مَنْ كانَتِالآخِرَةُ هِمَّتَهُ بَلَغَ مِنَ الخَيْرِ غايَةَ اُمْنيَّتِهِ۔
One whose efforts are for the Hereafter will attain the best of his aspired goals.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Hereafter)
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.
The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the Hereafter over worldly pursuits. Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this wise utterance and explore its implications in light of the Quran.
The key words in this Hadith are (Hereafter) "آخِرَةُ", (efforts) "هِمَّتَهُ", (best) "خَيْرِ", and (aspired goals) "غايَةَ اُمْنيَّتِهِ". The word "آخِرَةُ" refers to the eternal life that awaits us after death, where our actions in this world will be accounted for. "هِمَّتَهُ" signifies one's intentions, aspirations, and efforts. "خَيْرِ" denotes the best or most excellent. And "غايَةَ اُمْنيَّتِهِ" refers to the ultimate fulfillment of one's desires and aspirations.
To understand the significance of prioritizing the Hereafter, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Kahf (18:46):
Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope.
This verse highlights the transient nature of worldly possessions and the superiority of good deeds in the sight of Allah. It reminds us that the true measure of success lies in our actions and intentions for the Hereafter.
Furthermore, in Surah Al-Qasas (28:77), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states:
But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.
This verse emphasizes the importance of striking a balance between our worldly responsibilities and our pursuit of the Hereafter. It encourages us to utilize the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah to secure our place in the eternal abode while fulfilling our obligations in this world.
Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement serves as a reminder that our ultimate goal should be the Hereafter, and our efforts should be directed towards attaining success in the eyes of Allah. This Hadith encourages us to prioritize actions that will benefit us in the eternal life, rather than being solely preoccupied with worldly achievements.
For example, a person who prioritizes the Hereafter will strive to establish a strong connection with Allah through acts of worship such as prayer, fasting, and charity. They will seek knowledge and understanding of the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to guide their actions. They will prioritize good character, kindness, and justice in their interactions with others. Their ultimate goal will be to attain the pleasure of Allah and the reward of Paradise.
On the other hand, a person who solely focuses on worldly pursuits may become consumed by materialism, greed, and selfishness. They may neglect their spiritual growth and fail to prioritize acts of worship and moral conduct. Such a person may achieve temporary success and wealth in this world but will ultimately fall short in the Hereafter.
Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to align their intentions and efforts with the pursuit of the Hereafter. It encourages us to prioritize actions that will lead to eternal success and fulfillment of our aspirations. By striving for the Hereafter, we not only secure our own salvation but also contribute to the betterment of society and the establishment of justice and righteousness on earth.
In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the importance of prioritizing the Hereafter over worldly pursuits. It urges us to direct our efforts towards actions that will lead to the ultimate fulfillment of our aspirations and desires. By seeking the pleasure of Allah and striving for success in the eternal life, we can attain the best of our goals and secure everlasting happiness. May Allah guide us all to prioritize the Hereafter and grant us success in this world and the next.
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