The Life of This World or the Hereafter

By: Nuor Shatila

“O ye who believe! What is the matter with you, That, when ye are asked To go forth in the Cause of Allah, Ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life Of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort Of this life, as compared With the Hereafter.” (9: 38)


This verse in the Holy Qu’ran acts as a reminder to me, a reminder that this life is not forever but in fact this life is minuscule compared to the Hereafter. Instead of taking advantage of every second Allah has granted us, we spend hours on worldly desires. Allah has put upon us many obstacles to test our patience, to test our strengths, and to test our faith. How will we spend the few years Allah has granted us? The choice is between two courses: will we choose a noble adventure of following our Creator, or live life for some small worldly gain? The pleasures in this world are only simple so we must constantly remind ourselves that the comfort of this life is little compared with the Hereafter.


Everyday I am faced with challenges that push my patience to the edge or divert me from my faith. I must push myself to go through these tribulations with endurance and pray that Allah will guide me through each obstacle. When we hear the call of prayer, do we really listen or do the words simply become background noise? When we pray, do we do so with knowledge that Allah is before us, or do we speed through the action so that we can get back to our daily lives? Many people cling to the earth without the thorough understanding that our lives are not permanent, but our lives are fleeting moments. We must take advantage of each moment to show Allah our place in the Hereafter. Will we choose to make sacrifices in this limited world in order to obtain the highest place in the next, or will be become distracted and go astray? May Allah guide each of us so that we may spend eternity in Jannah, insha’Allah.

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