We know that in the next life Allah will reward our good deeds and treat us with generosity and fairness. We know death is just the beginning of real life
Know that the life of this world is all sport and play and merriment and boasting among yourselves and rivalry in the multiplication of wealth and children. It is like rain, whose growth of vegetation is pleasant to farmers, but later it dries and turns yellow and then becomes chaff. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and also Allah’s forgiveness, and His pleasure. And this present life is only the pleasure of illusion. (Quran 57:20). Therefore, by believing that the afterlife is more important than this worldly life, it actually gives contentment to believers.
Being focused on our purpose in the next life gives us purpose in life. Having a purpose motivates us to act and gives us a reason to live. We also feel more content given the temporary nature of this world. The love of the desires of women and sons and the hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle are made beautiful to men. It is the provision of the life of this world. And Allah_ (with Him) is the good goal (of life). Say: shall I tell you what is better than these? For those who guard themselves against evil have Gardens with their Lord, in which streams flow, to dwell therein, and pure companions and the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the seer of the servants (Quran 3:13-14).
Can you imagine what it would be like to believe that this is the only life? We would pin all our hopes on this short life. It would cause anxiety because we would feel like this life is the only chance we have to get it all. We would be very disappointed if we didn’t get what we wanted. Alhamdulillah we believe the next life is the true life of joy. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Guarantee me six things and I will guarantee you paradise: speak the truth when you speak, keep your promises, be faithful when you are trusted, protect your private parts, lower your gaze, and restrain your hands (from harming others). (Bukhari).
We know that in the next life Allah will reward our good deeds and treat us with generosity and fairness. We know that death is only the beginning of real life. Many people live in constant fear of death because they think it’s the end of their existence. And those who believe and do good, We will certainly remove their afflictions and reward them for the best they have done. (Quran 29:7). Because we know this life is imperfect, we don’t have high expectations of this life. Because our expectations are lower, we appreciate small blessings more.
“If prosperity comes to the believer, he is grateful (to God), and if adversity falls on him, he patiently perseveres” (Muslim). Because we know there is another life, we hope to see our deceased loved ones in the hereafter. We accept the loss of anything with more peace because we know that life in this world is temporary in nature. What is with you passes and what is with Allah endures. And We will certainly give those who are patient their reward for the best they have done. (Quran 16:96).
Therefore, believers in Allah do not need to have a perfect life, marriage, or financial situation to feel worthy. Their self-esteem comes from the relationship with Allah. As long as the believers are on the right path (Islam), they are more than enough.
Every soul will taste death. And you will receive your reward entirely on the day of resurrection. So whoever is removed from the Fire and brought into the garden, he indeed reaches the object. And the life of this world is nothing but a store of vanities. (Quran 3:184).
The writer is a law student at KU