بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم
Learning the ways we can invest in our Aakhira
We value people
of knowledge, those people we can learn something from. And this is because we like to grow as people, we like to learn more, anything that will bring us more benefit. We figure the more we can learn, the more we benefit. In a sense, the more we are happy.
In a group full of people, it’s always that one enlightened person that everyone pays attention to. They may not speak much, but when they do, we listen so very carefully because first of all, what they will say will probably be of some benefit and we’re always curious to know more, and also, this could be a rare opportunity to learn some wisdom. So we listen, we focus, we value such people.
Essentially we value anything that we believe will bring us benefit, anything that will add to us and our self growth. Anything that will make us happy.
Its not only us people that love people of benefit. Allah loves those people who bring good to other peoples lives as well. That shows you the virtue of being people of benefit.
أحب الناس إلى الله تعالى أنفعهم للناس ، و أحب الأعمال إلى الله عز وجل سرور يدخله على مسلم
“The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit to people, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim….” (Tabarani – Hasan, Silsilah Saheeha, Al-AlBani)
Us, being the creation of Allah, it is our natural fitrah, our natural disposition to love what Allah loves. And therefore we love people who bring us happiness. And sometimes, the benefit we get from a person is that we learn just a thing or two from them that we never really knew before.
There is a wonderful Chinese proverb that says,
‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
When you benefit someone through knowledge, the reward will always continue on because whatever the person has learned, they can always apply that for the rest of their life in whatever situations they find applicable. This knowledge even goes with the person to the grave, and this virtue that the teacher has done in teaching beneficial knowledge will also come with the teacher to their grave and Insha Allah be the light that they will need in the darkness of the grave. The good deeds of a person will benefit them in their grave, and some good deeds will even accumulate after a person has passed away..
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim]
Of the things we invest in this world, one of the things that we should invest in is those things that will not come to an end. We should invest in our Aakhira and the good deeds that will help us reach there. There is a link between Jannah and our pursuit of knowledge.
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