Tuesday 29 November 2022

Allah promises Ultimate Reward for the righteous slaves (Al Hadith ul Qudsi)

Allah, the Lord of the entire universe, has given the man two choices to choose from while in his worldly life: The hard life of tests and trials with its ultimate reward in the life of the Hereafter, and the life of amusement and lewdness in this earthly world with severe retribution in the life of the hereafter. Those who choose the latter form are generally seen joyous, merrily living their lives and in a state of immense amusement. These people are often envied by many who cannot afford a luxurious life with no worries and amusement. But the men of faith and the true and righteous slaves of Allah know that the illusions of this world have no meaning to them for their reward of curbing their desires and taking the harder tests in this life for they have been promised a much luxurious life that one cannot even dream of.

This life of comfort and luxury is such that man's shallow vision cannot even perceive what reward is in waiting in the life of Hereafter as has been promised in the 17th verse of Surah 32. As-Sajda. This in fact is a reference to the eternal kingdom which the righteous will receive as a reward for the few days of effort they put in.:
فَلَا تَعۡلَمُ نَفۡسٌ مَّاۤ اُخۡفِىَ لَهُمۡ مِّنۡ قُرَّةِ اَعۡيُنٍ​ۚ جَزَآءًۢ بِمَا كَانُوۡا يَعۡمَلُوۡنَ‏ 
(32:17) No one knows what delights of the eyes are kept hidden for them as a reward for their deeds.
Yusuf Ali in his explanation of the verse terms Delights of the eye as an idiom for that which pleases most and gives most satisfaction. In our present state we can scarcely imagine the real Bliss that will come to us in the Future.

Muhammad Asad notes that literary "what is kept hidden for them [by way] of a joy of the eyes", i.e., of blissful delights, irrespective of whether seen, heard or felt. The expression "what is kept hidden for them" clearly alludes to the unknowable - and, therefore, only allegorically describable - quality of life in the hereafter. The impossibility of man's really "imagining" paradise has been summed up by the Prophet in the well-authenticated hadith: "God says: 'I have readied for My righteous servants what no eye has ever seen, and no ear has ever heard, and no heart of man has ever conceived'" (Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Abu Hurayrah; also, Tirmidhi). 

The same promise has been mentioned in a Hadith ul Qudsi, as mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī  (Book 97 Oneness, Uniqueness of Allah (Tawheed) كتاب التوحيد / Chapter 35: “…They want to change Allah’s Words….” باب قَوْلِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى ‏{‏يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُبَدِّلُوا كَلاَمَ اللَّهِ}) as Hadith 7498, reproduced herein under:

Narrated by Abu Huraira:

حَدَّثَنَا مُعَاذُ بْنُ أَسَدٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنْ هَمَّامِ بْنِ مُنَبِّهٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ قَالَ اللَّهُ أَعْدَدْتُ لِعِبَادِي الصَّالِحِينَ مَا لاَ عَيْنٌ رَأَتْ، وَلاَ أُذُنٌ سَمِعَتْ، وَلاَ خَطَرَ عَلَى قَلْبِ بَشَرٍ ‏"‏‏.‏
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Allah said, "I have prepared for My righteous slaves (such excellent things) as no eye has ever seen, nor an ear has ever heard nor a human heart can ever think of.' "

The Grade of this Hadith is "Muttafaqun Alayhi", for this also appears in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim in Book Sahi Muslim, Chapter 52 (The Book of Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties and Its Inhabitants), Baab: Jannat Aur Is Ki Naimatein Awr Ehl E Jannat as Hadith number 7132.

Besides Bukhari, Muslim (as mentioned above), Tirmidhi and Imam Ahmad have in different ways cited on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah says: I have made ready for My righteous servants that which has neither been seen by the eye, nor heard by the ear, nor ever conceived by any man.” The same thing has been reported with a little difference in wording by Abu Said Khudri, Mughirah bin Shubah and Sahl bin Saad asSaidi from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and related with authentic links by Muslim. Ahmed, Ibn Jarir and Tirmidhi.

So, believers, and even non-Muslims reading this post, be happy if you have chosen the righteous, yet the harder life, to please Allah and mock the Satan for he must be feeling helpless not having brought you in his evil fold and seeing you slipping away from his life of lust and lewdness. Let us all remain steadfast and anxiously wait for the immense reward that awaits us in the life of Hereafter, something that we in this world cannot even perceive of.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door.  
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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