Believing The Hereafter

Some people believe that there is no such thing as hereafter. They believe that people are just like candles. When they die, they simply vanish, like the light of the candle being blown. No responsibility or whatsoever for what they had done on earth. Thieves and murderers as well as pious people will end up in the same situation.

Believing in the existence of the hereafter is one of the Godly beliefs. Allah (God) warns human being about the existence of hereafter in the Qur'an chapter 6 verse 32, "What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But the best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?". Qur'an chapter 29 verse 64, "What is the life of this world but amusement and play But verily the home in thereafter, that is life indeed, if they but knew." And God says in the Qur'an chapter 17 verse 10, "And those who believe not in the hereafter, (it announceth) that We have prepared for them a penalty grievous (indeed)."

But as a matter of fact, even without the verses from the Qur'an, it is logical for a person to believe in the hereafter. All he has to do is to function his mind and heart or contemplate spiritually.

We all agree that a person must be responsible for every action he makes.  If we spill coffee to the floor, we must clean the floor. If we lose our parents' valuable item, we must replace it. When a person hurts someone physically, he must be responsible, at least by paying for the medication. When a person lies, he must face the consequence of his lying. When person steals or kills or rapes someone, he must face the laws for his evil deeds. So, basically, a person must be responsible. However, what if a person doesn't have a chance to be responsible or to receive the consequence of his actions when he was still alive on earth? Let's say a person who has done corruption for many years but never get caught or never get punished on earth and then suddenly he dies due to heart attack. Or a killer who never get caught and punished until he dies at his old age. It is just not fair, it is just not logical and it is against the common sense that such a person will just disappear from this world with his evil deed without being accounted for his action. On the contrary, it is logical that he will be accounted for his evil deeds 'somewhere' and 'somehow'. And that 'somewhere' and 'somehow' is the hereafter, in the form of either heaven for good deeds or hell for bad deeds.

Let's contemplate further. Imagine there are two dead bodies in front of us. One dead body is a kind, pious person who used to implement the teachings in the Qur'an when he was still alive. The other dead body is a bad person who used to disobey the teachings of God in the Qur'an. He used to lie, get angry, hurt people's feelings with nasty words and attitudes, and did things based on his desires. Those two dead bodies were wrapped by white, kafan fabric, special fabric for wrapping dead bodies. They both look the same, nothing different. When the faces are totally covered by the fabric, the living ones couldn't make the difference which one was a good person and which one was the bad one. It is against the common sense that the two people will just vanish or will not receive the consequence of their actions which are very different to each other.  So, the only perfect place for complete and fair calculation is the hereafter. God will give reward for the good deeds that haven't been rewarded on earth and God will give punishment for the bad deeds that haven't been paid on earth. In short, the hereafter with heaven and hell is the manifestation of God's attribute of being The Most Just.

Knowing that the hereafter exists is not enough because knowing will not result in action. Knowing lies in the brain and if it stays there, it will not give benefit at all. But bear in mind that knowing (knowledge) is important in a sense that it is the 'raw material' for being processed further in our heart. What is the most important is believing or having faith that hereafter exists. The believe, which lies in the heart, will result in action. What is the prove that someone does believe in the hereafter? Simply take a look at his behavior or action.

If a person still likes slandering or gossiping about other people, it means his belief of the existence of the hereafter is not yet strong. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Gossiping feels good on earth, but it can lead a person to hell in the hereafter."

If a person still feels in his heart that he is better than others it means his belief of the existence of the hereafter is not yet strong. God forbids human being to be arrogant.

If a person still does many bad things such as stealing, lying, cheating, hurting other people, it is then clear that he doesn't have strong belief, or he doesn't believe at all, of the existence of the hereafter. 

And if a person still refuses to help others or rejects to do good deeds, it means that he doesn't have strong belief, or he doesn't believe at all, of the existence of the hereafter. God promises in the Qur'an chapter 43 verse 72, "Such will be the garden (heaven) of which ye are made heirs for your (good) deeds (in life)." Furthermore in chapter 2 verse 82, "But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the garden (heaven). Therein shall they abide (forever)."

