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Akhirat is an important concept in Islam and is one of the fundamental Islamic beliefs. The meaning of the word Akhirat is anything that happens afterwards. It can also be called as Akhirah or the Afterlife.
The concept of Akhirah in Islam is summarised in following three points;
The belief in Akhirah means believing that man doesn’t die permanently after death and he will be revived again to face the final day of judgement. The people with more good deeds than bad ones will be granted a place in heaven while those with more bad deeds than good ones will be thrown into hell. Thus, belief in life after death is one of the basic beliefs of Muslims in Islam. The fear of final day keeps many people on the right track in this world.
“For the righteous there will be heavens, and garden with flowing rivers and for the sinful there will be Fire (Jahannam). Paradise (Jannat) garden will be “a likeness of the garden which the righteous are promised,” there flow in it rivers, its fruits are perpetual and its shade.” (Al-Raad:35)
There is a great importance of the belief in Akhirah and it is a significant part of the teachings of Islam. The importance of belief in Akhirah is explained below;
The virtuous in Surah Baqarah is defined as, “And (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.” This shows the importance of belief in Akhirah that the one who is virtuous believes in the Afterlife.
The belief in afterlife saves man from evils and committing sins because one fears the punishment that will be given on the final day in life hereafter for committing the sins in this world.
The thought of entering into Jannah as a result of good deeds gives satisfaction and happiness to a person. The desire of having a place in Jannah comes from the belief in Akhirah. Thus, due to this belief in Akhirah and hence, desire for Jannah keeps a person on the right track and he/she performs more and more good deeds.
Thus, the belief in Afterlife is of great importance in Islam and it is a very basic concept of Islam. The belief in Akhirat gives man a sense of responsibility and he performs his duties honestly and responsibly because he knows that he will be held accountable for his actions on the final day of judgement in Akhirah.