Category Archives: The Hereafter

Light Upon Light



Allah made every act of worship performed in salaah/namaaz a means of atonement for the (minor) sins committed, and also rewarded them with a special light for praying. In fact, salaah brings forth

•light and strength into the heart,
•increases the share of one’s provision in this life,

•inspires others to love the one who prays, and
•lets Angels and also the earth with its mountains, trees and rivers rejoice..

On the day of Judgement, when the believing servants of Allah meet their Lord, their salaah shall turn into light and transform into reward.

(—• Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah)



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May 14, 2017 · 10:10

How our Deeds are Weighed

waves_crashing_on_rocks-t2Q: A Muslim man peforms an action that causes a palace to be built for him in Paradise, and that a tree is planted in Paradise with his name on it, etc. Then, he performs sins that make Hell obligatory for him. So, if he enters Hell, how can it be that he is supposed to be in Paradise while he is in Hell?

A: If he repents from his sins in a sincere way, Allah will forgive him, and will not prevent him from what He has Promised him. Rather, He will give this to him.

If he doesn’t repent, his good deeds will be weighed against his bad deeds. If they are heavier than his bad deeds, he will receive the reward. If his bad deeds outweigh his good deeds, he will receive the punishment, and whatever was prepared for him of reward will be nullified due to his sins that outweighed his good deeds. Likewise, if he performs bad deeds that make him deserving of Hell, and followed them up with good actions, his bad deeds will be wiped away.

And Allah Knows best.

[Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah in ‘Majmu’ al-Fatawa’; 4/160] (Translation by Tarek Mehanna – may Allah keep him steadfast and hasten his release ameen)

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The Ramadhan Race {Powerful reminder}

A powerful short clip reminding us of the necessity of pushing ourselves to do good in Ramadhan and racing to attain the virtues of this blessed month _~ By shaykh Omar El Banna 

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Powerful Words

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” (Narrated by Muslim)  IMG_1625_edited

Shaykh Saleh al-Maghamsi mentions some points regarding the words
“subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. ” He (may Allah preserve him) says:

  • If you say these words they bring you closer to Allah.
  • They are the most beloved of words to Allah.
  • Nothing will harm you if you start saying these words.
  • Increasing in the rememberance of Allah is from the praised types of worship.
  • In the Quran Allah says in surah al Kahf verse forty six

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.”

What are the deeds that remain and are enduring? In the commentary of  ‘al baqiyaat al salihaat (the deeds which remain)’ it says that this is the speech  ” subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. “.


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Certainty ~

Ibn Mas’ud radiyallahu ‘anhu once said, “The believer will not attain comfort until he meets Allah.”

“O son of Adam! Your mother gave birth to you while you were weeping, while those around you were laughing in joy.Work for the day, the day you die,  that you may be laughing in joy then, while they will be weeping for you.” (Poetry)

Thaabit al Bunaani rahimahullah once said: “Tuba (a tree in Paradise) for he who remembers the hour of death, and verily, if a slave remembers death often, then the effect of this remembrance will appear in his actions.”

Hasan Al Basri rahimahullah stated, “The soul of the son of Adam will depart this life with three sorrows: for not having his fill, for not reaching what he hoped for and for not preparing well for what he is going to face.”

He also said, “I have never seen a certainty closer to being doubted than people versus death. They are certain it will strike them, yet, they ignore its imminence. I have never seen truth that is closer to falsehood than that demonstrated by their statement, ‘We seek Paradise’ yet, they ignore seeking its path.”

Ammar bin Yasir radiyallahu ‘anhu said, “Death is enough as a reminder, certainty is enough as wealth and performing acts of worship is sufficient as a job.”

Silah bin Ashyam rahimahullah once said, “Let death be your slogan, for this way, you will not care if you reached the morning while weathly or having difficulty in this life.”

Haarith bin Idrees rahimahullaah said, “I said to Daawood At-Taa’i, ‘Advise me’, and he said, ‘Know that soldiers of death are in wait for you.'”

Abu Dardaa radiyallahu ‘anhu said, “I like poverty, in modesty to my Lord; I like death, in anticipation to my Lord; and I like illness, as an eraser for my sins.”

Mutarrif bin Abdullah said, “Death has spoiled the life of those who indulge in delight, so seek a delight (in Paradise) that does not end by death.”

Utbah was once given an advice: “Remember death often, for if you had abundant wealth, it will make it seem little, and if you have little wealth, it will make it seem substantial.”

Ar-Rabee’ bin Khuthaim said, “Remember that (death) which you have never tasted before and will only taste once”

The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhe wa sallam was reported to have said:

“Every person who dies will feel sorry. If the deceased was a good-doer, he will be sorry that he did not perfom more good, and if he was an evil-doer, he will feel sorry he did not desist evil.”

Hasan al Basri rahimahullah wept when he was dying and said, “A weak soul, but a tremendous calamity to come. Certainly, we are all for Allah and to Him shall be our return.”‘

Ibn ‘Abbas radiyallahu ‘anhumaa narrated that ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu came to the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, who was reclining on a woven mat that left its marks on his side. ‘Umar said, ‘Why not get a more comfortable mat that this one, O Allah’s Prophet?’ The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam said,

“What do I have to do with this life? Verily, my example in this life is the example of a traveler who went on a journey during a summer day, took shelter under a tree during a part of a day, then went on and left it.”

Abu Haazim said, “Trade of the Hereafter is not sought after, and whatever is left of it, is about to finish! As a result, no part of it, minor or major will remain. Moreover, if one is prevented from doing good actions, all what he has left is sorrow and grief for this loss, wishing he could go back to a condition that allows him to work good deeds but wishing that will not avail him.”

