Status of this Life

 

وَ اضۡرِبۡ لَہُمۡمَّثَلَ الۡحَیٰوۃِ الدُّنۡیَا کَمَآءٍ اَنۡزَلۡنٰہُ مِنَ السَّمَآءِ فَاخۡتَلَطَ بِہٖنَبَاتُ الۡاَرۡضِ فَاَصۡبَحَ ہَشِیۡمًا تَذۡرُوۡہُ  الرِّیٰحُؕوَ کَانَ اللّٰہُ عَلٰی کُلِّ شَیۡءٍ  مُّقۡتَدِرًا. اَلۡمَالُ وَالۡبَنُوۡنَ زِیۡنَۃُ  الۡحَیٰوۃِ الدُّنۡیَاۚ وَ الۡبٰقِیٰتُ الصّٰلِحٰتُ خَیۡرٌ عِنۡدَ  رَبِّکَ  ثَوَابًا  وَّ  خَیۡرٌ  اَمَلًا.(18: 45-46)

And relate to them the parable of the life of this world: it is like the vegetation of the earth that thrives when watered by the rain We send down from the sky becoming lush and then turning into stubble which the wind scatters around. And God has power over all things. Wealth and children are the ornaments of this life and what remain are your righteous deeds that are better to God with regard to hope and reward. (18:45-46)

 

وَ مَا ہٰذِہِ  الۡحَیٰوۃُ  الدُّنۡیَاۤ  اِلَّا لَہۡوٌ وَّ لَعِبٌ ؕ وَ اِنَّ الدَّارَ الۡاٰخِرَۃَ  لَہِیَ الۡحَیَوَانُ ۘ لَوۡ  کَانُوۡا یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ.(64:29)

And the life of this world is only a sport and an entertainment. It is the abode of the life to come that is the place of real life, if they only knew it. (29:64)

 

 

This World: A Place of Trials

 

الَّذِیۡ  خَلَقَ الۡمَوۡتَ وَ الۡحَیٰوۃَ لِیَبۡلُوَکُمۡ  اَیُّکُمۡ  اَحۡسَنُ عَمَلًا ؕ وَ ہُوَ الۡعَزِیۡزُ  الۡغَفُوۡرُ .(67: 2)

[He] Who created death and life that He may test you as to which of you is best regarding deeds. And He is also Mighty and Forgiving. (67:2)

 

وَ نَبۡلُوۡکُمۡ بِالشَّرِّ وَ الۡخَیۡرِ  فِتۡنَۃً ؕ وَ اِلَیۡنَا  تُرۡجَعُوۡنَ.(35:21)

And We inflict you with sorrow and joy to test you, and to Us shall you return. (21:35)

 

اِنَّا جَعَلۡنَا مَا عَلَی الۡاَرۡضِ زِیۡنَۃً  لَّہَا لِنَبۡلُوَہُمۡ  اَیُّہُمۡ   اَحۡسَنُ  عَمَلًا.(7:18)

We have adorned the earth with whatever is in it so We can test them that who is the best regarding deeds. (18:7)

 

زُیِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ حُبُّ الشَّہَوٰتِ مِنَ النِّسَآءِ وَ الۡبَنِیۡنَ وَ الۡقَنَاطِیۡرِ الۡمُقَنۡطَرَۃِ مِنَ الذَّہَبِ وَ الۡفِضَّۃِ وَ الۡخَیۡلِ الۡمُسَوَّمَۃِ وَ الۡاَنۡعَامِ وَ الۡحَرۡثِ ؕ ذٰلِکَ مَتَاعُ  الۡحَیٰوۃِ الدُّنۡیَا ۚ وَ اللّٰہُ عِنۡدَہٗ حُسۡنُ الۡمَاٰبِ.قُلۡ اَؤُنَبِّئُکُمۡ بِخَیۡرٍ مِّنۡ ذٰلِکُمۡ ؕ لِلَّذِیۡنَ اتَّقَوۡا عِنۡدَ رَبِّہِمۡ جَنّٰتٌ  تَجۡرِیۡ مِنۡ تَحۡتِہَا الۡاَنۡہٰرُ خٰلِدِیۡنَ فِیۡہَا وَ اَزۡوَاجٌ مُّطَہَّرَۃٌ وَّ رِضۡوَانٌ مِّنَ اللّٰہِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ بَصِیۡرٌۢ  بِالۡعِبَادِ. اَلَّذِیۡنَ یَقُوۡلُوۡنَ رَبَّنَاۤ اِنَّنَاۤ اٰمَنَّا فَاغۡفِرۡ لَنَا ذُنُوۡبَنَا وَ قِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.اَلصّٰبِرِیۡنَ وَ الصّٰدِقِیۡنَ وَ الۡقٰنِتِیۡنَ وَ الۡمُنۡفِقِیۡنَ وَ الۡمُسۡتَغۡفِرِیۡنَ بِالۡاَسۡحَارِ. (٣:١٤-١٧)

People are temptedby the lure of women and sons, treasures of gold and silver, marked horses, cattle, and plantations. These are the provisions of life,but a better abode is with God. Tell them: “Shall I tell you what is better than these things? For the God-fearing there are orchards with their Lord beneath which rivers flow; they shall live in them forever and chaste wives and the pleasure of God.” And God is aware of His servants – those who pray: “Lord, we have professed faith; so, forgive our sins and protect us from the torment of the Fire”; those who are patient, truthful, obedient, who spend [for the cause of God] and who seek forgiveness at daybreak. (3:14-17)

 

 

