Thursday 8 November 2012

Why Doesn't This World Make Any Sense?

“Nothing of the Dunya (this world) makes any sense without the Aakhirah (Hereafter)” - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Today people live in a very confused state - confused about themselves, confused about their surroundings and even confused about their own religion. Muslims are no exception. Why are people, including us Muslims, in such a confused state?

Everybody knows that there is no real justice in this world, nor is there real fairness or equality. For example, people get away after committing serious crimes, the poor are exploited by the rich and powerful, wealth and resources are unequally distributed, natural disasters strike defenceless people. Similarly those who do good are not always recognised or rewarded. From a worldly point of view, nothing seems to make sense. Yet this is how this world is meant to be because it is but a part that will only be complete with the Aakhirah. Allah (SWT) has created the Dunya and Aakhirah as a pair, like He has created everything else in pairs. Therefore people who neglect this fact and think only of this world are bound to be confused, even if they claim to adhere to a religion.

No doubt that this is one reason why there is so much emphasis in the Qur’an about the Hereafter, because this world and whatever we do has no meaning without it.<<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?>> [Qur’an 6:32]

If we Muslims do not focus our attention on the Hereafter then we will also become people who are confused and distracted - those who see the reality as crooked and the crookedness as reality - <<Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in it something crooked: they were those who denied the Hereafter>> [Qur’an 7:45] and <<Indeed, for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have made pleasing to them their deeds, so they wander blindly>> [Qur'an 27:4]. But the true believers are those who have certainty of the Hereafter - <<And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter>> [Qur’an 2:4]

How do we become people who are certain of the Hereafter and people who think straight? There is nothing more powerful and effective to answer this question than the Qur'an itself. It revolutionised a people who were steeped in ignorance, materialism and barbarism to become the best of people the world has ever seen. In this regard Surah Al-Haqqah is a very powerful Surah which reminds us of the inevitable reality of the Hereafter.

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By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

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