Ramadan 2016: Reflection 2 June 7, 2016
Rio Olympics 2016 are fast approaching and the Olympic Torch as of right now is in Aquiraz, CE. What is the one objective of the Olympic torch bearer? Keeping the flame lit until it arrives at the site of the games, where it will light a cauldron that will remain lit until it is extinguished in the Closing Ceremony. Likewise, we all have different flames that we strive to keep lit in our lives. For some self-interest is the flame they strive to keep lit. It governs all their relationships, even with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ):
“And when We show favor to man he turns aside and withdraws himself, and when evil touches him he makes lengthy supplications” (Qur’an 41: 51)
So, when in need they turn to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ) with fervent Ya Rab’s , and once Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ) responds to their requests they turn away from Him only to return when they have another request. The only beautiful aspect of these people’s lives, is that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ) accepts them every time they turn towards Him.
I got to thinking today about the flame I should strive to keep lit until my closing ceremony? I decided that flame would be “humanness”. The original state Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ) created me in, created us in. Humaness and all its accompanying qualities: considerateness, honesty, fairness, gratitude, faithfulness, loyalty, modesty, balance, courteousness, conscientiousness, respect, responsibility, perseverance, dependability, cooperativeness, determination, imagination, ambition, courage, care, and many more positive qualities. Erring but forgiving and forgiven. In short, it is the flame of mercy/compassion and kindness in all its forms—emotional, verbal and physical— in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. It’s the original state we were born in. The state that we should all strive to keep lit our life journey. The state we want to be remembered by when we are long gone. And the state that we hope to return to to our Creator. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ) says:
“ As to the scum it vanishes into the earth, but that which benefits humankind remains on the ground” (Qur’an 13:17)
Scum literally refers to that thick mass or foam made of small bubbles that rises to the surface when for instance meat of chicken is boiled. But another meaning for scum in English is in reference to someone who doesn’t exhibit humanness. People who are referred to as, “The scum of the earth”. So, according to this verse these people vanish into the earth; when they are gone they are gone for good. And on the other hand “that which benefits humankind” , which is In Sha’ Allah those who exhibit humanness, are what remain and live in and on in the hearts of people after they are long gone. So, let’s keep that flame lit, as did our Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam) who even after 1400+ years, still remains a Mercy to the World. I ask Allah the Lord of the heavens and the earth for our humanness to flow from us to our fellow humans at all times until our closing ceremonies. Let it be simply said of us when we are long gone, “They were indeed human.”
Ramadan 2016: Reflection 1 June 6, 2016
Will Rogers says, “Never miss a good chance to shut up” and I absolutely agree. There are 4 situations where your “silence” is appreciated. Where your silence is crucial. Where it is a sign of your refined manners. Where you win both in this world and the hereafter. Where you will be rewarded In Sha’ Allah. What are these 4 situations where silence is golden:
1) When you are having a conversation with a person. Shut up, listen, think and learn from what is being communicated to you. Don’t interrupt that person. Don’t stir the waters and disturb the flow of the current of information coming your way and poison the conversation with your interruptions. You kill a conversation. Interrupting others mid conversation is a sign of haste on your part. It’s a sign that you lack patience, social and communication skills. It’s even a sign of arrogance, because you are saying to the person with whom you are “engaged” in conversation that they have nothing to say that is worth listening to. On the other hand, listening attentively is a sign of self-confidence, especially when there is a difference in opinion between you and the person you are conversing with. Let me give you an example of this from the Seerah of the Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam). Remember when the Messenger of Allah was approached by Quraysh’s delegate Utbah Ibn Rabi’ah, who wanted. Quraysh were ready to bribe the Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam) into stopping his mission. When ‘Utbah asked to speak to the Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam), the Prophet said, “Speak, Abul-Walid. I am listening.” So, ‘Utbah started, “Nephew,” and continued with words that were quite offensive, even today. ‘Utbah said, ‘If you want money by this business, we will collect some of our property and make you the wealthiest among us. If you want honor, we will make you our chief so that every decision is yours. If you want a kingdom, we will make you our king. If you are possessed by a jinn that you cannot drive away from yourself, we will find skillful doctors to help you. We will spend our wealth on it till you are cured.’ The Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam) listened to ‘Utbah, and then asked“Have you finished, Abul-Walid?” “Yes,” responded ‘Utbah. “Then listen to me,” said to Messenger of Allah (salah Allah alayhe wa Salahm. “I will,” said ‘Utbah. Then the Messenger of Allah recited some verses from Surah Fussilat:
“Ha, Meem / A Revelation from (Allah), Most Gracious, Most Merciful / A Book whose verses have been detailed, an Arabic Qur’an for a people who know / Good tidings and a warning. But most of them turn away so that they hear not…” (Fussilat 1-4)
The Prophet (saw) continued reciting the verses, until ‘Utbah begged him to stop. The Prophet did, and then ‘Utbah returned to the leaders of Quraysh leaders with a different facial expression than the one he initially left with. The point is that the Prophet listened to ‘Utbah patiently. Controlled his anger. Calmly thought about what ‘Utbah said. Then responded powerfully. Let be an example to follow when you are in a similar situation.
