Preparing for the Hereafter(The Abode of Recompense) – 10th Rabi’ al-Awwal 1437
We should be aware that we are in the abode of deeds and very soon we will move on to the abode of recompense. We must take advantage of our lives and all the opportunities Allah gives us to do good deeds. The good you do in your life will benefit you in your grave.
People fight and compete for the Dunya, turning away from the real life i.e. the life of the Aakhirah. The true believer’s concern is to prepare for that life.
The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)ﷺ said, “When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” (Muslim)
After death, you will no longer have the opportunity to get any reward, because your actions cease. Except for three deeds, which continue to reap rewards even after your death:
1) Ongoing charity
If someone builds a mosque, he will continue to receive the reward as long as people praying and benefit from this mosque.Only that charity which is done sincerely for the sake of Allah.
2) Knowledge which is beneficial
The knowledge which you learn and act upon as well as benefit others with is far better and more virtuous than ongoing charity.
Knowledge could be written knowledge you leave behind after your death or verbal.
People may discourage you from writing down what you learn and tell you that knowledge can be found everywhere nowadays. All you need to do is Google and you’ll get thousands of web pages at your fingertips.
When Imam Malik wanted to write his Muwattaموطأ some people around him said, “Many people are writing it, what is yours compared to theirs?”. After his death, all the Muwatta were lost and destroyed, except for his.
If you do an action sincerely for the sake of Allah, He will appreciate it. You are dealing with Allah, not the people. Do it so that Allah will accept it from you and add it to your scale.
Do whatever you can to benefit others. You don’t know, maybe that action will benefit you while you’re in your grave; that good deed which you may not have given much importance to.
3) A virtuous descendant who prays for him
It could be a righteous male or female descendant.
The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) specified making Du’aa. He didn’t say praying, or fasting, or giving charity. This indicates that the best deed a person can do for his parents after their death is Du’aa. The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) will not guide his Ummah except to what is best for them.
Some of the individuals among the companions asked if they could give charity on their parents behalf when they passed away and he said yes. But when he legislated it himself, he commanded us to make Du’aa.
Not everyone can fast for their parents. Not everyone can give charity. But anyone can make Du’aa.
If you are truly concerned about your future, put effort in making your child righteous.
A righteous son or daughter could be a grandchild or a descendant. If you do not have children, it could be your students whom you raise up with knowledge. We don’t know when death will come to us. We have to take advantage of our lives to do as much as we can of doing good deeds especially if we have health and free time.
Don’t listen to the Shaytan who tells you to wait until you’re older to do good. You don’t know what your situation will be when you’re older. You may not have the time or strength; and that’s if you live till then. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow. Do as much as you can of good deeds now.
The gate of goodness is open and wide. Take advantage of it.
The most important knowledge that we have to spend our lives seeking is the knowledge about Allah’s names and attributes. This is the purpose behind us being here in this world.
If you die doing that, then you have died upon a thing which Allah loves.
[From Ibn ‘Uthaymeens explanation of Riyadh As-Saliheen]