Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord… May 29, 2007Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Hereafter, Imaan, Islam, Qur'an, Reflections.
As Salaamu ‘Alaikum
I was sorting out my stuff out when I came across a card that was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago. When I opened it up it had the following verse written in it:
Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord, and towards Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. [Surah al Hadid, Verse 21]
Reading it, all I could think was Subhan’Allah what an amazing verse! So I opened up my Qur’an and read it together with the previous ayah:
Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. [Surah al Hadid, Verse 20]
In these two ayaat, Allah it telling us that this life and all that it contains is nothing. All the material things we compete for are worthless. They appear to be beautiful and beneficial but in reality they aren’t, because they are all temporary. It is the hereafter that will be everlasting. Rather than competing for this dunya, Allah is telling us to compete with regards to seeking forgiveness and why is that? Because the path of forgiveness is the path to Jannah