How Important Is Your Hereafter?

It’s important that we think about what will happen in the hereafter. This life in comparison to the next is not even a drop of water from the ocean. We’re only here for a few years but then we’ll spend eternity in the next life. This means that we have to decide whether we want to spend our eternal life in Paradise or the Hell-fire. Many of us want to enter Paradise, and for those who don’t care, they haven’t discovered the purpose of life. Just reflect on the intricate design of the human body  and the vastness of the universe. There must be a Creator behind all of this and we will meet Him one day.

Once you have chosen a path, don’t just sit there. Start making the right choices. We don’t want to reach the time of death and suddenly realise that we lived in a way that wouldn’t qualify us to enter paradise. We have to realise the importance of the Hereafter and fix our lives now. If not now, then when will we take life seriously? Many of us plan to live the right way when we get old. Who guaranteed us a long life?

In this post, I want you to imagine the scene that is being described. Ask yourself:

  • Where do I want to be on this Day? 
  • Are the people around me helping me to get there or are they dragging me down with them? 
  • Which way am I currently going?
  • What am I going to do about my life right now to make sure I end up in the right place after I die? 

In {Surah Al-Hadid Verse 12-15}, Allah describes a scene on the Day of Judgement that we can draw lessons from to help us correct ourselves before it’s too late.

Allah tells us that on the Day of Judgement, the believers will have light beaming from them and their right hands. The hypocrites will have no light. They will see the light of the believers and will call them to wait, hoping that they will be able to borrow some light. However, on that Day, everyone will be looking out for himself. A mother will not care about her son. We will want to save our own souls from the punishment.

The believers will say to the hypocrites to go back and look for light. On that Day, there is no turning back or returning to this world. Whatever you bring to the Hereafter is what you will have.

Then, a wall with a door will be placed between the believers and the hypocrites. On the inside of the wall, there will be mercy for those who have believed and the punishment will afflict those who are on the outside of this wall.

The hypocrites will be desperate to get onto the other side of the wall. They will cry out to the believers, “were we not with you?” The believers will reply in affirmative. They were with them. The hypocrites will ask this question and the believers will explain to them, “yes, but you caused yourself to fall into temptation and you waited and doubted and vain desires deceived you until the threatened punishment of Allah came and the Deceiver deceived you about Allah.

The hypocrites used to place themselves in bad situations. Perhaps they stayed with bad company or didn’t look for good company. They thought that they were safe from being tempted to sin.

Then, they procrastinated. They delayed themselves, thinking that they would give up their bad habits later. So a long period passed and doubts began to brew in their minds. They became oblivious and desensitised to their wrong-doings. If they, at first, stayed around friends who smoked, the smell would affect them. They would not be comfortable around those people. However, as time passes, the habits become routine and they no longer feel the shock and discomfort they used to. It’s the same with a person who becomes friends with people who use bad language, takes drugs or habitually commits other sinful acts. At the beginning, it’s disturbing, but the longer you stay with these people, the more normal it will seem. So the hypocrites were so used to being in those kinds of situations that it became normal for them.

Then, they began to doubt. Their hearts became doubtful because they allowed it to become contaminated. They failed to protect themselves in the beginning so their hearts became vulnerable to diseases such as doubt, laziness and carelessness. Weaknesses of the heart are manifested in actions. So once their hearts became weak, they were not able to control their desires. The believers will make it clear to the hypocrites that they were overcome by vain desires, worldly desires, destructive desires.

There was no longer a desire to please Allah. There was no longer a desire to reach paradise. There was no longer a desire to save themselves from a terrible punishment. The doubts in their heart left no space for faith (imaan). Whatever the heart desires, it pursues. But the hearts of the hypocrites had no concern for the hereafter and if a person cannot see beyond this world, they will only search for happiness in this world because the hereafter does not mean anything to them.

So the hypocrites chased after material things, false hopes and temporary enjoyment and they neglected the hereafter where they would receive either a severe punishment or a great reward. They deluded themselves until they faced the promised punishment. They will be humiliated on that Day. Any compensation, any ransom or excuse they give will not be accepted because they were given a whole life to correct themselves but they failed to do that. They will share the same resting place as those who disbelieved.
Allah tells us how to not become one of these people,

Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient.” {Surah Al-Hadid Verse 16}

Be humble towards Allah and do not reject the truth. We’ve been given a book from Allah, the most High, so let us ponder upon its teachings before our hearts become hard like those who rejected the scriptures before us. We are in need of His guidance and He gave it to us out of His mercy. The arrogant person believes that he doesn’t need advice and turns away. But the believer acknowledges his weakness and accepts the truth, advice and guidance from Allah who created us and knows what’s best for us.

*An important message for the youth:

Allah informs us in the Quran,

And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, “Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way.

Oh, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one as a friend.

He led me away from the remembrance after it had come to me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter.”

{Surah Al-Furqan Verses 27-29}

Beware of those who encourage you to do wrong. They are not your friends, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. You might think that it’s fun to hang out with them, but it won’t be fun on the Day of Judgement when you’re being questioned for all that you did. If they didn’t care about your hereafter now, they won’t care then either. Your friends are those who wanted the best for you in both lives and they didn’t use you for their own entertainment. True friends won’t watch you destroy your life. They value you for who you are and what you stand for. Don’t let people influence you to do things you’re uncomfortable with, especially if it involves committing sins because you will be responsible for your own actions. Walk away from those situations. Run if you have too, because if you don’t do it now, you will surely regret it in the hereafter.


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