وَابْتَغِ فِيمَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ وَلَا تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَأَحْسِن كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ وَلَا تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ
“But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.”
[Al-Quran – Surah Al-Qasas: 77]
This ayah seemed very important to me. We have been sent to this world to worship Allah , and He has provided us with the opportunities to do good, through tangible and intangible resources, one of the most important of which is time.
Time is something I don’t seem to have a lot of, even though when I really think about it, I feel like I could have accomplished more in my day.
Last week, Dr. Farhat Hashmi came to our class, and we discussed the importance of Jum’uah. I knew women who would go for Friday prayers and I planned to go as well, but something would come up or I would forget, and I never gave it much importance because, of course, it is not fard on women to go the Masjid.
After the class, however, I thought to myself that to let go of this opportunity would be a great loss, especially since I have nothing hindering me. I decided to go to the Masjid for Jum’uah, which would fall the next day.
I got up really early in the morning because we had some errands to run, and after we got home I started to get ready, but suddenly I became unsure of whether or not to go since, I thought, I didn’t even know the time it would start. Alhamdulillah at that moment I realized that Shaitan was attacking me, and decided that I would leave right away, even if I was too early, because for the first person to arrive at the mosque the Angels write down the sacrifice of a camel .
It was a win-win situation then! I left home, and sure enough, I got there too early, but Alhamdulillah, that gave me time to say my nawafil and recite Surah Al-Kahf.
The Jum’uah prayer was one of the best experiences of my life. I really enjoyed the Khutbah which was very interesting, and after prayers I felt a calmness and serenity take over me. Alhamdulillah, I really enjoyed it and I hope I can keep going every week, Insha’Allah.
Sara had received a great amount of money and couldn’t wait to shop and spend it on clothes.
Before she even knew it she had spent 3/4th of the amount on clothes, a new pair of glasses and on other things she wanted. She had done a lot of extravagance [israaf].
During her Tafsir class she came across Surah Al-Qasas: 77. Thereafter she decided that she wouldn’t waste her money but would try to benefit her life in the hereafter.
She decided first to spend it in a way that may be sadqah-e-jaria for her: by buying the next juz that would be needed in class for her classmates.
She also decided to buy Islamic books for her niece and that’s exactly what she did when she went to the market.
When she was there, two young girls came to her asking, “Baji, can you please give us money?”
“Would you girls like to eat some fries?” She asked the two girls.
“Yes,” They replied.
So she bought fries for them and left watching them eating their fries, being content with the way she had spent her money.
She made a firm resolution that the next time she would come to the market, she would not just seek the dunya but alongside with it seek the treasures of the akhirah.