Concept of Hereafter

SKIN SPEECH

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala, June 1987

Man’s skin, according to the Quran will testify against him on the Day of Judgement:

Reason or Deception

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala, April 1987, p. 13

The Quran makes it clear that a prophet invariably adopts the standpoint of Bayyinah, that is, reason. By contrast, his opponents have nothing on which to base their arguments save blind opposi­tion and deception. While a Prophet’s words are based on facts, his opponents’ utterances are founded on egoism and contumacy.

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE BOUND

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Prophet Mohammad initially forbade his followers to visit graves. The Muslims had only recently shaken off the pre-Islamic customs of idol-worship and, if they had gone to graves, old customs might have found new expression in undue veneration at gravesides. The real purpose in visiting graves might have been lost on them. When the Prophet finally lifted the prohibition, he defined in clear terms exactly why they should do so: “Visit graves”, he said, “For they remind one of death.” (Musnad Ahmad, Hadith No. 1236,1237)

ROSE-COLOURED SPECTACLES

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WHY CALAMITIES BEFALL MAN

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When a train is about to leave a station, the guard blows a whistle. The purpose of this whistle is to warn people of the train’s impending departure, so that anyone still on the platform can come and take his seat on the train. But there are two ways of interpreting this whistle. If it is considered to be just a noise, it will have no meaning. But if it is considered to be an alarm, then it fits into place and takes on its proper meaning.

THE VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES

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Dr. Uttam Parkash, head of the department of Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, so excelled in his field that he was awarded the coveted title of Padma Bhushan.

THE GREAT HAPPENING

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Prophet Mohammad once asked his companion, Abdullah ibn Masood, to read him a part of the Quran. “I – read the Quran to you, when unto you it has been revealed?” Ibn Masood asked. “Yes,” the Prophet answered, “I like to hear it read by someone else.” So Abdul­lah ibn Masood started Surah
An-Nisa. When he reached this verse, the Prophet asked him to stop:

How will it be when we produce a witness from every nation and call upon you to testify against them? (4: 41)

Man’s Accountability

Once we have become clear in our minds that the after-life truly exists, we realize that the sole aim of our earthly existence should be to strive for success in the life to come, for, unlike the present ephemeral world, the Hereafter is eternal and real. What we understand by suffering and solace in this world cannot be compared with the suffering and solace of the Hereafter.

Man’s Trial

Man is being tested in this world to see what response he offers in certain given situations. It is man and man alone who is being tested in this way. An inanimate object, such as a stone or a piece of wood, would not find itself re¬quired to give responses to varying sets of circumstances. Man, on the other hand, is an aware, sensate being, who is stirred by the situations he faces in life, and who reacts to them mentally and physically, in word and in deed.