اَلأجلُ حَصادُ الأمَلِ۔
Death is the reaper of hope.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Appointed Time Of Death)
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), his pure progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt, and his noble companions.
The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states, "الأجلُ حَصادُ الأمَلِ" which translates to
Death is the reaper of hope.
This beautiful Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) encapsulates the reality that death is the ultimate end of all worldly hopes and aspirations.
Let us delve deeper into the words of this Hadith. The word (al-ajal) "الأجلُ" refers to death, the appointed time when every soul shall depart from this world. It is a reminder of the transient nature of our existence and the inevitability of our return to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). The word (hasad) "حَصادُ" means reaping or harvesting, symbolizing the gathering of the fruits of one's labor. And finally, the word (al-amal) "الأمَلِ" refers to hope, the aspirations and dreams that drive us in this worldly life.
To understand the meaning of this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-An'am (6:32),
And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason?
This verse reminds us that the pleasures and pursuits of this world are temporary and fleeting. They may bring us temporary happiness and satisfaction, but they cannot fulfill the true purpose of our existence.
Furthermore, in Surah Al-Qasas (28:60), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,
And whatever you have been given is an enjoyment of the worldly life and its adornment, and what is with Allah is better and more lasting. So will you not use reason?
This verse emphasizes that the true and everlasting rewards lie with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) in the Hereafter. The worldly possessions and achievements that we strive for are temporary and will ultimately be left behind.
Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) Hadith serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to prioritize their actions and aspirations. It urges us to reflect upon the transitory nature of this life and to focus on preparing for the eternal life to come. Our hopes and dreams in this world should not distract us from our ultimate purpose, which is to seek the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and to strive for success in the Hereafter.
This Hadith also highlights the importance of having a balanced perspective on worldly pursuits. While it is natural to have aspirations and goals in this life, we must not become overly attached to them. We should recognize that death is the ultimate reality that awaits us all, and it will put an end to all our worldly hopes and desires. This realization should motivate us to prioritize our actions and invest in deeds that will benefit us in the Hereafter.
In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the transient nature of this world and the importance of focusing on the eternal life to come. It serves as a powerful reminder to Muslims to prioritize their actions and aspirations, keeping in mind that death is the reaper of all worldly hopes. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom and guidance to live a life that is pleasing to Him and to prepare for the Hereafter.
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