This Life As A Bridge To The Afterlife
We are aware that this life is only temporary. This world will not last forever. Only the Hereafter is eternal. Imagine the loss for the person who only pursues pleasures of this world, when all of it shall perish.
Therefore, do not be fooled by this world, beautifully decorated for the eyes, but will eventually lead to nowhere. For those who are rushing in pursuit of this world, they are just like those who are absorbed in a game.
This parable has been described by Allah SWT in Surah Al-An'am, verse 32:Which means: “And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?”
We gain an immortal life only in the Hereafter. Therefore, live like a traveller, stopping once in a while in this world to collect provisions throughout our travel. The journey to the Hereafter is still a long one.
The best provision for the Hereafter is our conviction in Allah SWT. Imam al-Bukhari recorded a hadith narrated by Abdullah bin Umar R.A, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:Which means: “Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller along the path.”
Let us reflect upon some of the things that can ensure our wellbeing in the hereafter, which include the following:
First: Reflect about where we come from. Indeed, our existence on this earth is due to the mercy and love of Allah SWT.
Allah SWT declared in Surah Al-Mukminun, verses 12 to 14:“And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay. Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging. Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of creators.”
Second: Reflect on our purpose in this world. Allah SWT did not create humans in vain. We have the responsibility to Allah SWT to fulfil His right, by only worshipping Him and to perform all that He has commanded us to do, and to avoid all that He has prohibited us from doing.
Our responsibilities towards mankind is stated in a hadith recorded by Imam Muslim Rahimahullah, and narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: “Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to despise his Muslim brother. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour.”
Third: Reflect on whether our provisions for the Hereafter are enough. The moment we are left alone in the grave, we will be questioned by the angels. After that, we shall be resurrected on the Day of Judgement for our deeds on earth to be judged. Only then shall all our good deeds and failings in this world be exposed.
Allah SWT reminded us through Surah Al-Isra’, verse 21:“Look how We have favoured [in provision] some of them over others. But, the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction.”
To end the sermon today, the mimbar would like to again remind the congregation on the takeaways we should learn from:
First: A person who looks for true devotion and conviction shall always be self-righteous, and assess where his position is, whether he is on the blessed path of Allah SWT, or otherwise.
Second: Death and the Day of Judgement should be motivation enough for a servant of Allah SWT to ponder and reflect upon his life in this world.
Third: Reflect on the commands and prohibitions of Allah SWT that we have committed to, and improve our relationship with others.
As declared by Allah SWT in the Al-Quran through Surah Al-Hasyr, verse 18. “O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow - and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do.”