Here are a few lines from the book that should be shared with everyone, they’re so valuable.
ولما كانت الدنيا ليست بدار قرار، ولكنها دار ابتلاء واختبار، ومجاز إلى دار الخلود، وتبين أنه لا فائدة في الدنيا إلا
بالإيمان بالله، والعلم بما أمر الله ورسوله به، والعمل به، وتعليمه الناس في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها، ودعوة الخلق إليه
حتى لا تكون فتنة، ويكون الدين كله لله
[Roughly translated]: “This world is not permanent residence, but it is the place of test and trial, and it is a bridge towards the eternal abode, and it’s clear that indeed there is no benefit in this world except for faith in Allah, and knowledge that goes by Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w)’s command, and actions (good deeds), and education of people in the east and west of the earth, and calling people towards Him, until there remains no fitna and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah.”
The author starts off by telling what this world is ‘not’. It’s like he’s clearing the misconceptions first. Just like the kalima starts with, ‘there is no God’ (and you immediately let go of all of your gods) and then goes on to ‘but Allah’. Similarly, he says this world is not a permanent abode and then he tells that it is the place of test and trial.
If you tell someone (that ‘someone’ could be yourself too) that this world is a place of test and that is why you have so many problems, they might freak out. But if you start by telling them that this world is not a permanent place, they’d say to themselves, ‘it means all my problems are not gonna be forever’, and then you can tell them that the reason of these problems is that this life is a test. This way it would be much easier for them to brace themselves against this tough life.
This world is a place of test and it’s a bridge that takes us to our eternal home. It’s like a great big maze, there’s a start and there’s an end. And in between it’s full of horrors and obstacles and problems and if you keep fighting with the right weapons and method, you’d succeed inshaAllah and you’ll reach jannah for eternity. But if you don’t even try and you lose, it’s hell for eternity. Isn’t it scary? If we know, in the end we’d get out and be saved, we’d do our best, wouldn’t we?
And we would worry about having the right weapons. Those weapons are faith in Allah, and knowledge that goes by Allah and His Prophet (s.a.w)’s command, and actions (good deeds), and education of people in the east and west of the earth, and calling people towards Him. With the help of these, we need to keep fighting and when we face any trouble in the path of faith in Allah or calling people towards Him or obeying Him or any of the things mentioned above, we’d know this place is not permanent and so we won’t give up.
We need to keep fighting till there remains no fitna and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah. So this is our real target in this home of trial: “the religion of Allah is established wholly”. Our work doesn’t stop without this goal being achieved. We need to keep struggling till we reach our goal or we reach the end of the bridge (i.e. end of our life).
May Allah help us understand this, implement it in our lives and give us the taufiq to work for this cause till the end of our lives, inshaAllah.