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Sunday, May 30, 2004  

How to See the Hereafter Before Death Whoever understands the mystery of “Die before you die,” Has seen the Resurrection here, before the Trumpet sounds. Have you grasped the secret of those who die before they die? They have seen the Hereafter in this world already. If you also die before you die, in other words, if you tame your wild self and walk in the way of Truth, if you learn from what you observe in the universe, you will be able even here to see Paradise, Hell, the Balance and the Bridge, the houries and attendants, the worth of servant and king, the resurrection after death, the reckoning people will undergo, the unbelievers entering the Fire and the believers going to Paradise. In short, all you have heard of as the Unseen. For whatever exists or will come to be in the Hereafter, all has its counterpart here below. Look and see! If you cannot see, beg Allah to show you! I say again, you can see in this world here a specimen of everything you have believed in as the Unseen, the world of the Hereafter. It is enough that you do not shut your eyes and make some absurd assertion like: “There is no sun in the sky.” Be sure of foot in the way of Allah. Strive in His cause with your goods and your life, that you may attain those exalted and everlasting benefits. In this world, everyone who works either sees or does not see the recompense for his efforts. Likewise in the Hereafter, because of our evil deeds we may not see much of the reward for our labors. Anyone who has really worked hard in this world, only to be wrongfully deprived of the fruits of his toil, will recover his losses many times over in the Hereafter. Those who strive for the Hereafter, but do not guard themselves from hypocrisy and sin, will lose forever the prayers they have kept and all their efforts in the cause of Truth. That is why the Messenger of Allah says: “Many there are who gain no merit by their prayers. Fatigue is their only profit. Many there are whose fasting yields naught but hunger.” Let your striving with your life and your goods in Allah’s cause not be done for the sake of honor and glory! Do it to please Allah! Seek God’s approval in all you undertake. To please Allah, avoid all evil things. Abu Hurayra narrates this noble Tradition: “At the Resurrection, they will bring a man who died in battle into the presence of God. Allah will order the angels to cast this person into the Fire. When he cries: ‘My Lord, I died in Your cause!’ Allah will reply: ‘You did not fight to please Me, but that men might call you brave. You got what you wanted. It was not to please Me that you fell a martyr. You were a hypocrite. You did not want Me to see and approve what you did, you only wished to be popular. You won popularity, so now ask the people to reward you, not Me!’ He will then send him to the Fire. Then they will produce a scholar. Allah will command them to throw this scholar into the Fire. When he cries: ‘My Lord, I used the knowledge you gave me to instruct the people!’ Allah, Glorious is He, will reply: ‘You did not acquire knowledge in order to please Me, nor was it to please Me that you instructed the people. You used that knowledge to secure worldly advantage. “Let them call me a scholar,” you said. Well, they did what you wanted. They held you in honor. You got the reward for your learning in the lower world; there is nothing for you here.’ Then He will have him cast into the Fire. Next, they will bring forth a warrior, whom Allah will order to be cast in the Fire. When he cries: ‘My Lord, I fought for the sake of Your religion!’ Allah will reply: ‘You fought so that they would call you a valiant hero. Well they called you a hero, they called you brave. You received your reward in the lower world; there is nothing left for you here. Next, they will bring into the divine presence a generous rich man, whom Allah will order to be cast into the Fire. When he cries: ‘My Lord, for Your sake I built a mosque, a hospital and a bridge. I had a well dug and a fountain constructed. I cared for widows and orphans. I helped the needy,’ the Lord will reply: ‘All that you did indeed, but not to please Me! You did it all to be called a good and generous man. You had your reward in the lower world. There is nothing for you here.’ Then He will drive him into the Fire.” In all you do, therefore, look only to please Allah. Let people call you what they may. If you are really a good man, what does it matter to you if people call you bad. If you are a bad man, what will it profit you to be called good? Seek Allah’s approval in all things. First be content with Allah, then seek His pleasure. The good pleasure of Allah is the goal of the Sacred Law, the Mystic Path, Reality, Wisdom, Centrality, Proximity and Service. “My God, You are my goal and Your approval is my aim.” Whatever you do, do it for Allah, to please Him! Then none can prevail against you. You will always triumph. Though the whole world opposes you, no harm can befall you. For if Allah does not wish you to be harmed, what can a creature do to you? Unless Allah wills it, not a leaf may stir. -Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi, Irshad (Wisdom of a Sufi Master)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/30/2004 06:38:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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