(Verily We have created man
in toil) (Quran 90: 4)
Imam Ahmad was asked," When
is there rest?" He answered,
"When you put your foot
in Paradise you will find rest."
There is neither rest nor
comfort of a lasting nature until one enters Paradise. This life is full of
problems, trials, ordeals, sickness, and worries.
A colleague of mine from
Nigeria told me that, when he was a child, his mother would wake him up during
the last third of the night to pray. He would answer, "Mother, I want to
rest a little. " She would say, "I am only waking you up for your
comforts sake. O' my son, when you enter Paradise you will find your
Masrooq, a scholar from the
early generations of Islam, would remain in prostration until sleep overcame
him. On one such occasion, a companion said, "Rest a little."ť He answered, "lt is rest that l am seeking."
Those who seek ease in this
life by abandoning obligatory prayers are only bringing about a precipitated
punishment. The disbeliever seeks all his comfort here, which is why he says:
(Our Lord! Hasten to as
Qittana [i.e. our Record of good and bad deeds so that we see it] before the
Day of Reckoning!) (Quran 38: 16)
Some scholars interpreted
Qittana to mean this: "Our share of good and our share of sustenance
before the Day of Judgment?
[disbelievers] love the present life of this world, and pat behind them a heavy
Day [that will be hard].) (Qur'an 76: 27)
They think not of tomorrow
or of the future, and that is why they lose them both. We were created to die.
This life is like a volatile liquid, always changing: one day it is ease and
richness, the next it is difficulty and poverty.
And this is the end:
(Then they are returned to
Allah, their Maula [Due master (God), the just Lord (to reward them)]. Surely,
His is the judgment and He is the Swiftest in taking account.)
(Quran 6: 62)