The Life of this World is an Illusion

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{And the worldly life is not but play and amusement; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason/understand?} [Holy Qur’an 6:32]

"The life of this world is an illusion, and its ornament is your money and children.
A mirage from which the human being does not wake up except after the physical death."
- A saying by the holy Mawla Ahmed Al-Hassan a.s. the leader of the blessed Black Banners of the East.

And Jesus (as) has said:
"'I am damning this world for you
do not raise it up after me.
Doubtlessly one of the evils of the world is, that Allah is disobeyed in it,
and another wickedness of it is that without giving it up no one can reach the hereafter.
So just pass over the dunya and do not make it flourish.
And remember the root of every sin is the love of this world [...]"

Step 1: Realize the Illusion

The first step we must take is to look at what the world really is an empty promise... an illusion, and to live in the hereafter.

Trapped in a Delusion

Look at the world around you. It is all you know and it is the only thing you are told is real.

But did you ever have a dream that felt so real, that it affected you even after you woke up? Did you never feel pain, grief, happiness within just a dream, that is nothing but a projection of your mind?

How do you know that you are not dreaming right now? What if what you think to be reality is not actually real? What if the world around you is nothing but a dream, an illusion that is keeping you chained in a low state of existence?

This Episode of Human is exposing the delusional world that all of us are trapped in. Be prepared to be taken to realms that you have never been in before...

The winner is the one who works for his hereafter

An advice by the Truth Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) Leader of the Blessed Black Banners of the East:

"In the Name of Allah The Abundantly Merciful the Intensely Merciful:
Allah (swt) says in His Holy Qur'an:
{Indeed, Allah is not ashamed to present an example/parable/similitude of a mosquito or what is smaller than it. And those who have believed know that it is the truth from their Lord.
But as for those who disbelieve, they say, "What did Allah intend by this as an example?"
He misleads many thereby and guides many thereby. And He misleads not except the defiantly disobedient} [Holy Qur'an 2:26]

My beloved ones, do not ever anger Allah, even if it was Halal (permissible).
And don’t you ever prefer anything from the world (the Dunya) to the hereafter.
The entire world is not even worth one atom from the hereafter. And when we say an atom, that is just to describe, but even tenth of an atom would be too big for the world.
The world is not worth anything at all.
Yes my beloved ones, it is an illusion. And I hope that you understand that it is truly an illusion.
An illusion and nothing other than that. I hope that you comprehend that. Everyone in it and on it are an illusion. [An illusion] which the human being does not wake up from except after he/she gets rid of this body.

Look around you... Look in everything. You will find that everything is temporal/transient.
[You will find that] the one whom you were fighting for yesterday, today you will find him/her boring and that you wish to get rid of him/her. At death, the world (the Dunya) becomes as such.

I will make it closer to you... If you buy a product today for example... And before that, you were wishing for that product and your were hoping to buy it. And today it became between your hands. How much time do you need in order that this product becomes a normal matter to you? A little time [during which] you fill your eyes from it. As such is the worldly life. If you fill your eyes from it, it will come out of your eyes.
Look at everything in the world, and look at the entire globe from above. If someone comes to you and tells you that it all has become yours, and that you will live a hundred thousand years so that you can see it inch by inch, and not just for one time but several times. There will come a day when you will be bored with it and your eyes will be filled from it.
If it was a reality, and if it was permanent for us, we would never get bored of it. And the proof [is] that life in it is short, while life in Paradise is eternal, because the hereafter is a real life, and not an illusion, and the Dunya (the world) is the illusion.
Now has the idea reached you my beloved ones?

Whoever sells his/her hereafter for his/her Dunya is a hundred percent loser. And the winner in it is the one who works for his hereafter such a work that would brighten his face infront of his Lord.
{And the worldly life is not but play and amusement; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah, so will you not reason/understand?} [Holy Qur’an 6:32]

Step 2: Get rid of the dunya

The second step is to completely get rid of the dunya by kicking it out from our heart, and deny anyone or anything access - except for God.