Test of Wealth and Children

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا  الَّذِیۡنَ  اٰمَنُوۡا  لَا تُلۡہِکُمۡ اَمۡوَالُکُمۡ  وَ لَاۤ  اَوۡلَادُکُمۡ عَنۡ ذِکۡرِ اللّٰہِ ۚ وَ مَنۡ یَّفۡعَلۡ  ذٰلِکَ  فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡخٰسِرُوۡنَ. وَ اَنۡفِقُوۡا مِنۡ مَّا  رَزَقۡنٰکُمۡ مِّنۡ  قَبۡلِ اَنۡ یَّاۡتِیَ  اَحَدَکُمُ  الۡمَوۡتُ فَیَقُوۡلَ  رَبِّ لَوۡ لَاۤ  اَخَّرۡتَنِیۡۤ  اِلٰۤی  اَجَلٍ قَرِیۡبٍ ۙ فَاَصَّدَّقَ وَ  اَکُنۡ  مِّنَ  الصّٰلِحِیۡنَ. وَ لَنۡ  یُّؤَخِّرَ اللّٰہُ  نَفۡسًا  اِذَا جَآءَ اَجَلُہَا ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ  خَبِیۡرٌۢ  بِمَا تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ.(63: 9-11)

Believers! Let neither your wealth nor your children make you heedless of God’s remembrance. And those who do this shall surely be the losers. And spend of what We have given you before death comes to any of you and he says: “Lord! Why did you not give me some more time that I would have spent in charity and would have become among the virtuous?” And God never gives respite to a soul when its appointed time arrives. And God is aware of all that you do. (63:9-11)

 

اِنَّمَاۤ  اَمۡوَالُکُمۡ وَ اَوۡلَادُکُمۡ  فِتۡنَۃٌ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ  عِنۡدَہٗۤ   اَجۡرٌ  عَظِیۡمٌ. فَاتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ  مَا  اسۡتَطَعۡتُمۡ وَ اسۡمَعُوۡا وَ اَطِیۡعُوۡا وَ اَنۡفِقُوۡا خَیۡرًا  لِّاَنۡفُسِکُمۡ ؕ وَ مَنۡ یُّوۡقَ شُحَّ نَفۡسِہٖ  فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡمُفۡلِحُوۡنَ. اِنۡ  تُقۡرِضُوا اللّٰہَ  قَرۡضًا حَسَنًا یُّضٰعِفۡہُ لَکُمۡ  وَ یَغۡفِرۡ لَکُمۡ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ  شَکُوۡرٌ  حَلِیۡمٌ. عٰلِمُ  الۡغَیۡبِ وَ الشَّہَادَۃِ  الۡعَزِیۡزُ الۡحَکِیۡمُ.(64: 15-18)

Your wealth and your children are a test for you and with God rests great reward. So, fear God as much as you can and listen and obey and spend for your own good. Those who were protected from their soul’s greed will surely succeed. If you lend a generous loan to God, He will pay you back manifold and will pardon you. And Godis the Most Appreciative, the Most Forbearing. He has knowledge of the unknown and the manifest. He is the Mighty, the Wise One. (64:15-18)

 

 

Calamities

 

مَاۤ  اَصَابَ مِنۡ مُّصِیۡبَۃٍ  فِی الۡاَرۡضِ وَ لَا فِیۡۤ  اَنۡفُسِکُمۡ  اِلَّا فِیۡ  کِتٰبٍ مِّنۡ قَبۡلِ اَنۡ نَّبۡرَاَہَا ؕ اِنَّ  ذٰلِکَ عَلَی اللّٰہِ یَسِیۡرٌ .لِّکَیۡلَا تَاۡسَوۡا عَلٰی مَا فَاتَکُمۡ وَ لَا تَفۡرَحُوۡا بِمَاۤ  اٰتٰىکُمۡ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ  لَا یُحِبُّ کُلَّ  مُخۡتَالٍ فَخُوۡرِ. الَّذِیۡنَ  یَبۡخَلُوۡنَ وَ یَاۡمُرُوۡنَ  النَّاسَ بِالۡبُخۡلِ .(57: 22-24)

And every calamity that comes whether in the produce of the land or in your own persons is written in a book before We bring it into being. And this is easy for God. [You are being told this] so that you may not feel sad for things you lose or be jubilant at what He blesses you with. And God does not like all the arrogant and the proud who are miserly themselves and urge others to miserliness. (57:22-24)

 

 

Satan’s Web

 

وَ قَالَ  الشَّیۡطٰنُ لَمَّا قُضِیَ الۡاَمۡرُ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ وَعَدَکُمۡ وَعۡدَ الۡحَقِّ وَ وَعَدۡتُّکُمۡ فَاَخۡلَفۡتُکُمۡ ؕ وَ مَا کَانَ لِیَ عَلَیۡکُمۡ مِّنۡ سُلۡطٰنٍ  اِلَّاۤ  اَنۡ دَعَوۡتُکُمۡ فَاسۡتَجَبۡتُمۡ لِیۡ ۚ فَلَا تَلُوۡمُوۡنِیۡ وَ لُوۡمُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ ؕ مَاۤ  اَنَا بِمُصۡرِخِکُمۡ وَ مَاۤ  اَنۡتُمۡ بِمُصۡرِخِیَّ ؕ اِنِّیۡ کَفَرۡتُ بِمَاۤ اَشۡرَکۡتُمُوۡنِ مِنۡ قَبۡلُ ؕ اِنَّ الظّٰلِمِیۡنَ لَہُمۡ  عَذَابٌ اَلِیۡمٌ.(22:14)

And when the judgement has been passed [in the Hereafter], Satan will say [to his followers]: “God indeed made a true promise with you. I too made you a promise, but did not keep it. Yet I had no power over you. I only invited you, and you responded to me. Do not now blame me, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I reject from the beginning you making me God’s associate.” Indeed, there is a grievous penalty for the wrongdoers. (14:22)

 

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