Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return. (Surah Baqarah 2: 28)
What happens to us when we die? What is the soul? Where are heaven and hell? Is there a reckoning with the creator? Questions such as these about death and dying have frightened and fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. This session explores these existential questions by providing an overview of answers from the sacred scriptures. It examines the viability of reincarnation, the sensual imagery of Paradise, as well as what to make of near-death experiences. Theological scholarship combined with insight and sensitivity make this session thoroughly translatable, a simple introduction to profound and complicated subjects.
How much do we invest in our dunya (this world) and how much do we invest in our akhirah (the next world)? Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy gives a khutbah reminding us about the importance on preparing for the akhirah.
“Those who have believed and done righteous deeds (will be) in the flowering meadows of the Gardens (Paradise), having whatever they wish in the presence of their Lord. That is what is the great bounty.” [Surah Ash-Shura 42:22]
Heaven. Its roof is the throne of Allah, its buildings are of gold and silver, its rocks are of pearls and jewels. Heaven. Its ground and soil are of musk and saffron, its fruits are softer than butter and sweeter than honey, its leaves are softer than the softest of cloths. Heaven. Its gardens are of delight, underneath which rivers flow; rivers of water, milk, wine, and honey. Its inhabitants will leave therein happy and without worry, given comfort after comfort, granted wish after wish. Heaven. Its dwellers will receive Allah’s pleasure and will revel in the greatest pleasure of all: to see Allah.
Heaven: oh, how we wish for it so: for ourselves and our families and friends. Fill your heart with hope and love of Allah during this session, as you learn about this final station in the Journey through the Hereafter, this station of eternal bliss…
“There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell); this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished. Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.” [Surah Maryam 19:71-72]
After the Divine reckoning, only one task will remain that will stand between us and the blessed Paradise: crossing over the bridge of Al-Sirat. The task is the final mission, the moment of truth. This bridge is described as thinner than a hair and sharper than a sword. Some will pass the bridge with great speed a little hesitation while others will cross with difficulty. Some may slip and even fall into Jahannam.
Once this task is completed, the disobedient wrong-doers will take their place in Hell awaiting their punishments and torments. And the obedient servants of Allah will be allowed to enter their rightful home in Jannah, which they will recognize better than their dwellings on earth. There, they will await the endless bounties bestowed on them by Allah, As-Salaam (the Giver of Peace).
A lecture based on one of his well-known khutbahs about charity. Imam Siraj Wahhaj demonstrates the reality of wealth from an Islamic perspective. He reminds the audience to use their money wisely and inspires them to spend now before it’s too late. Remarking that this is one of the most important topics to understand, he places the life of this world in the proper context and reminds us of just how fleeting material things really are. A great talk that emphasizes the importance of giving and that our true security comes with investing in the hereafter. Includes an extensive question and answer session that addresses, among other things, the following issues: saving money in the bank, balance in spending, zakat on gold jewelry, sadaqah jariyyah, reward for helping non-Muslims, and giving zakat to non-Muslims. (Duration: 1 hour, 35 min)