the beginning and the end

(continuing from yesterday…)

My aim is not to copy paste each and every Hadith because the book is already there for anyone to go through page by page… what I want is to just highlight the points which made me sit up straight and realize how awesome is this treasure of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration which we have kept locked up in the shelves of libraries… hidden and forgotten… while we go round and round in circles not knowing whether we are living the lives which we were made for or just drifting away in a directionless and purposeless existence…?

All that we know about our creation and the creation of the heavens and the earth is through the books that we read in school and colleges but today as I heard the following hadith I understood how limited is the knowledge that we are so proud of… Is there any book which begins from the very beginning and all the way to the end?

Narrated ‘Umar (R.A):

One day the Prophet (ﷺ) stood up amongst us for a long period and informed us about the beginning of creation (and talked about everything in detail) till he mentioned how the people of Paradise will enter their places and the people of Hell will enter their places. Some remembered what he had said, and some forgot it.

(Sahih Bukhari: Book 59, Hadith 3)

This Hadith reminds us that as we ponder upon life and the details of creation we should not lose sight of the fact that our lives on this earth do not end at death rather each and every one of us is just moving from one phase to the next until the time he steps into the last and final destination which will be his abode forever and ever. So our worry and our concern should be whether my eternal life is of extreme pleasure or unendurable pain?

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