What you Sow is What you Reap

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Sana Ahmad

مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ حَرْثَ الْآخِرَةِ نَزِدْ لَهُ فِي حَرْثِهِ وَمَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ حَرْثَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِن نَّصِيبٍ

“Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter – We increase for him in his harvest. And whoever desires the harvest of this world – We give him thereof, but there is not for him in the Hereafter any share.”

                       [Al- Qur’an-Surah Ash-Shuraa (The Consultation):20]

How can one tell whether he/she is “duniya oriented” (aiming for the reward in the world) or “akhirah oriented” (aiming for the reward in the Hereafter)? The way to tell where one’s efforts are directed, i.e. dunya or akhirah is to observe where one’s best resources are invested. Our resources may be many but amongst the most valuable things we have are our time, health, and family.

Rasul Allah(صلي  اللهُ عليهِ وسلم)said: “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; and your health before you fall sick; and your richness before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life before your death.”[Musnad Ahmad]

In youth, one is able to worship Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) more, and is able to perform acts of ibadah (worship) in a better way. While being young, one has more energy and is more active.

Although a time of energy and vigor, young age also comes with the package of inexperience, lack of wisdom as well as a bundle of emotions at times leading to irrationality.  As a result one can be easily influenced by others. That is why it is important to have good company in youth. Alhamdulillah I have had good friends all my life, who have helped bring me close to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) and supported me in my endeavor of learning the Qur’an.

Being young and falling in the category of being called a youth , I feel like I don’t do enough to worship Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) in the way He should be worshipped. There are many areas of worship where I fall short.

When one has health, one is obviously able to do more in general, and of course one can do more worship as well. According to the gist of one hadith, if one is regular in worship in health, Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) will write reward for that person even when they are unable to perform those actions due to travel or illness. Therefore, we should try to do even more ibadah (worhsip) when in good health. Ibadah (worhsip) done in health is also better in terms of quality.

One’s wealth is generally referred to as financial stability and includes property, earnings and savings. In an intangible sense, wealth can be in terms of blessings (such as family and friends etc).

There is no doubt that wealth is a blessing, and the way to appreciate it is to earn it and spend it in a halaal way. It does not mean only giving in charity, but also spending on one’s family as well as on oneself. This includes  being grateful at the same time.

Free Time
Free time can be spent learning or teaching the Qur’an, or with one’s family. It should be spent in a way that can benefit our akhirah. Alhamdulillah, for all the opportunities I have gotten to learn and help teach the Qur’an.Wasting free time includes spending it talking idle talk and back biting.

When we wake up every day, we should remember that there will be a day when we will not  wake up.  This thought should help us appreciate each day and generally life itself. Anything which is temporary becomes dearer to us, and we want to use it with more care. Thus, life is all the more precious because of its transitory nature. We should try make the goal of our life to please Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ), and in that should be included not only His worship. Pleasing Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) not only includes our personal worship, but also the way we deal with people , how we earn our livelihood and how we raise our children etc.

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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1 Response to What you Sow is What you Reap

  1. Naheed says:

    Alhamdulillah this reflection came at the perfect time… during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. I’ve learnt from your reflection to make use of these blessed days before they’re over. We should seize the opportunity to do good before it’s taken away from us.
    Jazakillah Khair for the reminder!

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