Friday, 25 May 2012
Two Doors We Will See after Death
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 17th January 2010.
Many people are heedless and ignorant, and we seek Allah's (s.w.t.) Forgiveness for us all. The heedless is one who does not take the time to know what is beneficial and what is detrimental for his worldly life, and for his life in the hereafter. The heedless does not bother to differentiate which of his intentions are poisonous, and which are antidotes.
Most people only bother to study the acts that bring them profit and help them avoid losses, in this worldly life but this worldly life is so short. We must realise which actions bring them elevation in the hereafter, and which ones bring intense sufferings and regret. The hereafter is forever so our blessed actions bring eternal rewards, and our cursed actions bring punishment. We should be paying meticulous attention to these acts that can bring eternal bliss or damnation. Forever is a very long time.
Death is an instantaneous transfer from this worldly to the spiritual plane of the ruh, and upon death, you are immediately moved to your spiritual station, which can be higher or lower than your worldly station. We are all equal now on earth, but death will transport us to where the disparities of our spiritual stations become immediately obvious. What is important is not our level in dunya but our final eternal level in akhirah.
When a person dies, his soul departs from his physical body and enters a realm where two doors exist. One door, the Door of Light, is on the right. The other door, the Door of Darkness, is on the left. Instinctively, all souls move towards the Door of Light, but an angel stops each soul and checks its passport, for on the first page of every passport is written which Door a soul is allowed to enter by. If a soul does not possess a passport for the Door of Light, it will be banished to the Door of Darkness on the left, in humiliation, punishment and fear.
Even in this worldly life, when we reach the border between two countries, we can only pass through if we carry a valid passport. Similarly, death is the border-crossing of the soul, and we cannot pass through the Door of Light, if our passport is for the Door of Darkness. Every human being who has died has passed through these doors. Our turn will come. We, too, will be stopped, and have our passport checked. We must ask ourselves if we are already guaranteed to carry the passport for the Right-Hand Door.
It is the teaching of the accursed Shaythan that we forget about death and make no preparation for it. Nowadays, in schools, we study mathematics, science, history and many other subjects. This has no real bearing on our passport and Door. But if we leave the study of true Islam, and we cease to prepare for death, that has a profound impact on the type of passport we will carry and which Door we will pass through. We must study knowledge that prepares us for death, for that will determine if you leave by the right or left Door. Those who pass through the right door will enter the seven heavens, the width and expanse of which is indescribable. But for those banished to the left door, a Voice will cry out, “You are not Allah's (s.w.t.) servant; you did not live as one. You opposed Allah's (s.w.t.) Commands and you are now Banished from His presence.”
We should ponder this matter deeply, as it concerns our eternity. We must take care not to fall into the traps of complacency, indifference and obstinacy. Shaythan wants us to forget about death, and to fall into darkness. Death can take us at any time. Each time we go to sleep, we do not know if we will ever wake up again. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that this religion is advice, so spread this advice to all whom we meet and all whom we love. We advise everyone to beware of Shaythan. We must not fall into darkness. Shaythan has been busy spreading his message of indifference to death and akhirah.
The rich Muslims today, view secular education and civilisation as more advanced and desirable that the 'old-fashioned' Muslim culture. They discard Islamic behaviour and follow secular culture and ideals. They keep abreast of the latest developments in fashion and they practice a free and immoral lifestyle. We should be proud and grateful to be Muslims. We should hoist the flag of Islam by practising our sunnah and culture. There are no such things as fashion and a modern lifestyle. These are creations of Shaythan. There is only the sunnah of Rasulullah (s.a.w.), Loved by Allah (s.w.t.). Islam has never been backward; it is the way of life. We must not be influenced by advertisements that promote the modern secular lifestyle as the best way of life. We must not be seduced by Shaythan.
People, who have been seduced by advertisements, hanker after new clothes and the latest fashion, yet they forget, that when death comes, they are reduced to a worthless, stinking corpse, an ugly and unwanted carcass. Their families bury them quickly, and their fashion-filled life is over. We must remember our final destination and that we are now at the crossroads of our life. The road to the right leads to Jannah, and the road to the left leads to the Jahannam. Choose the path to the right, and be happy for eternity. Never choose the left road to damnation. We must take care in this matter.