2) The second situation when your silence is golden, is when you don’t have anything of value or benefit to add to a conversation/discussion. Don’t just say something to draw attention to yourself. You know that moment when you have the urge for your presence to be noticed. The moment you inject a superficial comment into a discussion, or even a false one. News flash: you’ll regret it. Follow your Prophet (saw) who did not speak unnecessarily. Every word weighed heavy in his scale of deeds. Ponder on this: not making any contribution to a conversation because you knew that you had nothing of value to add is better than adding what is unnecessary, ignorant, repetitive, superficial or false.
3) The third situation when keeping your mouth shut is best is when you are angry. Fact is that when you are angry you lose part of your ability to think straight, to reason, or perceive things clearly. In Arabic, the mind is called “AL AQL”, which means “ The Tether”. So in other words, your mind tethers your words and actions and keeps them in check. So, when you’re angry that tether comes undone, and you might say the wrong thing and regret it. That’s why the Prophet (saw) says,”The strong one is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong one is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.” Being silent when you’re angry is crucial, because in a fit of rage you’ll most probably say that which you will regret afterwards. Your words will hurt others, severe relationship, even make you lose respect. And once that damage is done, you won’t be able to swallow your words. So, stay safe and don’t put yourself in a situation where you say to yourself,“ I wish I’d just kept my mouth shut.”
4) The fourth and last circumstance, is when you’re in the midst of a gossip, slander, or dirty joke session. If you can’t leave that hostile space, keep a straight face and make, “No comment.” If you are a special person who is courageous enough to defend others in their absence, then do so otherwise either leave or offer no comment. There is absolutely nothing you can say other than defending them that will be beneficial or rewarding in this situation. Remember the verse, “In no way does he utter a saying except that close to him is a (Guardian) constantly ready to record it” (Surat Qaf, 18). You don’t want to stare at your record on the Day of Judgment and find your gossip, slander, and foul language starting right back at you. Remember your words are part of your actions, if you don’t realize that you’ll be making a lot of mistakes and won’t even notice it until the book of records is laying in your hands. It’ll be too late then.
In closing, remember all of these are applicable to social media as well. Don’t read two words/phrases/clauses/sentences from someone’s comment/s and then respond. If you are going to respond you owe it to that person to read their entire comment /s, ponder over them and learn from them before responding. Don’t repeat/paraphrase what someone has already said, maybe just “Like” it or don’t respond at all because someone already said what you wanted. Don’t read someone’s comment with the intention to just attack them, your angry attitude towards that person will cloud your judgment and be reflected in your response. Don’t read into someone’s words what they didn’t say, instead ask for clarification. Don’t follow your doubts and false assumptions. All of these situations are covered under the hadith of the Prophet (salah Allah alayhe wa salam), “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent.”Be wise. Let your silences be an indication of your respectful and thoughtful nature. Let your utterances be reminders for yourself and others. Let your observations of situations around you be examples to follow or warnings to take heed from.
Next time you find yourself in these situations, remember, “Shhhhh!”
Reflections on verses 1-5 of Surat Al-Hajj October 7, 2010
Surat Al-Hajj continues from where Surat Al Anbiyaa left off—the Hereafter. It starts by powerfully addressing all of humankind without exception, “O humankind, fear your Lord! The Quake of the Hour is a thing terrible indeed.” (22:1) Allah (SWT)—our Creator who appointed Himself as our Provider and Sustainer, who reared and nurtured us through His infinite mercy and blessing—reminds us of the terror of the Hour. A reminder which is a mercy and blessing, in and of itself. Indeed, Allah (SWT) sends us reminders throughout our lives in the form of gestures, signs, alerts, alarms, and even loud sirens to wake us up from heedlessness. The question is not whether you have been forewarned, because you definitely have, but rather how sensitive are you to messages from Allah (SWT)? Some of us are extra sensitive to the slightest of gestures, whereas others only hear the loud sirens signalling danger. Are they hard of hearing? Nope, but rather their sins have caused a thick coating around their hearts. For as the Prophet (saw) warns us, “When one commits a sin, a black speck appears on his heart. If he disowns it and repents, his heart will be purified. But if he ignores it and repeats the/a sin, the spot spreads, until it overtakes the entire heart.”(Tafsir al-Qurtubi, vol. 19, pg. 259) So assess your sensitivity to the messages of Allah (SWT)? And if you aren’t picking up the signals, practice caution by resorting to repentance it’s real tough on sins. Oh, why go far? What impact does the first verse of Surat Al Hajj have on you? Does it pierce your heart and cause you to tremble? Or is it merely words and nothing beyond that?
