Analysis Of The Jahiliyah's View On The Afterlife

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Another revolutionary change which the Qur’an brought to pre-Islamic society was the outlook on the afterlife. The Jahiliyah view on the afterlife was tragic: Everyone regardless of status, wealth, or character would descend into a dark and miserable world full of shades for eternity while subsisting on dust. This outlook severely impacted their culture and lifestyle, which is evident by the insistence on immortalizing one’s self through poetry. Jahiliyah poetry provides a good look into how the people during that time viewed the afterlife, and how is shaped their decisions. There are a few different views on how to deal with the belief that the afterlife was a hellish place: Iyaas ibn al-Aratt was a poet during the Jahiliyah, and in one of his poems he writes, “And let’s cut short the ills of life with laughter and joking and joy. / Yes, if you ever get a moment’s rest from the whirl in which life spins us, / Be quick and grab it, for Time’s jaws bite deep and never let go, ready to feed us to Doom! / Enjoy any bright hour that lifts your soul to a bit of peace, / For in the path ahead, lying in wait for you, are shadows and grief and pain” (Iyaas ibn al-Arrat). This perspective suggests that one should live their life to enjoy themselves, since the journey after death is none too pleasant. Living in the moment, and living a long life are what this particular poet suggest, although others during that period would disagree. Another Jahiliyah poet Qatari ibn al-Fuja’ah

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