You wonder why I picked this topic? Well, recently I’ve been asked from my non-Muslim friend why I care so much about dressing modestly outside the house and wear the headscarf? Why do I pray so often when I can do it only when something bad happens? Why do I have to live such a pious life and miss all the fun when (she thinks) you live just once? Why I can’t be normal, like others? Why do I have to be so strict in my worship to God? etc... That’s a lot of questions, right? But some of them have truly touched me, and maybe somewhat upset me. I think it extremely important for us, as Muslims, to know how to answer those questions and in this post I want to share with you one way of doing that. Let's return to that conversation with my friends.
So, first of all, I began explaining her that the reason for everything I do is much more deeper than it seems. Wearing headscarf, modest clothing, dedication to five daily prayers, and pious lifestyle are essential for ANY Muslim. And for us, those are not just simple acts that we do because we have to do; those acts, however, have a deeper purpose. Basically, we have two angels sitting on our shoulders and writing either good or bad deeds (depending on our intentions and actions.) So, the more good deeds we have from being good to people, dressing modestly, practicing worship to God properly and etc, the better it will be for us when we will stand in front of our God on the Judgment Day. No matter how smooth and simple I tried to make it for her, this answer, however, made her even more confused. She began arguing with me by saying that “what’s the point to care about the afterlife while you are living here and now? If you care so much, why should you ever get married, have family and children, work and etc. since the only things you care about are the good deeds and the events of afterlife?!” Here I understood that she saw me talking, but she was not listening. Allah mentions such people in the Quran:
“And We have put before them a barrier and behind them a barrier and covered them, so they do not see.” Holy Quran 36:9
Let’s see why we, as Muslims, believe in afterlife… First of all, if you believe in one God you MUST believe in the afterlife. It is one of the six fundamental beliefs of a Muslim to complete his faith. Believing in it teaches us to live the God-conscious life (having taqwa) knowing that He is watching your every single step and thought. And He is the One who will decide on the Judgment Day whether to punish you for certain actions or to forgive; indeed, He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Therefore, we should think about the afterlife as the place where true justice will occur. As soon as we think about it this way, all good actions that we do in this life will make more sense. Just imagine, someone has wronged you and you are waiting for him to get paid back because you think there is justice only in this life (this is what the people who don’t believe in afterlife think). And you live and time passes by and nothing happens to this person. You wonder why this person has wronged me and nothing happens to him? Where is justice? … A lot of non-Muslims think this way. But, if you believe in the life after death and the Judgment Day, you will remember that God has plan for everything. And you will realize that this person who wronged you won’t avoid justice. If he wasn’t punished in this life, God will bring him to justice in the life after death in any cases.
“Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom's weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.” Holy Quran 4:40
So, why do we, Muslims, believe in the life after death? Well, Muslims are those people who believe in logic and scientific explanations. If something makes sense and is logical, then this is something we believe in. This is how I came to Islam. When something makes sense to me and has logical explanation, then I have no problems in believing in it. Therefore, I believe in God, I believe in His plan for me, I believe in His power and justice, and I find it my duty as a Muslim to live the God-conscious life full of worship to the One who created me by following His Messenger way of life and His message in the Holy Quran.
P.S. If you are new to Islam, or have any questions regarding this or any other topic, please do not hesitate and comment below. I will be happy to answer your questions if I know the answer :)!