The weight of words on the listener depends on who is saying them. When we read the headlines: “Millionaire Gives in Charity” what is the amount that comes to your mind? So, imagine when Allah (SWT) the Lord of the Worlds, the Great and Magnificent describes the Hour as “terrible”? This “quake” will change the state of the universe and time as we know them forever. Of course, during our lifetimes, we have heard of and maybe even witnessed quakes in the form of natural disasters, but these are minuscule compared to that of the Hour. These are but a taste of things to come.
To aid us in understanding the terror of the “terrible quake” and its impact on us Allah (SWT) the All Merciful explains further, bringing us close to its impact, “On the day you witness it, every nursing woman shall forget her nursing child; every pregnant woman will deliver what she is carrying; And you shall see mankind drunk, but they are not drunk. Rather, the doom of Allah is so grievous.” (22:2) Breastfeeding is the most extraordinarily intimate experience between mother and child. During this very special on-on-one session, the whole world fades into the background. Their eyes lock, fingers intertwine and then wander to trace each others’ faces. So attentive is the mother to her suckling child, that any unusual sound is reason for alarm. So, terrible will be the impact of the Hour on this very same mother, that her eyes that were once attentive to her suckling child will be distracted to the point of forgetfulness. The most intimate ties will be severed. So sudden and powerful is this quake, that every expecting mother who struggles throughout her pregnancy to keep her child will deliver it whether it has reached to term or not. Similarly, trees bearing fruit will be completely unburdened. And the whole human race will be so engrossed in their strange surroundings with utmost certainty that it is real. They stagger in drunken stupor, yet they are not drunk rather it is the reality of the doom that has befallen them. This verse Allah (SWT) is grabbing us by the collar and shaking us to the reality of the matter. It is real and hence Allah (SWT) speaks of it in the past tense. It is so certain that it is a done deal.
Despite this certainty there are those why deny this knowledge “about Allah.”. Allah says, “Among people is one who argues about Allah, without knowledge, and follows thereby every obdurate demon. It has been decreed upon him, whoever takes him for counsel, he shall lead him astray and guide him to the torment of the raging Fire.” (22:3-4) In so much of a denial are they that they are willing to debate the authenticity of the existence of Allah and the Hereafter, so much so that they deem it even unnecessary to acquire the proper knowledge to debate the matter. Ignorance is all that is required for them to hold a “scholarly” debate. Some go as far as to publish books based on this pseudo knowledge. Their resistance to the in-depth study of the verses of Allah (SWT) attests to the fear of their turbulent souls encountering a truth they would be forced to submit to, how could they when they are madly in love with their own thoughts and ideas—a license for their imagination to go wild. They concoct sophisticated fabrications that are seen for what they are by the intelligent: eloquent pseudo-knowledge packaged in hardcover copies, hugged by designer dust jackets, that adorn the shelved of eminent library.
These pseudo scholars are deluded by the supposition that the mere reading of books by those who have taken great pains to write them after a lifelong acquisition of knowledge, transforms them into instant scholars. Reading on its own is insufficient, but rather as Allah (SWT) advised “. . . ask the followers of the reminder if you know not.” (21:7) For accepting one’s self as ones counsel, rather than the experts in the matter is indeed following the plan devised by Shaytan. It is the acquisition of knowledge Shaytan-style. Shaytan relied on his own knowledge to question Allah’s (SWT) order about prostrating to Adam (as). Shaytan proclaimed arrogantly, “I am better than he. You created me of fire but him You created of clay.” (7:11) Hellfire was decreed for Shaytan as it was for his future followers and supporters.
