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Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said:
"O Allah, there is no true life but
the life of the Hereafter".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The saying of the Prophet (PBUH) quoted in this Hadith relates to two different occasions.
Firstly, to the Ghazwah of Al-Khandaq
(the battle of the Trench)
when Muslims were engaged in digging the trench
under very difficult circumstances. It was intended to impress upon them the need for patience and boost their
morale. They were made to understand that they should not be perplexed by the strenuous period they were passing
through because these were transitory and temporary phases of life after which lay the everlasting life, the real life
that was not only permanent but also full of perpetual luxuries.
Secondly, to the occasion of Hajjat-ul-Wada` (last Hajj performed by the Prophet (PBUH)) when he saw around him
a large crowd of Muslims. Then he warned them against becoming proud or overjoyed by their strength and power.
The grandeur and majesty being witnessed by them would come to an end. The real life was of Al-'akhirah
and they should do their utmost to reform it.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ﻦﻋ ُﻪﻨﻋو
ٌﺔَﺛﻼَﺛ َﺖﱢﻴَﻤﻟا ُﻊَﺒْﺘَﻳ
َﻋَو ُﻪُﻟﺎﻣَو ُﻪُﻠْهَأ
ُﻪُﻠَﻤ :
ٌﺪﺣاَو ﻰَﻘْﺒَﻳَو
ُﻪُﻠَﻤَﻋ ﻰَﻘْﺒَﻳَو ُﻪُﻟﺎَﻣَو ُﻪُﻠْهَأ ُﻊِﺟْﺮَﻳ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
"Three (things) follow a
dead person: Members of his family, his property and his deeds. Two of them return; and one remains with him. The
people and his wealth return; his deeds remain with him".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith has a warning for the Muslims that they should adopt the way of piety and fear (of
Allah), not of sin and impiety because those are actions which will go with him to the grave and which decide his
fate in the life after death. If he carries with him good deeds, he will have a comfortable sojourn in Barzakh (the
intervening stage between death and Resurrection). On the contrary, if the record of his life is devoid of good deeds,
all the wealth that he leaves behind, even if it is beyond calculation, will be of no avail to him because what he will
be having with him will be the bad deeds which he performed during his life. These bad deeds will be a constant
source of torture for him during his stay in Barzakh.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ
، ِﺔَﻣﺎَﻴِﻘْﻟا َمْﻮَﻳ ِرﺎﱠﻨﻟا ِﻞْهَأ ﻦِﻣ ﺎَﻴْﻧﱡﺪﻟا ِﻞْهَأ ِﻢَﻌْﻧَﺄَﺑ َﻲِﺗْﺆُﻳ
ُلﺎَﻘُﻳ ﱠﻢُﺛ ًﺔَﻐْﺒَﺻ ِرﺎﱠﻨﻟا ﻲﻓ ُﻎَﺒْﺼُﻴَﻓ
ﻴﻌَﻧ َﻚِﺑ ﱠﺮَﻣ ْﻞَه ؟ ﱡﻂَﻗ ًاﺮﻴﺧ َﺖْﻳَأَر ْﻞَه َمَدﺁ َﻦْﺑا ﺎﻳ
لﻮﻘﻴﻓ ؟ ﱡﻂَﻗ ٌﻢ
ﱢبَرﺎﻳ ﻪﱠﻠﻟاو ﻻ
ُﻪَﻟ ُلﺎَﻘُﻴَﻓ ، ِﺔﱠﻨَﺠﻟا ﻲﻓ ًﺔَﻐْﺒَﺻ ُﻎَﺒْﺼُﻴَﻓ ِﺔﱠﻨَﺠﻟا ِﻞْهَأ ْﻦِﻣ ﺎَﻴْﻧﱡﺪﻟا ﻲﻓ ًﺎﺳْﺆُﺑ ِسﺎﱠﻨﻟا ﱢﺪَﺷَﺄﺑ ﻰِﺗْﺆُﻳَو
َﺖْﻳَأَر ْﻞَه َمَدﺁ َﻦْﺑا ﺎﻳ
ُلﻮﻘﻴﻓ ؟ ﱡﻂَﻗ ُةﱠﺪِﺷ َﻚِﺑ ﱠﺮَﻣ ْﻞَه ؟ ﱡﻂَﻗ ًﺎﺳْﺆُﺑ
َو ، ﻻ
ﱡﻂَﻗ ًةﱠﺪِﺷ ُﺖْﻳَأَر ﻻَو ، ﱡﻂَﻗ ٌسْﺆُﺑ ﻲِﺑ ﱠﺮَﻣ ﺎَﻣ ، ﻪﱠﻠﻟا
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Among the
inmates of Hell, a person who had led the most luxurious life in this world will be brought up on the Day of
Resurrection and dipped in the Fire and will be asked: `O son of Adam! Did you ever experience any comfort? Did
you happen to get any luxury?' He will reply: `By Allah, no, my Rubb.' And then one of the people of Jannah who
had experienced extreme misery in the life of this world will be dipped in Jannah. Then he will be asked: `O son of
Adam! Did you ever experience any misery? Did you ever encounter difficulty?' He will say: "By Allah, no my
Rubb, I neither experienced misery nor passed through hardship".
This Hadith also induces one to work for the life of the Hereafter, as the amenities of this world
which one strives hard to attain, and for which one violates the injunctions of Shari`ah, will be forgotten with a
glimpse of the Hell-fire. Therefore, the sensible course is that one should adopt a way of life which is full of true
faith and good deeds so that one becomes eligible for the eternal blessings and joys of the life of the Hereafter.
لﺎﻗ ، ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿَر ٍداﱠﺪﺷ ِﻦﺑ ِدرْﻮَﺘْﺴُﻤﻟا ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ
ﻲﻓ ﺎَﻴْﻧﱡﺪﻟا ﺎَﻣ
ﱢﻢَﻴْﻟا ﻲﻓ ُﻪَﻌُﺒْﺻُأ ْﻢُآُﺪﺣَأ ُﻞَﻌْﺠَﻳ ﺎَﻣ ُﻞْﺜِﻣ ﱠﻻِإ ِةَﺮِﺧﻵا
؟ُﻊِﺟْﺮَﻳ َﻢِﺑ ْﺮُﻈْﻨَﻴْﻠَﻓ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
Al-Mustaurad bin Shaddad (May allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
world (i.e., its pleasures and duration) in comparison with the Hereafter is (similar to the amount of water) one gets
when he puts his finger in the sea. Let him then see what it returns with".