Ask for the world AND the Hereafter in your supplications :)

Most of us whom pray do supplicate after we have finished praying. Though what do we ask for? If I look at myself, I mostly ask for things of this world. We should also ask for good in the hereafter, or else what we will achieve will not be something that will last forever. Lately, I am supplicating for both the world and the Hereafter. Look at it this way, whom do you want to spend your life with forever and ever. Of course then you should pray for it, and make it happen. This world we only live for about 60-70 years but the Hereafter is forever. Why not think about how we want to spend our entirety of time for always. Alhamdolillah im trying, let`s do our best together 🙂

Allah encourages calling Him in supplication after remembering Him, because this will make it more likely that the supplication will be accepted. Allah also criticizes those who only supplicate to Him about the affairs of this life, while ignoring the affairs of the Hereafter. Allah said:

“But of mankind there are some who say: O Lord! Give us (Your bounties) in this world!” and for such there will be no portion in the Hereafter”.

What one should say is :

” Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good an in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire”.

Allah has said about those who supplicate this that:

” For them there will be alloted a share for what they have earned. And Allah is swift at reckoning”.

The supplication mentioned and praised in the Ayah includes all good aspects of this life and seeks refuge from all types of evil. The good of this life concerns every material request of well-being, spacious dwelling, pleasing mates, sufficient provision, beneficial knowledge, good profession or deeds, comfortable means of transportation and good praise, all of which the scholars of Tafsir have mentioned regarding this subject.

As for the good of the Hereafter, the best includes acquiring Paradise, which also means safety from the greatest horror at the gathering place. It also refers to being questioned lightly and the other favours in the Hereafter.

As for acquiring safety from the Fire, it includes being directed to what leads to this good en in this world, such as avoiding the prohibitions, sins of every kind and doubtful matters.

-Taken out of Tafsir Ibn Kathir-

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