Thus, it is clear that if a person has a low quality of belief of the existence of the hereafter, his actions or behavior will not be good as God says in the Qur'an chapter 16 verse 60, "To those who believe not in the hereafter applies the similitude of evil…" 

Having a solid belief that hereafter exists will undoubtedly drive us to do as many God's rules as possible. It will be much easier for in accepting and comprehending the rest of God's rules. 

​Please recall the journey of human being:

soul world —-> mother's womb world —-> this world —-> grave world —-> hereafter (heaven and hell)

In the end, there are only two places that human being will arrive. Make sure that we have as many Godly beliefs, including the belief that hereafter exists, so that we don't end up in the wrong place…

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The Importance of Godly Beliefs

A bit of review from previous posts… What is the activity of spiritual contemplation? To contemplate spiritually means to feel using the heart and to think using the brain. The purpose of doing spiritual contemplation is to increase God awareness in our soul, not the intelligence. So, when contemplating we use our heart or soul more than we use our brain. Doing the contemplation (in Arabic is tafakur) itself has a great value in the sight of Allah. There are many verses in the Qur'an where God asks us, human being, to contemplate, to reflect, to understand. Here are some of the verses:

"Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah , they would have found within it much contradiction." (Qur'an chapter 4: verse 82)

"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding." (ch.3:190)

"The example of [this] worldly life is but like rain which We have sent down from the sky that the plants of the earth absorb – [those] from which men and livestock eat – until, when the earth has taken on its adornment and is beautified and its people suppose that they have capability over it, there comes to it Our command by night or by day, and We make it as a harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do We explain in detail the signs for a people who give thought." (ch. 10:24)

"[We sent them] with clear proofs and written ordinances. And We revealed to you the message that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought." (ch. 16:44)

A reference used for doing contemplation is the Qur'an and hadith (sayings of the Prophet). So, if the result of contemplation is against the rules of Allah in the Qur'an, it is then wrong. No matter how logical it is, if it is not parallel with the Qur'an, it is definitely wrong. 

Human being is different with animal. All lions have the same behavior regardless the type. But, even two people of the same religion and education may have different behavior as a person's behavior and attitude is determined by what is inside his heart. If he has wrong beliefs in his heart, he will show wrong behavior or bad deeds. 

Belief is truly something powerful. That's why many people do unimaginable things because of what they believe in their hearts. That's what push or motivate them in doing the evil things. Therefore, the belief that every human being should have is Godly belief or the belief that goes along with the rules of Allah in the Qur'an.

How powerful is it the Godly belief, Qur'ani belief..? God describes the power as in chapter 13 verse 31: "If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were moved, or the earth were cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak, (this would be the one!)"

Having Godly beliefs is important because: 

  1. they determine the behavior,
  2. they deflect the bad desire/provocation of satan, automatically making the desire/satan powerless.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "God bestows wealth differently to people", then the bad desire/satan provocation that is automatically beaten is jealousy and prejudice.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "God's decision or destiny is good", the bad desire/satan provocation that is automatically beaten in disappointment, sadness and despair.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "good deeds are for ourselves, not for people whom he helps", then the low desire/satan provocation which is automatically beaten is asking something in return for his deeds. 

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "doing evil things earns sins & increasing the chance to go to hell", the bad desire/satan provocation which is automatically beaten is cheating, getting drunk, using drugs, stealing, and other wrongdoings.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "whoever does cruelty/wrongdoings to him, then that bad person will have to be responsible in the hereafter", then the bad desire/satan provocation that is automatically beaten is having grudge and resentment.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "children is the a trust from God, his children are not actually his but God's", then the bad desire/satan provocation that is automatically beaten is "torturing" the children in anyway.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "the only role model is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)", he will not idolize or follow other people such as celebrities.

If a person has Godly belief as follows: "the best human being is the one who obeys God the most", he will not be fooled by materialistic success.

… and there are many more Godly beliefs we find in the Qur'an.

