Concept of Hereafter

CUTTING MAN TO SIZE

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala October, 1987

After the death of former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Government of India planned that her house should be maintained as a museum so that people might come and pay their tributes to the memory of the most powerful woman in the world – who died a martyr.

NO WRONG ANSWERS IN THE HEREAFTER

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala October, 1987

A one million rand (about Rs. 50 lakhs) prize was bagged at a TV quiz show, ‘Operation Hunger Goldrush’ in Johannesburg by Mr. John Smeddle, although he gave the wrong answer to the final question.

AN UNFINISHED STORY

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan |Concept of Hereafter|  Al-Risala September, 1987

Mr. P.N. Pathak joined the Hindustan Times Staff as an ordinary worker, in 1958, and, owing to his devotion and dedication to work, finally succeeded in securing the high post of Deputy Superintendent in its composing department. His early death of heart failure, at the age 50 on December 27, 1984 brought his career to an untimely end.

SKIN SPEECH

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala, June 1987

Man’s skin, according to the Quran will testify against him on the Day of Judgement:

Reason or Deception

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Concept of Hereafter | Al-Risala, April 1987, p. 13

The Quran makes it clear that a prophet invariably adopts the standpoint of Bayyinah, that is, reason. By contrast, his opponents have nothing on which to base their arguments save blind opposi­tion and deception. While a Prophet’s words are based on facts, his opponents’ utterances are founded on egoism and contumacy.

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE BOUND

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Concept of Hereafter

Prophet Mohammad initially forbade his followers to visit graves. The Muslims had only recently shaken off the pre-Islamic customs of idol-worship and, if they had gone to graves, old customs might have found new expression in undue veneration at gravesides. The real purpose in visiting graves might have been lost on them. When the Prophet finally lifted the prohibition, he defined in clear terms exactly why they should do so: “Visit graves”, he said, “For they remind one of death.” (Musnad Ahmad, Hadith No. 1236,1237)

ROSE-COLOURED SPECTACLES

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Concept of Hereafter

WHY CALAMITIES BEFALL MAN

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Concept of Hereafter

When a train is about to leave a station, the guard blows a whistle. The purpose of this whistle is to warn people of the train’s impending departure, so that anyone still on the platform can come and take his seat on the train. But there are two ways of interpreting this whistle. If it is considered to be just a noise, it will have no meaning. But if it is considered to be an alarm, then it fits into place and takes on its proper meaning.

THE VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Concept of Hereafter

Dr. Uttam Parkash, head of the department of Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, so excelled in his field that he was awarded the coveted title of Padma Bhushan.