This is the 9th Part on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’.
The Seventh Image – Lovers came and went with promises of morrow.
The final objective of this da’wah work is beyond and higher than the establishment of a just order. People may or may not submit to the Will of God, a society based on principles of fairness and justice may or may not be established, our true goal and objective is guaranteed. There is no question of our losing it. Our real accomplishment, our final destination is the attainment of paradise and salvation from hell-fire.
But the fact remains that salvation has been guaranteed to only those who call people to worship God and establish a just order and devote whatever they have in this struggle. They put their own lives at stake. Yet the final destination and real achievement is “Jannah” only.
“So their Lord accepted of them (their supplication and answered them), Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you be he male or female: ye are members one of another; those who have left their homes or been driven out therefrom or suffered harm in My cause, or fought or been slain, verily I will blot out from them their iniquities, and admit them into gardens with rivers flowing beneath. (Aali-’lmran 3:195).
There are so many images in my album which depict how the unseen ‘jannah’ becomes a reality. How a whole life is given for its attainment, how every thing is abandoned, how one leaps towards it, how one smells its fragrance, how one stretches one’s hand towards its fruits. Shortness of time does not allow me to show you all these pictures now, but I will put them aside for another occasion, yet I would like you quickly to glance at a few of them:
Here is Anas bin Nadhar. He hears the rumor of the Prophet’s ‘shahadah’ during the battle of Uhad. He is not depressed but is attracted by the fragrance of Jannah coming from the hills of Uhad and despite all the wounds and bruises over his body, he hastens there.
This is Umar bin Hamam. When he hears the call to make haste towards ‘jannah’. he cannot wait to finish the dates in his hand. He throws them away and leaps to ‘paradise’.
And now, there is Haram bin Malhan. The enemy pierces a javelin in his back. He falls down on the ground but before death his face lights up with joy as if success were dancing before his eyes. These words are on his lips: “By the Lord of the ‘Ka’bah’, I have succeeded.”
Here is Abu Darda. The gardens of ‘jannah’ are so sure, so near and so precious in his eyes that he gives away his own valuable orchard to the Prophet as a bargain for them. He is beside himself with joy after having given away his own date-laden orchard.
………To be continued, Inshaa’Allah.