So it is important to have as many Godly beliefsas possible because those beliefs will protect the heart from becoming dirty (sinful) with the bad desire/satan provocationHaving Godly beliefs makes it easier for human being to obey God's commands in the Qur'an and the sayings of Prophet (hadits). And it is the promise of God as stated in the Qur'an that if we always obey the rules of God, we will always be truly happy:

"We said, "Go down from it, all of you. And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve." (Qur'an ch.2 verse 38)

"Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve." (Qur'an ch.2 verse 112)

So, gain as many Godly beliefs as possible…!

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Knowledge Versus Godly Belief

Piety of every person is not the same. Two men graduated from the same university, studying the same subject (Islam) turn out to have different piety, points of views and behavior. Even Al Qur'an scholars have different piety and attitude. What causes the differences?

There is a true experience when an ustadz (religious teacher) of a boarding Islamic school asked ten of his students came to him. He wanted to know the result of the Islamic studying of his students. The teacher gave each of the students a pigeon. 

"Please find a place where nobody can see you and slaughter the bird I just gave you. After that, come back to me bringing the dead pigeon," he ordered.

The ten students ran to find hidden places to slaughter the birds. After slaughtering, the students came back to the teacher and showed their work. It turned out that all students slaughtered the bird except one student. The teacher asked him why he didn't do what he was asked to do. The student answered, "I tried to find a place where nobody can see me. I couldn't find it, because wherever I go, I believe that Allah (God) sees me all the time. So, I didn't slaughter this bird."

Those ten students studied the same thing for years with the same teachers. However not all of them did the same thing. Thus, knowledge does not determine the behavior or deed. So, what drives the action or behavor? It is belief. The belief that God is always watching had prevented that one student from slaughtering the bird. Such a belief is called Godly belief.

Knowledge and belief is just like flour and bread. Eating flour doesn't make a person full but eating bread does. 

Flour <——————> Knowledge

Bread <—————–> Belief

Getting full <——————-> Behavior, attitude, action

 

However, knowledge is important because it is the raw material for obtaining belief in our heart or soul. God says in the Qur'an chapter 20 verse 114: "So high [above all] is Allah , the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur'an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge." Also in chapter 39 verse 9: "…Say, "Are those who know equal to those who do not know?" Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding." 

But, if knowledge is not 'cooked' or processed further to become belief, then the knowledge that we have will not give benefit, meaning the knowledge will not lead to action or behavior. 

If a person takes Islam simply as a knowledge, that person will not behave according to the rules of God in the Qur'an. That's because Islam will be just a bunch of information that he puts in his brain. He knows but he doesn't believe. Meanwhile, if a person takes Islam as a belief or faith, he will put all the teachings in his heart or soul, resulting in parallel attitude. 

Knowing that God exists will not make a person prays five times a day and fast. But believing that God exists will make a person obeying the command of praying and fasting. Knowing that life is a test from God will not make a person patient. But believing that life is a test from God will make him patient in facing all the problems in his life. Knowing that Islam is the only religion approved by God will not make a person stay in Islam. But believing that Islam is the only religion approved by God will make a person stay in Islam forever and will not convert to other religion. Knowing that taking other things as god is unforgivable sin will not make a person stop 'worshipping' money and job position. But believing that taking other things as god is unforgivable sin will prevent a person from 'worshipping' money and job position. And knowing that doing bad things is actually booking a place in hell will not stop a person from lying, stealing, doing corruption, and cheating. But believing that doing bad things is the same as booking a place in hell will definitely stop a person from doing bad things.

Now, which one is more important? Having a great amount of knowledge or Godly belief? It is clear that piety or good behavior or good deeds is the result of having many Godly beliefs, not the result of having an abundant of knowledge. Piety, good behavior, good deeds are the result of having an abundant of Godly belief is the heart or soul, not the result of an abundant of knowledge in the brain. Therefore, our priority as a human being, as a creation of God is to gain as many Godly beliefs as possible.

Remember the saying of the Prophet, "knowledge without action is like lightning and thunder without rain." Having knowledge about Islam is not enough to produce piety or good deeds. In the sight of God, the best people are not those who are rich in knowledge but who are rich in piety or good deeds as God says in the Qur'an chapter 98 verse 7, "Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, they are the best of creatures .