بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm – In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Syydiuna Abu bakr رضي الله عنه (Raḍiya ’llāhu ‘an-hu, May Allah’s mercy & blessing be upon him) manifested many of Allah’s سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ (subḥānahu wa-taʿālā, Glorified and Exalted) qualities, one of the main one was As – Siddique, the truthful.
Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ (Prestigious and Majestic) has put in humans attractions and interests which they cannot hide away from. People who say ‘I don’t want this’, will be leading a misleading life, as these attractions and desires will be simmering underneath and one day it will come out. The idea is not to hide away from these instincts which Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ has put in humans.
Surah Al Imran is clear in its statement on this as he سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ mentions has put attractions and desires in human beings and these desires do not end but always increase. There is no hiding away from these or leading a false life, a fake life. Syyiduna Rasulullah ﷺ (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, May Allah honour him and grant him peace) gave an analogy; if a person has one amazon jungle in gold he or she will want another one. (Paraphrased)
– People who deny their basic instincts are living a hybrid life, meaning they are leading a double life in which they are always fighting against their basic desires, this is why fulfilling it in the halal way is required.
The average man across the board – Muslim or non Muslim all want the basic same needs and desires fulfilled.
– Enormous amount of wealth
– men love women and vise vise versa.
– luxury means of travel
– natural beauty – scenes animals waterfalls
– perfect health – e.g perfect bodies, clothing etc.
– power and authority
– want to live forever e.g anti aging cream, seeking new avenues to increase life.
The above are not always possible to obtain, then the question comes; if all these desires and temptations are not possible to be obtained in this world then why did Allah تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ (tabāraka wa-taʿālā, Blessed and Exalted) put these desires in me?
– All the above desires are not wrong or something we should shun from. All these desires exist is because we are heavenly creation and we are trapped in this body and we are the Prince of somewhere else; Al Jannah.
– All the desires and attractions exist in humans is because we came from a different world where all these desires are fulfilled and will be always endlessly.. The believer knows he is from jannah and that is only where the desires will be fulfilled. In this world we are like the Prince who is in a prison cell.
– This is why humans both Muslim or non are tying to make their own paradise in this world, we are wired to live like a Prince/Princess but cannot have this experience in this world.
The solution to all the above predicament humans face is to then migrate and plan for the eternal place in the hereafter.
Even attaining the Majestic beauty of Allah in this world cannot be fulfilled, which will only be done in the hereafter.
Death is the door by which a human can achieve the other world; death is a portal. – a believer looks forward to his final end of this life. All the blessing here are small drops of what is in the hereafter and all pain is the snapshot of what is to come.
Syyindua Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه understood this and mentioned even if you try to fulfil all your desires and temptations still it will not meet your fulfilment, so only in the hereafter you will achieve this and it will be fulfilling with the ultimate pleasure of experiencing the closeness of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ.
– Shaddad was a tyrant king who denied the message of Allah تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ, the ulema mentioned at his time, he brought some scholars and asked them some questions and tried to make them accept him as their leader, they did not accept him. He asked ‘what do you teach people? Is it about those who want to live forever in the hereafter?’ They said ‘we invite to Allah and paradise of rivers, and amazing cities and pleasure’. So Shaddad ordered his men to bring the materials and then make all the things the ulema mentioned which will he avaliable in paradise like the milk, women, trees, palaces he started to create his own paradise in this world.. The whole project took approximately or 40 years and when the project was finished he invited the ulema to come and see his paradise and what they invite people to, to be experienced in the hereafter he said you can have it in this world, look I created it. However, when he was about to enter the garden and give a tour to people, the scholars, he died. So no matter what you do or achieve, even something like shaddad eventually death will put an end to it.
Quran 3:15-17 mentions the delights which await the pious and those who work hard.
This is what Syyiduna Abu bakr رضي الله عنه understood and was willing to sacrifice when the message was given by the noble prophet ﷺ.
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