Once, Hasan al Basri rahimahullah passed by a man who was laughing and asked him, “O my nephew! Have you safely passed over the siraat? He said, ‘No’. Hasan al Basri asked, ‘Have you received news that you will end up in Paradise or Hell?’ He said, ‘No’. Hasan al Basri asked him, ‘Why do you laugh then, may Allah save you, while the matter ahead is horrifying?’ That man was never seen laughing until he died.”

‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu used to say repeatedly, “Remember the fire often, for its heat is intense, its bottom is far down and its bars (of torment) are made of iron.”

Salamah bin Dinaar said, “Abandon every matter because of which you hate to meet death, for this way, it will not make a difference to you if you die anytime.”

Abu Darda radiyallahu ‘anhu said, “When you remember the dead, consider yourself one of them.”

Caliph Al Muntasir said at the time of death, when he was wished well, “All will happen except being well! Life has gone away and the Hereafter has come.”

‘Umar bin Abdul ‘Azeez rahimahullah used to say, “If remembrance of death departed from my heart for an hour, my heart would be corrupted.”

How can we feel safe when Al-Faaruq, ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu said, “If I have the earth’s fill of gold and silver, I would ransom myself with it. How can I feel safe knowing the horror that is still to come and before knowing the true news (about my final destination)?” Also, after ‘Umar was stabbed, he asked his son to place his cheek on the ground and he did. ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu wept until some mud stuck to his eyes. He was weeping and saying, “Woe to me, and woe to my mother, if my Lord did not bestow His mercy on me.”

‘Umar bin Abdul ‘Azeez said, “If it was not for fear that it might be an innovation in the religion, I would have vowed not to feel happy for anything in this life, until I see how the faces of the messengers of my Lord will look like upon death. Also, I would not like that death is made easy for me, for it is the last stance for which the believer receives reward.”

Zainab bint Jahsh radiyallahu ‘anhumaa said when she was dying, “I have prepared my own shroud, so if ‘Umar sent another shroud for me, give away one of them!”

Mutarrif bin Abdullah said, “If I knew when my life would end, I fear that I would lose my mind. Allah has granted His slaves the favour of forgetting death, otherwise, they would not enjoy life or erect marketplaces.”

Lahdhat Saakinah’ by Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim


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‘O People, Prepare for Departure!’

Habib al-‘Abid reports: Once, when I arrived in al-Basrah, I was surprised to see that the markets were closed, and the streets empty.

I called out, “O people of Basrah, is this some kind of holiday of yours that I am unaware of?”

Someone answered, “No, but al-Hasan al-Basri is in the main gathering place (of basrah), giving a khutbah to the people.”

I hurried to his gathering , and when I arrived there, I saw him sitting down on some high ground .

He was saying:

“O people, prepare for departure, for very little time remains from this world.

Prepare to move (to the akhirah), for there is no way to stay here.

Do you not know that you will soon be surrendered to the place of trial?

Do you not know that each one of you will soon be alone with his deeds and that you will be presented (with your deeds) to Allah on the day of judgment?

He forbade you from sinning, but you have not stopped sinning.

He (threatened) you with the hell-fire, but you are neither afraid nor terrified of it.

He has encouraged you to seek our Jannah, but you do not (seem to) desire it or long for it.

Your white hairs are warning you of approaching death, so what are you waiting for?

O white-haired one, you are able to perform good deeds , so what is your excuse.

O one who obeys his mouth and his desires, who wastes his share of the akhirah by taking his entire share in this world, who persists in committing sins and evil deeds , if only I knew : what your excuse will be before him?

What argument will you put forth when you go to him? You are lost and misguided, so ask Allah, the All-Mighty, to forgive both me and you.”

(al-Mawa’idh wal-Majalis’ , pg 181)


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Got Your Eyes On the Prize?

  • The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water.
  • Allah promised you the pleasures of the Hereafter, so do not be in a hurry and seek them in this worldly life as if you are cutting plants before their harvest time, while they are much better if you wait. Likewise, the pleasures of the Hereafter are so much better.
  • Buy for yourself (through doing good deeds) while there is still a market and you have the ability to buy.
  • Everyone will pass through times of sleep and neglect (following his lusts), but do not sink into sleep as the morning of the hereafter is close at hand.
  • The truth will only be shown to perceptive people who will use the light of their minds to see the consequences of the matters they face.
  • Get yourself out of this limited world of diseases to the wide world of the Hereafter, which has what the eyes have never seen. Nothing is impossible there, and love is not lost. O you who sold yourself for the sake of something that will cause you suffering and pain, and which will also lose its beauty, you sold the most precious item for the cheapest price, as if you neither knew the value of the goods nor the meanness of the price. Wait until you come to the Day of mutual loss and gain and you will discover the injustice of this contract. ”There  is no diety worthy of worship but Allah” is something that Allah is buying. Its prices is Paradise, and the Messenger is its agent, and you will be pleased to part with a small part of this worldly life to obtain it. The part you lose is a small part of something that as a whole is not worth a mosquito’s wing.
  • If you do not work hard and face difficulties along your way in seeking glory, you will never taste honour and relief when you attain victory.
  • The human being was honoured with blessings of faith and good health, but he misused them, so they were justly taken away from him
  • The pleasures of life are similar to brides who are dressing for those who will prefer and choose; them or the brides (rewards) of the Hereafter, and whoever knows the significant difference between the two, will choose the best (the Hereafter).

    Taken from ‘al fawaa`id’ by our beloved and noble Imam ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullah)


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