on the Hereafter, Allah will give us good both in this life and the next.

May Allah make us of those who are more concerned with the Hereafter than the worldly life. Aameen.