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what is the good of this world? what is the good of the hereafter? April 14, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in 002. Surah al-Baqarah, Hasan al Basri, Ibn Jarir, Ibn Kathir, Islam, Suwar, Tafsir.
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Commenting on 2:201 of the Qur’aan which states:

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِىالدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الاٌّخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً

Our Lord! Give us the good of this world and the good of the hereafter…

Al-Hasan Al-Basri – may Allah have mercy on him – said:The good of this world is knowledge and worship, and the good of the hereafter is Paradise.”

– Al-Aajurri in Akhlaaq Al-‘Ulamaa’ #30; Ibn Jareer in his Tafseer of this verse.

Scholars of tafseer like Ibn Jareer and Ibn Katheer point out that ‘the good of this world‘ is general and includes all those things which have been allowed for us to enjoy and which are considered useful by people for day-to-day living. And they point out that above this; the good of this world includes those things which will lead to success in the hereafter. This narration reminds us of these loftier things we should ask Allah for, and that the good of this life embraces what is required or recommended for a worshipper of Allah to acquire on this Earth, like knowledge of his religion and good deeds.