Imagine the fate of these pseudo scholars; after living their entire lives in the dark in this world, and they suddenly come out to the light of the truth in the Final Hour. How will their eyes adjust to the sudden light? Indeed they will go blind. They relied on themselves for knowledge beyond their human capability, ignoring the light of guidance leading them to it—the light in the revelation, the Qur’an. If only they accepted and approached the light, walked through it gradually and gave their eyes time to adjust they would have found themselves in unison with the rest of the Universe—praising Allah (SWT).
In our own quests for knowledge beyond our human faculties, this verse ought to cause us to pause and re-assess. Who are our guides? Are they Allah’s (SWT) book and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) and those who adhere to them? When we are lost out on the street, do we simply take the hand of anyone who offers to guide us? If the answer is no, then similarly why surrender our mind to anyone when it comes to our religion. Do we not aspire for heavenly advice that in earnest is “off the hook”—I am using it in original sense used by Frederick Douglass, i.e. liberating. Just so we are “off the hook” when we meet our Lord (SWT)! We ought to be worried whether or not, in our quest for knowledge, we are “pleasing Allah.” That should be our number one worry in our quest for knowledge in life. And we ought to know that there are those who are “going down” and they want to pull us down with them.
Yet, the All-Merciful still addresses those in doubt,
“O mankind, if you are in doubt about the resurrection, We created you from dust, then from sperm, then from a blood clot, then from a morsel, formed and unformed, to make it plain to you. And We plant in the wombs whatever We desire, for a stated term, Then We bring forth, a child, and then to reach full maturity. Some of you die, some are held over to the most degrading old age, So that, once having known, he comes to know noting. And you will see the earth lifeless, but when We send down the rain upon it, it vibrates, and doubles its yield, and comes out in plants, of every kind, a joy to behold. This is so because Allah is the Truth.” (22:5)
How many people today on a quest to find their origins pay money to genealogists? They say that their peace of mind and sense of direction in life depends on it. Allah (SWT) offers it for free, and goes further than any modern genealogists dares to go. Allah (SWT) takes us back to our very beginning, when it was just us and Allah (SWT). Our father Adam (as) was literally created from soil and so were we his descendents. We are literally made of soil, live on it, and are nurtured from it. So, go and grab yourself a handful of soil and know with certainty that that is indeed your beginning.
Then Allah (SWT) tells you about the early stages of your development—scientifically called embryology, a science just recently discovered in the 20th century. Science tends to talk about this stage mechanically—but it is the prime example of Allah’s Mercy when none could claim any involvement in providing for you. We all witnessed it even though we don’t remember, and Allah (SWT) reminds us of it. We were a little drop of water that took its journey down the fallopian tube, and then buried ourselves into the wall of the uterus and hung there for dear life. Who knew that we even existed then? None but Allah! That first gush of blood to the uterus was Allah (SWT) saying, “Welcome dear creation of Allah.” Some of us came to term and some of us didn’t yet, in the eyes of the believer, faith that Allah (SWT) is indeed the All-Merciful places both cases in a positive light. As for our date of arrival into this world, modern science and technology can attempt to “pretty accurately determine it” but the final say is Allah’s (SWT). Allah (SWT) continues that some die young, while others mature and continue to the most abject time of life—old age. These are facts of life, “. . . This is so because Allah is the Truth.” (22:5) Can modern science and technology change this fixed process? Can they find a cure for death? Can modern science and technology concerned with anti-aging methods and concoctions stop the aging process? Time and time again the helplessness of our human abilities are apparent, yet many refuse to see. We can only ask Allah (SWT) that if we were to reach the abject stage of old age, that Allah (SWT) preserve our minds. It has been proven through example that memorizing and studying the book of Allah (SWT) preserves the mind in old ago. So, remember to use your brain cells well in your youth, so they serve you well in old age.
Then Allah (SWT) gives another live example of Allah’s (SWT) ability to resurrect the dead, “And you will see the earth lifeless, but when We send down the rain upon it, it vibrates, and doubles its yield, and comes out in plants, of every kind, a joy to behold.” (22:5) Today modern technology, intentionally or unintentionally, has confirmed that “. . . Allah is the Truth” (22:5) so watch this video and see for yourself as a dead seed comes to life once again. Likewise, I hope that our hearts have come to life when we sincerely seek to understand the words of Allah (SWT).
Will have the next verses that we talked about posted soon insha Allah. . .
