three kinds of men

Three kinds of men

"The mortal who ranks lowest is one who is preoccupied with the love of the world, love of himself and pride." - Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
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From the religious point of view, the highest-ranking mortal is one who goes in constant fear of his Lord, turning to Him in all matters. Such a man leads his life as if Gods are watching over him. He fears an invisible God far more than any visible objects of this world and bows before his Lord with a contrite heart. Such are the souls desired by God. The Almighty is pleased with those who have suffered for His cause. When they meet Him on the day of the great reckoning, God will shower upon them His choicest blessings. He will send them into evergreen gardens where they shall remain forever. There they shall have all that they desire, and more. God’s blessings are infinite.

Ranking somewhat lower is the occasional and inadvertent wrongdoe­r. Yet he too can be forgiven by God and share His blessings, provided he is a true believer, has mitigated whatever evil he has done by good deeds and is not obstinate about giving up his evil ways. All he has to do then is turn to God in penitence and confess his sins: God will then turn to him in mercy and forgiveness.

The mortal who ranks lowest is one who is preoccupied with the love of the world, love of himself and pride. He is interested in mere externals, mere fripperies. He never holds his tongue for fear of his Lord. He does not stop short when reminded of the word of God. It is true that he will be rewarded for his deeds in the course of his own lifetime. Success and glory will be his. He will never suffer setbacks or losses. But it is just such a one who will regret in the next life for having spent his life in mere superficialities, having lived for himself alone, with no thought for God. It is in the life Hereafter that he will learn that his strivings were in vain and his ambitions fruitless.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is an Islamic spiritual scholar who has authored over 200 books on Islam, spirituality, and peaceful coexistence in a multi-ethnic society.

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