Tell the Believers to stay away from the Dunya

Imam Ahmed Al Hassan a.s. said one day:
"Tell the believers to stay away from the dunya, which does not last, and is an illusion, for by Allah it is an illusion and has no value to it, so do not let it seduce you. I shall tell you a story, tell it to your brothers so that they may take a lesson out of it.

Once there was a boy, he was the only child, and his father was rich, one day he went to his father and said to him: "O father, I have fallen in love with a beautiful girl, and I want you to ask for her hand in marriage for me.

So the father became happy, and said: "Let us go and engage her to you my son" and so the father and the son went to the house of the beautiful girl. And when the father asked to see the girl, she came out and the father was very impressed with her, and impressed with her beauty, and he liked her and became greedy and said to his son, my son, this woman is no good for you, she is too beautiful and deserves a rich man who has ability to make her happy, and therefore I shall marry her.

And so the father and the son became very angry with one another and fought a big fight, and they went to the police station and sought out the judgement of the police officer in the matter. So the police officer said: "Then let us bring forth the girl, and ask her, whom does she want." So the police officer requested the presence of the girl and when she came, he was mesmerized, and the officer was amazed by her beauty, and so the the officer said to the father and to the son: "This woman is no good for you nor is she good for you, she needs a man who has power and authority and money and a station, so I shall be the one who marries her." So they all fought amongst one another over her and the voices were raised and shouting took place.

And the Governor present in the city heard that there was a problem, and so he requested that everyone come forth in front of him in order to know what had happened. And so they all came, the father and the son and the police officer, and the governor said : "Let us see this woman who has done this to you all!" And when she came the governor was shocked because of her extreme beauty and in the same fashion as before, they all fought amongst one another over her.

Finally they all went to the King and they told him the story of what had happened to them all. And as always the King requested the presence of the girl. And when he saw her he said "She is not for you nor you nor you nor you, this girl is only deserved by the king of the land, in order that he may make her live like a princess!" And as such they all fought amongst one another over the girl...

So it was at this moment that the girl spoke, and she said: "I have the solution!" And everyone asked: "What is your solution?" She said: "I shall run and everyone run after me and whoever catches me first, I shall be his alone, and I shall marry him" So everyone agreed. And the girl indeed ran, and everyone ran after her and suddenly everyone fell, the father and the son and the officer and the governor and the king, into a deep hole.

At that point the girl returned and said "I am the Dunya and whoever runs after me shall fall into the hole of the grave whilst not feeling and whilst full of sin"

So abandon this dunya my children, for by Allah you shall not feel as you fall, and you see that your life has passed by, and you have become full of sins, and evil and nothing remained with you except for illness and humiliation, may Allah grant you success, It is a a world that does not last, it is an illusion, and it is without value, and verily I see some these days, trying to run after this beautiful girl, the dunya is like a woman whom does not cover and wears much makeup, once she washes her face of her makeup, all her ugliness and deformities appear...
- fb post by Aba Sadiq Abdullah Hashem, May 22, 2017

Purify our heart from love for the world

The following lecture is reminding us to purify our heart completely from love for the world.


Fight lusts

Step 3: Seek God

The third step is to deepen our relationship with God, so that we see nothing but Him (swt), and He makes our love for Him increase infinitely.

Obtain the reality by truly coming close to Allah

Someone asked Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) on Paltalk:

Guest: '"If this whole world is an illusion, what is the truth and how do we obtain it?"

Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan: "You can obtain the reality by truly coming close to Allah (swt)."
- 16/7/2016 Paltalk, See quote in pdf

Whoever wants the face of Allah

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Whoever wants the face of Allah, Really?
Whoever wants the pleasure of Allah and to enter under His Mercy
Must be willing to sacrifice everything that one is attached to in this world the [deceptive] illusionary.
- Sayings of Sayyid Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh) leader of the blessed black banners of the East