By Dr. Spahic Omer
- Part One: Death in Islam
• Life as a journey
In Islam, this fleeting terrestrial life is seen as a brief journey necessary before arriving in the world-to-come (al-akhirah). It is a field of man’s vicegerency pursuits whereby man aims at procuring God’s pleasure and satisfaction in both worlds.
Earthly life thus could be portrayed as a farm or plantation, which must always be diligently taken care of by man should he, in his capacity as the owner or rather lessee since God is the real Owner of the whole of creation, harbor any hope of enjoying a rich harvest when its season comes, that is, on the Day of Judgment.
To deem this life as an absolute one and its momentary and shallow bliss an end in itself is to fail to grasp a higher order of expression and meaning in the universe, to misread the transcendental reality and corporeal manifestations of truth and life, and to fall victim to one’s own animal cravings and whims.
The Qur’an proclaims: “But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions for) mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief” (al-Qasas, 77).