Understanding The Criteria For Success In The Hereafter I.e. Tazkiya
I understood that the final outcome that we must attain is Tazkiya/purity. The more the Tazkiya the higher the success in the Akhirah. I have 3 questions (and some sub questions)
1. Where does Amal E Saleh fit into this? There is a concept of good deeds and bad deeds and more the good deeds more are a persons chances with success in the Akhirah. Is there correlation between these good deeds and Tazkiya? A common ness? Or are the good deeds like extra bonus points?
1.1 For example: If I am reading an Islamic book to attain knowledge, is it a good deed that will give me some points in the Akhirah or mere an intellectual fulfillment in this world. Clearly there is no element of Tazkiya when I am reading.
1.2. There is this concept of worldly acts turning into good deeds based on niyyah. If I exercise with a certain niyyah, it is said that the time and effort spent doing it will be converted into good deeds and will be used in the Akhirah while measuring my deeds. How much truth is there in it?
2. If my goal is to gain the highest level of Tazkiya, how do I evaluate these various levels of it in the four areas – body, akhlaq, food & drinks, nafs?
2.1 For example, how exactly might an uneducated farmer move ahead in the Akhirah based on his level of Tazkiyah than an educated person living in a modern city? This is not to look down upon the farmer but a mere comparison of some critical aspects of Tazkiya.
Clearly, education doesn’t matter, even being an Imam doesn’t matter, even doing a great Islamic scholarly work doesn’t matter. Unless Tazkiya is done. The farmer who has done more Tazkiya will be ahead. (Again the same question can be asked here about the deeds an Imam will get and will it matter, Q1).
Anyways, what exactly might the farmer be doing? Keeping the 4 areas of Tazkiya, body, food & drinks, akhlaq, nafs.
Let us take body for example, I mean a city person has access to more lavish soaps and perfumes and what not. Will these make any difference?
Based on food and drinks, apart from Halal/Haram if a city person eats from Mc Donalds while a farmer is eating a rather clean meal at home, does this make a difference.
Similarly how do I measure the various levels of Tazkiyah in Akhlaq and Nafs?
3. I think Tazkiyah a journey but not a destination in this world. We have ro do it till death. Am I right?
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