To begin with the name of Almighty Allah(SWT),we must always be thankful enough and owe due credit of our success to HIM only. The more we owe credit of our success to our Lord, the more we get closer to HIM and seek HIS pleasure. To realise a dream in our life –we must always give right direction to it. Ensuring right direction to a dream will bring success as well as make us able to fulfil the true purpose of our life– (seeking the pleasure of Almighty Allah). That rightdirection to a dream is possible onlyby imbibing and seeking true guidance, good character and values – by following the Word of Almighty Allah through Holy Qur’an and noble teachings of His beloved messenger – Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Doing charity in this world for the sake of pleasure of Almighty Allah – is a much rewarding exercise. As Almighty Allah(SWT) says in Holy Qur’an — the example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed (of grain) which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies (His reward) for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. We have to discover Allah’s blessings through realising our inner beingand get to know the real purpose of our life. Our journey in this world is just a test to do good deeds in order to achieve the final dream- that is beyond our sight ( the world hereafter and its magnanimous reward, Jannat Ul Firdous). We are from Allah to this world – here we have to work to please HIM( that is the real purpose of this life) and to HIM we shall return – and when we return to HIM, we should have pleased our Lord to such an extent so that HE should happily receive us and bless with that magnanimous reward of Jannat Ul Firdous(the final dream). May Almighty Allah bless us all…Aameen!
Har Ek Maqam Se Aage Maqam Hai Tera;
Hayat Zouq-e- Safar Kay Sewa Kuch Aur Nahi (Allama Iqbal).
Almighty Allah( SWT) says in Qur’an in Surah Baqarah: “Be fearful of a day when you shall return to Allah and you will receive your reward fully for what you have done and you won’t be wronged (2:281)”. Almighty Allah(SWT) through His bountiful blessings and mercy is always encouraging us to prepare for Akhirah through practicing religious obligations i.e. Salah, sadaqa, siyam, recitation of Qur’an, and through doing good deeds and by helping those in desperate need or who are struggling in their lives. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whomsoever is fearful, he will start his journey early, and whoever started his journey early, he will reach his destination safely. Verily the merchandise of Allah is expensive; verily the product of Allah is Paradise (Tirmidhi)”. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in another hadith said, “Everyone is taking a journey, on a daily basis. He is either one of two things – he is taking a journey to free himself of the shackles of the Duniya, the whims and desires and he will please Allah Almighty and then he will be safe, or he might lead his soul to its ruin (Muslim).” Anas bin Malik narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Whoever makes the Hereafter his goal, Allah makes his heart rich, and organizes his affairs, and the world inevitably comes to him. And whoever makes this world his goal, Allah puts his poverty right before his eyes, and disorganizes his affairs, and the world does not come to him, except what has been decreed for him.” Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah(SAW)said, “When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” Therefore, depending on the seeds we plant in this world and the effort we put in, we could see the fruits in the Akhirah. If we never planted the seeds we can’t expect the fruits. Let us seek for and make “Akhirah” as our goal by doing good deeds, giving charity, doing works of enlightening people with beneficial knowledge and raising righteous children — because it is these things which will benefit us once we leave this world and enter “Akhirah”.
(The author is aPhysician, Educator and Founder/Director J & K Innovative Foundation for Transforming Society –JKIFTS. Views are his own)