Posted by: seekerofthesacred | March 28, 2012

Reflections on ‘the Good of this World and the Next’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وصلى الله وسلم على الرؤوف الرحيم

وآله الاطهار، وصحبه والتابعين … وبعد

Habib ‘Umar, as of recently, has been travelling the world calling to Allah. One such stop was Tunisia, where he intended for the rich Islamic tradition (that had been hitherto, buried for the most part) to be revived. He expressed his feelings at the current turn of events by saying:

“You were tried, and you displayed patience at adversity; now, Allah blessed you with victory. You must now have patience with victory!”

At one stop in the trip, Habib stopped to deliver a short reflection, wherein he recounted some characteristics of mutual visitation and brotherly love. This led him on, in turn, to discuss some of the meanings of the Qur’anic and Prophetic supplication: “Our Lord, grant us the good of this world and the next, and save us from the punishment of the fire.”

I decided to pen down a concise summary of certain points which stood out for me, with the tawfiq of Allah.

Sayyidi al-Habib narrates from Imam al-Haddad that he said: “I was given 40 meanings from the verse “Our Lord, grant us the good of this world and the next, and save us from the punishment of the fire.”

Many of the Qur’anic exegetes explained the ‘good of the world’ to be a righteous wife, knowledge, well-being etc, and the ‘good of the next’ to be Jannah. Habib ‘Abd al-Bari’ al-‘Aydarus had a specific understanding of the verse, taking into account the fact that we are composed of 1) a body 2) a soul and 3) a ‘sirr’ (the inner of the inner).

As for the ‘good of this world’, the body’s portion from it pertains to a pious wife; the soul’s portion if it pertains to mutual brotherhood and visitation for Allah’s sake; the portion of the ‘sirr’ is gnosis (ma’rifah) of Allah! This is all with regards to the world.

As for the ‘good of the next world’, the body’s portion of it shall be the outward realities of Jannah; the soul’s portion shall be as the ayah describes: “And We remove whatever rancour may be in their breasts. As brethren, face to face, (they rest) on couches raised”. The portion of the ‘sirr’ from it shall be gazing at the Countenance of Allah!

Habib ‘Umar expressed his gratitude at the books gifted to him, particularly those related to the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. He praised Imam Yusuf an-Nabhani and his sincere attachment to the Messenger, and the subsequent visions and blessings he and his family enjoyed.

He concluded by making a beautiful dua for the people of Tunisia. . .

Keep me in your duas,

was-salam

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