On Completion of Surat Al Anbiyaa (Chapter 21) September 21, 2010
Inspired by Sister Raghad’s interpretation of verses 97-112
We completed the interpretation of Surat Al Anbiyaa and came to the realization that this surah is indeed a summary of the beginning and the end of our lives. Allah (SWT) the most powerful of writers, draws our attention at the onset of the Surah by describing the state of humankind—us included of course—in the face of the grave journey ahead of them:
“As the reckoning of humankind draws near, they turn their backs to it in heedlessness. There never comes to them a new reminder but that they listen to it while they are engrossed in play, their hearts preoccupied and distracted.” (21:1-3)
Each of us has a “departure date and time” on our tickets out of this “life” and the verse creates a sense of anxiety as that date and times creeps up on us. The anxieties that are precursors to a journey within the confines of this world are minuscule compared to the final journey of our life. So, right away we are drawn into this surah, by a reminder of our real “journey of a lifetime.” We are hooked from the very first verse of this chapter.
The closing verses of the Surah revisit the beginning verse but in an entirely different way—did I not mention that Allah (SWT) is the best of the writers. Nowadays, we are in awe of methods of the telling of events in books and movies—but by all standards Allah (SWT) is above all in this respect as well. This time He (SWT) presents us with a mental picture of the end of the” journey of a lifetime” for those whom Allah (SWT) described as heedless at the very beginning. They have reached their “final destination.” Here are their initial sentiments:
“And as the true promise of the Day of Resurrection is fulfilled, then you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly staring in horror. They will say, “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this. We were indeed the wrong-doers.” (21:97)
On reaching their final destination they absorb their new surroundings—the Hellfire. Their glassy eyes fixedly stare in horror. So unlike their jaw dropping and awe-striken gazes in this world. The breath-takings gasps at the sights and sounds, are now exchanged with self reproach. They will personally declare themselves “Losers” with an outstretched thumb and forefinger on their foreheads spelling the letter “L.” A fitting price for their heedlessness, for their hearts and minds being preoccupied with things other than their final destination–their return to the Creator (SWT). Of course, there is no doubt that we will all witness moments of heedlessness of the fact that we will return to Allah (SWT) for either reproach or praise, but the question is: for how long will we place preparation for the most crucial moment in our life’s journey in the back of our mind? On the back burner? On the top shelf behind scores of books? Or in a small box in the farthest corner up in the attic? In earnest, for how long are we going to push it further down on our list of things to do? For how long are we going to continue to commit this utter injustice to ourselves? Why don’t we reproach ourselves and return to Allah (SWT) today rather than tomorrow before it is too late? Every single one of us should have a “regretful self” that pulls the reins on us when we stray—a self that is constantly nagging us and reminding us of Allah (SWT) and our final return to Him (SWT). That reminds us of the final journey to the moment of truth.We will all develop a certain degree of “heedlessness” it is human, but our trips back to Allah (SWT) for repentance should be quick. For there are those who are heedless for a month, week, or day, but there are those who are heedless for merely hours, minutes or even seconds. You want to aspire to the latter, and you should be able to achieve it the closer you become to Allah (SWT).
To these losers beyond return, Allah (SWT) the All Merciful and Compassionate responds unsympathetically:
“Certainly, you, along with what you have worshipped besides Allâh, are fuel for Hell! Surely, you will enter it. Had these idols been gods, they would not have entered it. They will all abide therein. Therein they will be breathing out deep sighs and roaring in torment, and therein they will hear not.” (21:98-99)
Allah (SWT) has decreed their “final” place of arrival and settlement/residence is the city of “hellfire.” There is plenty of room therein for both them and their idols. They are likened to “hasab” which are literally “pieces of wood thrown in to sustain a roaring fire.” And indeed both they and their idols provide the fuel to sustain their own lives in their abode of Hell. In other words, their injustice to themselves make their eternal world in the hellfire go round. Note, this does not include the prophets (as), angels (as), and righteous who were taken as idols besides Allah (SWT)–but rather the idols made out of wood, metal, ivory and other material.
Then we hear them in the Hellfire. We hear their deep sighs of sadness and regret at the heedlessness of the certainty of this day. We hear them “roaring” with the pain of the physical and psychological torment. So absorbed are they in their own state of loss that they are oblivious to anything beyond it—they hear nothing but their own sighs and cries of regret and pain. Their sadness engulfs them, as did their heedlessness in this world.
In our books, this incident is one of the future but in Allah’s (SWT) it is of such certainty that it is a thing of the past. Indeed, who can give us a certain promise of the detailed events of the Hereafter except Allah (SWT)? Who has the right to talk about this part of the history of life? Indeed, no one but He (SWT). Although Allah (SWT) has provided us with a rundown of the events to come, we have not delved into the words of Allah (SWT) to internalize and boost our own certainty of the journey ahead of us prepare ourselves to the best of ability. Let not our case with Allah (SWT) be like that of this story:
A father travels abroad and writes back caringly to his family. Yet when he comes back he neither finds his family nor home –the former was destroyed and the latter sold. After investigation he finds out that his letters of guidance, counsel, and advice were never opened.
