What are Your Plans for the…Akhirah?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Uzma Jawed            

As summer is fast approaching, almost everyone has been asking me if I have made plans for the summer. Yet, when I  come across  this ayah (verse) in the Qur’an, I ask myself whether I have really made any plans for my afterlife.

قُلْ إِنَّ الْمَوْتَ الَّذِي تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلَاقِيكُمْ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَى عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

Say, “Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”

[Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-Jumu’ah: 8]

 Have I made plans for my death?

Not at all! Sometimes, when Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) sends me reminders through natural disasters, deaths in the family, or through the Qur’an, I get so shaken up that I tell myself that I better get my priorities straight.  However, the impact remains for only a day or two, and then the Dunya (worldly life) intervenes. How many reminders will I need before I actually do start preparing for my death?

What can I do to prepare? 

First and foremost, I need to make my primary focus the Akhirah (Hereafter). Things I need to do to attain Jannah (Paradise):

  • Establish salah (prayer)
  •  Give zakah (obligatory charity)
  • Perform Hajj (annual pilgrimage)
  • Fast in the month of Ramadan
  •  Do good deeds
  • Perform nawafil (voluntary acts of worship)
  •  Practice the Sunnahs (ways of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم))
  •  Give charity
  • Learn, understand and implement the Qur’an
  • Show obedience towards my parents
  • Be respectful towards teachers, the elderly, the young, and neighbors
  • Conserve natural resources and recycle
  • Demonstrate beautiful manners, behavior and character
  • Be humble and not show arrogance
  • Accept my mistakes
  • Seek forgiveness
  • Work at the level of excellence.
  •  Increase my level of  patience.

Am I prepared to meet my Lord today? 

It saddens me to say that, no, I am not prepared to meet my Lord today! I have so much to do before I can meet my Rabb. May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) make it easy for me to prepare for my death; may He give me the ability to do such acts that would earn His pleasure, and prevent me from such actions that would cause His displeasure. Ameen!

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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2 Responses to What are Your Plans for the…Akhirah?

  1. samarhasan85 says:

    A very useful post, short but powerful – Jkk Uzma!
    Something for each of us to think about – and more importantly, to act upon!
    Am I prepared to meet my Lord today? –>> Such an important question… I should ask myself that everyday, maybe it’ll help speed things up a bit, everything we constantly procrastinate!!

  2. Kulsoom says:

    This reflection was very important since it tells us about how we can prepare ourselves for the hereafter and that we should always seek Allah’s forgiveness if we commit a sin.

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