Battle of the ‘Wives’

.بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Wahab ibn Munnabih (d.114H) said:

إنما الدنيا والآخرة كرجل له امرأتان: إن أرضى إحداهما أسخط الأخرى

“The dunya and the akhirah is but like a man who has two wives: if you satisfy one of them, the other is infuriated.”  [1]


And similar to a man with two wives, the remedy lies in balancing one’s time and effort in giving each one her due rights – and being responsible in guiding and nurturing towards fulfilment of each separate, yet equally important objective.

Islam as a complete and perfect Deen, combines the rights of Allah and the rights of people; impressing on matters of this world and of the Hereafter. It is a Deen of moderation that guides Muslim to set the right harmony between the two.

Allah ﷻ‎ Said:

وَابْتَغِ فِيمَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ ۖ وَلَا تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا

“But seek, through what Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and (yet), do not forget your share of the world…” [2]

And the poet said, “Work for this life as much as you will remain herein, and work for the Hereafter as much as you will remain therein.” Allah ﷻ‎ unequivocally Mentions the transience of the former:

كَأَنَّهُمْ يَوْمَ يَرَوْنَهَا لَمْ يَلْبَثُوا إِلَّا عَشِيَّةً أَوْ ضُحَاهَا

*”It will be, on the Day they see it, as though they had not remained (in dunya) except for an afternoon or a morning thereof.” [3]

We beseech Allah for cognisance of reality of this world and the Hereafter, and seeking the best in both. Ameen.

ربنا آتنا في الدنيا حسنة وفي الآخرة حسنة وقنا عذاب النار



[1] Jaami’ul Uloom wal-Hikam, 2/204

[2] Al-Qasas, 77

[3] An-Nazi’at, 46


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