It’s a Matter of Life in this World or the Next!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

                                                                       Uzma Jawed

وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا

It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.[Al-Quran – Surat Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces): 36]

 As I ponder over this ayah, I feel guilty and conscious of the choices I make everyday in my life. How often do I give precedence to dunya over the Hereafter?

For instance, when I hear the adhaan (call for prayer), my first response is, “I need to leave everything that I am doing and first go and offer my prayers.” But unfortunately, Shaitan overpowers me and incites with whispers, and I tell myself, “Let me just finish this little thing” and before I know it, I am finishing this thing and then moving on to the next thing and then the next, finally getting to my prayers just as the time is ending! As a result, my sujood (prostrations) are nothing but pecking of a hen and the entire salah without the true remembrance of Allah. As a result, I choose dunya over my Hereafter.

In a hadith, it is mentioned:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?” He said: “By not doing ruku’ and sujood properly.”
(Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 997).

I need to learn to prioritize and stop making excuses. May Allah  (سبحانه وتعالى ) help me become a better, more obedient Muslim. Ameen!

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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3 Responses to It’s a Matter of Life in this World or the Next!

  1. mariam says:

    This is a good reminder of what we spoke about in relation to the last lesson of Surah Yaseen and the related reflection question: ‘How can we make our lives ibaadah?’ In all matters of deen and dunya, giving priority to what Allah is pleased with most is the way forward Insha Allah. May Allah grant us all true hikmah. Ameen.

  2. sana ahmad says:

    Very nice reminder,jkk!:)
    We often neglect salah and delay it, even though Rasul Allah SAW has called it the coolness of his SAW eyes. We should rush towards salah, and we should not give anything preference over it.

  3. Awaisha says:

    Very true. we often give excuses and give priority to other things when it comes to our Ibadah. nice reminder 🙂

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