Beginning and End
Dr. Pasha – Jan 18 2024
Beginning of all beginnings is Allah. As the Qur'an says: Huwal Awwalu.
Just as he is also the end of all ends: Wal Aakhiru.
And everything in between, whether you see any of it, or you don't.
Waz Zaahiru wal Baatinu.
The point is whether you know it or not, he knows it all:
Wa Huwa Bi-Kulli Shay-in Aleem.
Beginning is life: Hayaat.
Tahiyyah is the process of conferring life and its blessings. And it comes from the Giver of All Life, who is Al Hayyu.
Tahiyyatan Min Indillahi Mubaarakatan.
End is Ridwaan from Allah, which is bigger than anything else: Wa Ridwaanun Minallahi Akbaru.
In between, there are all kinds of things and stages associated with life and its happenings and experiences on earth.
One of them is exchanging the joys and blessings of life with each other, with everyone of us trying to outdo the other in our offerings:
Wa Idhaa Huyyeetum Bi-Tahiyyatin,
Fa- Hayyoo Bi-Ahsana Minhaa.
Or at least try to match the good the other person does to you.
And you want life to end on a happy note, on an invitation of joy from the Maker of Life: Raadiyatan Mardiyyah.
The Other Life, which is Life after Death, begins with an interrogation in the grave, soon after burial.
First question from the Divine Interrogators: Man Rabbuka?
The Winning Answer is: Allah!
The second question: Wa Maa Deenuka?
The correct answer will be: Islam.
The third and final question will be different. It will require you to identify the correct meaning, import and direction of the question on your own and then provide the right answer.
And the right answer of course will be: Muhammadun Rasulullahi!
The Mu'min will know the answers. The Kaafir will not and founder.
So, in life there are different kinds and levels of Greetings, if you will, from Allah, in the Qur'an.
The entire Architecture of Islam's Lifegiving Greetings is laid out in great detail in the Qur'an.
And there is also ongoing lifelong training to help you master the answers that you should have ready for your Interrogators of the Grave.
And that training takes the form of endless reciting of the following words of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam:
Radiytu Billahi Rabban,
Wa Bil-Islami Deenan,
Wa Bi Muhammadin Nabiyyan wa Rasulaa!
I just want to turn to Allah and say, and keep repeating:
Ahyina Alal Islami,
wa Amitnaa Alal Imaani.