One’s welfare in the
Hereafter hinges upon how one conducts oneself in this life. It is imperative
for every person to bear in mind the link between this life and the next, for
some have wrongly thought that there is only this world; they spend their time
gathering things and becoming attached to this life, a life that is fleeting.
Then they die with their wishes and aspirations in their chests, unfulfilled and
Sometimes l am amazed at our
long-term hopes in this world ---- at our future expectations for a life in which one may
die at any moment:
(No person knows what he
will earn tomorrow; and no person knows in what land he will die)
(Quran 31: 34)
Ask yourself these
1. Do you really suppose
that you will find peace and tranquility while you are not pleased with your
Lord or with His decree, and while you are discontented with your sustenance and
2. Have you thanked your
Lord properly for His blessings and favors, to the point that you deserve to
ask for other favors? Whoever is incapable of handling a little is more than
likely unable to handle a lot.
3. Why do we not benefit from
those talents that Allah has given us, failing as we do to develop and
cultivate them? Had we used those talents, we could have given to others and
contributed to society.
Positive qualities and
talents are often buried deep within us. Yet in so many of us, these talents
are buried like expensive minerals underground --- minerals that only the
expert can mine, wash, and polish, making them shine. Therefore, our task lies
in mining for our talents and then developing them.