What am I leaving behind?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

                                                                    Uzma Jawed

Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Uzma who had been blessed with a great opportunity to study the Qur’an.

As her journey through the Qur’an slowly came to an end, she felt a sense of urgency to get her act together!“If I don’t start implementing on the ahkaam (rulings) I’ve learnt from the Qur’an now, then when will I ever?” she thought to herself.

The next day, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) made her come across Surah Yasin, ayah12.

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَى وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُبِينٍ

“Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register.”
[Al-Quran-Surah Ya-Sin:12]

This ayah talked about the kind of traces one leaves behind and how it leaves an impression on the environment around us. This ayah strongly emphasized on the importance of ACTION. Each deed one does, not only affects on an individual level, but actually affects the entire environment!

Hence, from that day she became more conscientious of her daily activities and became more aware of the kind of effects she was leaving behind. For instance, after Fajr prayers she has started to sit outside in the garden to recite the Qur’an and reflects on the fact that the trees, birds, other insects and the winds are all witnessing her recitation and she is leaving an impression behind.

This ayah has made her live at a more proactive level: to say Salam, to smile more often, to enjoin the good and to deter people from doing bad.  For instance, one day she had the opportunity to explain to someone who was littering on the floor to reflect on the kind of traces she was leaving behind.

So Alhamdulillah, Uzma’s life goes on and she has come to realize that if she really seeks it, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) will certainly show her the way.

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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5 Responses to What am I leaving behind?

  1. Kulsoom says:

    This entry tells us about the deeds that we do and that every deed is written done in the book of deeds by the left and right angel. It also tells us that Allah surely shows us the straight path but, it is upto us whether we follow that path or not.

  2. Kulsoom I completely agree with you.Also,since every deed is written down, we must grab every opportunity to do good that comes our way.

  3. Samar says:

    Alhamdulillah! Sometimes one feels like we should hide the good things we do but on the other hand, if we share them, then maybe someone else might do the same (which brings more reward for us with Allah’s Mercy). Maybe there should be a page where everyone can give ideas of the good they do (even if its anonymous), or for bigger ideas which we’re not immediately capable of doing then we intend to do some day. What may happen is that another person who is capable of implementing that idea may do so, which would in turn inshaAllah let us leave good traces! May Allah make us do everything for His Pleasure and proper niyyah inshaAllah, Ameen.

  4. sana ahmad says:

    Since you’ve mentioned smiling, it made me think of how you can change another person’s mood or attitude just by smiling. Its such a small sunnah that is so easy to implement!

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