(Part – 2)
When I keep striving to achieve a goal and find myself in a state where I lack motivation, I immediately take measures to revive my desire to achieve it. I concentrate on what works best for me and plan solutions that help, get me back on track. As five days remain of the last ten nights of Ramadan, I try to keep myself motivated through remembrance of the reward written for those who push themselves to attain Allah’s pleasure.
Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The people of Paradise will look at the dwellers of lofty mansions (i.e. a superior place in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star far away in the East or in the West of the horizon. This is because of their superiority over one another (in reward).” One of the people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Are these lofty mansions for the Prophets which no one else can reach?” The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) replied, “No! By Allah, in whose Hands is my life, these are for men who believe in Allah and also believe in the Messenger.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
‘Jannah’ is undoubtedly the reward for those who strive in the oath of Allah, those who strive to please Him. As I remind myself of this infinite reward, I can’t help but comprehend the marvels of having the chance to explore all fascinating aspects of this magical, mystical land and more.
- Sidrat al-Muntaha – I can’t help but imagine what it would feel like touring the ‘Sidrat al-Muntaha’. It would be extremely delightful to be able to explore this magnificent, beautiful tree that is home to spectacular creatures. Even in this world, trees are a symbol of life and flourishing ecosystem. It is beyond imagination to experience moments near a magical tree with golden butterflies and changing colour. And this is just a limited description provided to us about it. It is a tree that is alive and constantly growing in its beauty. Imagine seeing angels (like birds here on earth) sitting on it and glorifying Allah (swt). Imagine being able to see what Allah has hinted at in the below verse:
‘when the lote-tree was covered by that which covered it.’ (Surah Najm, Verse 16)
Means there is something that covers it but Allah hasn’t disclosed that to us but rather created a sense of suspense so as to try to gain it.
- Al-Lawh al-Mahfooz – A part of it has been sent down as the Holy Quran and it is miraculous. How would it feel to have access to the entire ‘Lawh Al Mahfooz’ and being able to read about anything and everything that has happened. Something like reading a comprehensive encyclopedia. The knowledge that is accessible here on earth is limited as compared to the vastness of the universe. So, this would be a never-ending, highly breathtaking read and Allah knows best.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The first thing Allah created was the Pen. He said to it: Write. It asked: What should I write, my Lord? He said: Write what was decreed about everything till the Last hour.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3319)
So the Pen wrote upon the Preserved Tablet. It is beyond human comprehension to imagine this Pen and Tablet which has a record of every action, utterance, thought and movement within creation, from the moment the Pen began writing till the Last hour. Know that, even if a leaf is to fall from a tree within the darkness of the night in an isolated forest, the precise time of its falling and the path of descent has been written upon the Tablet.
- Baitul Ma’mur – The pull that every believer feels towards the House of Allah (Kaa’ba) in this world is quite evident. Wouldn’t it be mesmerising to see the real form of this replica. If given a chance who wouldn’t want to experience angels doing ‘tawaf’ (circumambulation) and so much more.
In a hadith about Isra and Miraj (The night journey and the ascension to Heaven), the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allah’s House). I asked Jibril about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily)” (Sahih Bukhari 3207; Sahih Muslim 164)
- Interacting with all of Allah’s creation – One of the reasons why‘Jannah’ is a favourite abode is because one gets to live with loved ones free of any care and worry. It is also a place to reunite with those lost during this life’s journey.Additionally, it is also a place where Allah’s chosen creation will reunite as one massive group ofrighteous servants – Prophets, angels, humans, jinn and other forms of life Allah has created.
“Indeed, We have dignified the children of Adam, carried them on land and sea, granted them good and lawful provisions, and privileged them far above many of Our creatures.” (Surah Al Isra, Verse 70 )
Allah is telling us here that humans are higher than many other creatures – but not all of them (hence His use of the word ‘many’). And since it is known that humans are higher than angels, jinn, and animals, this verse is alluding to another form of creation – perhaps, alien life. And Allah Knows best.
Surpassing the possibilities of this restricted world, the universe is filled with adventures and blessings to look forward to. And all that Allah expects in return is to sacrifice a few years for an eternity of bliss. Clearly, no one has the ability to achieve a great status infront of Allah (swt), merely based on their efforts. Being worthy of having a share in these things – to see them and gain pleasure from them – is purely Allah’s mercy. These creations work like catalyst in boosting one’s faith. With so much to achieve and nothing to lose, one must be driven to take those extra efforts and make worship in these remaining nights of ‘Ramadan’ the best they can.
(Do let us know if you were able to catch the ‘night of decree’ this Ramadan in the comment section below)