Whatever we have been given…

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful,

Quran 28:60

“وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَمَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَزِينَتُهَا وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ”

“And whatever thing you [people] have been given – it is mataa of worldly life and its adornment. And what is with Allah is better and more lasting; so will you not use reason?”

Dear reader what does the word mataa mean?It has several connotations to it some of which are:

  • Something that will come to an end
  • Something to use
  • Something that makes you mature
  • Something to benefit from

Thus everything that is in your possession has the above qualities.

Allah our Kind Lord tells us about the insignificance  of this world and its adornments in comparison with the great and lasting delights which He has prepared for His righteous servants in the akhirah.

Whatever we have in term of assets (tangible and intangible) and experience should be used in order to help us fulfill our purpose of life and be successful in the akhirah.

Thus dearest reader, reason and act accordingly; Temporary unlawful (by Gods’ standard) enjoyment followed by eternal misery or temporary difficulty followed by eternal bliss.

This world and everything in it is temporary.That which will last is the good deeds we send forward for our souls to the next life.All righteous deeds stated in the Quran and authentic narrations of the Prophet Muhammad upon whom be peace are that which last.Allah the Exalted Most High tells us in the Quran:

Quran 18:46

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

“Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds ( eg five compulsory prayers, deeds of Allâh’s obedience, good and nice talk, remembrance of Allâh with glorification, praises and thanks, etc.), that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.”

Therefore dear reader,reason and use what you have to seek that which lasts.

Praise is due to Allah as befits the Majesty of His Face and the Greatness of His Sovereignty.

Asalaam aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.(May the peace and Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you.)

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