Afterlife

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“Every soul will taste death... He who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has
attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the delusion of enjoyment” (Qur’an
3:185).
We all know that a greater and eternal fate awaits us after we pass on from this life. Allah (SWT)
has promised us that our actions and deeds in this life will determine whether we enter Jannah
(paradise) or Jahannam (hellfire) in the hereafter. The beauty and bounty of Jannah is beyond
our scope of understanding. It is an abode of bliss that we cannot even begin to imagine.
Jahannam, in contrast, is the worst of places, and the horrors of Jahannam are also beyond our
comprehension.
We should spend our entire life trying to earn Jannah and avoid Jahannam. However, in the
noise of everyday life, we often forget that this worldly existence is our one chance to determine
where we will end up eternally. As parents, it is important that we have discussions with ourchildren about what happens after death. Jannah can serve as a motivating factor in encourag-
ing our children to be good Muslims, but we must also talk about Jahannam. Allah (SWT) tellsus that it is necessary to have fear of wrongdoing and an awareness that every moment is an
opportunity.
In this book, we teach two key lessons. The first story, “Listen,” reminds us that we must heed
the warning of the hereafter. Often, people don’t “listen” until it is too late. Amira learns this
lesson the hard way after ignoring her dentist’s multiple warnings about the importance of
flossing her teeth.
The second story, “What’s Better?” is related to the idea of delayed gratification. That is, by
trading small, short-term happiness, we can often achieve larger, long-term goals. Asad learns
this lesson when he is faced with dilemmas of saving up over ten weeks to buy a kitten or to
spend his money on day trips to parks and museums. In the end, he realizes that parks and museum fun lasts a day, but a funny friend is for life!