Let not the words of Allah (SWT) be more than words preserved in ink confined to pages imprisoned between two hard covers. If we are lost, it is not because He (SWT) misguided us, but we chose not to be guided. If we did not hear, it was because we chose not to listen. If we are lost, then it is because we chose not to follow.
Then Allah (SWT) the Merciful pacifies hearts that have trembled at the terror of these events:
“Verily those for whom the good has preceded from Us, they will be removed far there from. They shall not hear the slightest sound of it, while they abide in that which they desire. The greatest terror (on the Day of Resurrection) will not grieve them, and the angels will meet them: “This is your Day which you were promised.” (21:101-103)
This verse is a smile-in-the- making tugging at the corners of a believer’s lips. The goodness of the believers’ hearts fueled their good deeds in this world, and will in turn fuel their life in their final abode. In the Herafter, these believers are obviously saved from the fate of the heedless. So secure. Their hearing is sheltered from even the slightest sound of the hellfire (Arabic “hasees”)—yes fire has a sound listen. Their emotions are sheltered from the terror of that day–and the word for “terror” in the Qur’an is “Faz’a” which is a state of fear that is sudden and so intense that one fears for ones life, and is likely to cause unconscious or even loss of sanity. In comparison, the terrors of this world are transient and experienced by a select few–such as the ones we witness on TV in news reports of wars breaking out, mothers widowed, children orphaned, deserted and even killed, homes destroyed, and many slaughtered and massacred. But the terror of the Hereafter ALL will witness except those Allah (SWT) the Merciful has decreed them “exempt from terror.”
The angels will receive them and welcome saying “this is your big day”—the happiest moment in your life. The happiest moment in your entire life is not the day you got married, or had your first child these and many more of this word are all transient. Rather it is the day you are met with this greeting from the angels and you are shown into your final abode—Paradise. And when you enter, there is not even the slightest sense of anxiety one normally witnesses on arriving at a new destination. No getting lost before settling in. You know the address to your palace in Paradise like the back of your hand. You head home. Your worries in the world that were of the Hereafter are laid to rest forever. And you will achieve and continue to achieve in it, “that which they [you] desire.” In this world, luxuries are fulfilled at least through articulation or the simple push of button, but in Paradise they take on a new level. “Desire” it and it is yours—you don’t have to take the trouble of asking or pushing a button, just desire it and it appears in front of you.
Such are the two final destinations for the two kinds of passenger on the journey of life, and with that Allah (SWT) flips the final page on the book of this life. Like a teacher who closes the book at the completion of the curriculum. And with that He (SWT) , “. . . roll[s] up the sky like a scroll rolls up books, As We began the first creation, We shall renew it, (it is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it.” (21:104) (For a detailed account of this either read Qur’an: prior to science and civilization by Mlivo Mustafa , particularly “The Big Crunch” (p.59) and “The Contraction and Time Reversal” (p.60). Or I would highly recommend you listen to Dr. Zaghloul Al Najjar on this matter here). But in brief, here is the history of the earth as non-Muslim scientists have mapped it unaware of Allah’s (SWT) statement in the Qur’an, “As We began the first creation, We shall renew it, (it is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it” (21:104)
“The universe starts with a Big Bang, expands to a maximum dimension, then recontracts and collapses (to the Big Crunch); no more awe-inspiring prediction was ever made.” Quotation from Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne and John A. Wheeler in “Gravitation”, W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1973, page 1196.
Scientists today are theorizing that the world will come to an end. Life as we know it will cease to exist. But Allah (SWT) the Creator of the universe confirmed this with certainty and not hypothetically or theoretically 1400 years ago. So, do you believe Allah (SWT)? If you do, then know that evidence of belief is manifested in ones actions—so your life should attest to this certainty from Allah (SWT).
Then Allah (SWT) says:
“And indeed We have written in Az-Zabûr [i.e. all the revealed Holy Books – the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), the Psalms, the Qur’ân] after (We have already written in) Al-Lauh Al-Mahfûz (the Book, that is in the heaven with Allâh), that My righteous slaves shall inherit the land (i.e. the land of Paradise). Verily, in this Qur’ân there is a plain Message for people who worship Allâh.” (21:106)