Monthly Archives: December 2013

Five Questions about life on the Day of Judgement

Our Beloved prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the Day of Judgement until he is asked about five (matters) concerning his life – how he spent it; about his youth – how he took care of it; about his wealth – how he earned it; and where he spent it; and about that which he acted upon from the knowledge he acquired.” [Tirmidhi]

Everyone will be questioned about the following on the Day of Judgement.

1. Your life – how you spent it. Was it in righteousness and piety or in sin and transgression?

2. Your youth – how you spent it.  How was the energy, vigour and strength spent in the cause of Allah?

3. Your wealth – how you acquired it. Was it from that which is halaal or from that which is haraam?

4. Your wealth – how you spent it. Did you give others their rights in it – your relatives, the needy, the orphans, the mujahideen… or did you squander it on yourself alone? How much of it was spent for the cause of Allah (SWT)?

5. Your knowledge – how you acted upon it. How much of your knowledge of Allah’s Deen did you put into practice? Did you study Islam to live by its teachings or did you acquire knowledge of the Quran and hadith to appear knowledgeable with it or gather wealth with it?

The three questions in the grave

We make so much preparation for our lives in this world. If there is a test, we are awake whole night trying to memorizing the answers. What about the three questions that will be asked in the grave? Do we know the answers – are we prepared for the grave? Life is not certain. Only certainty is Death, but we don’t know when it might take us.

The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Verily the grave is the first stopping place for the Hereafter; so if he is saved therein, then what comes after is easier than it. And if he is not saved therefrom, then that which comes after is harder.” [Hasan: At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, al-Haakim: from ‘Uthmaan.]

The three questions in grave asked by the angels Al-Munkar and Al-Nakeer

1. Who is your Lord?

2. Who is your prophet?

3. What is your Deen/Religion?

May Allah save us from the punishment of the grave. Ameen!

The six pillars of Iman

As muslims who surrender completely to Allah (SWT) the creator of the Heavens and the earth, we are required to believe in six things to complete our Iman:

1. Allah

a. Allah is maker of everything, owner/master of everything in this universe.

b. Worship is only for Allah. No one or nothing else is worthy of worship.

c. Names & Attributes of Allah

2. Angels

3. Books

The Taurah, The Gospel, The Quran etc

4. Messengers and Prophets

5. Last day or the Day of Judgement

6. Qadr(Divine Decree) – the Good and Bad of it.

 

I want something and have not got it!

Modern self-help concept encourages us to believe that we can manifest whatever we want. What is required is to believe in it, affirm it(affirmations) and visualize it as vividly as possible(Visualizations). “You can Manifest whatever you want” is against our basic belief(basically, we will be committing shirk by thinking we can control everything in our life). That only Allah is capable of creating anything that he wills(Kun Faya Kun – Be and It is). Yes, our responsibility is to want good things for ourselves and our loved ones, put in all the effort to bring it into existence along with making a lot of dua to Allah (SWT). If Allah wills, he will bring the thing we desire into being.

Also, this system places tremendous pressure on us to manifest something. If we have followed all the steps – affirmations, visualizations etc and yet don’t see any results, we conclude that there is something wrong with our thinking, something we are missing. This increases stress levels and if goes on for a while for various aspects of our life, it even affects our health, our self-esteem, self-confidence and relationships.

If after doing all this, the exact thing we wanted is not realized, we should know two things:

1. May be the exact thing that we wanted was not the best thing for us. May be Allah replaced it with something higher, something better which we do not understand yet. But will see it in the long term.

2. Only what Allah wills and is in accordance with our Qadr will be given to us.

Qadr is Allah’s decree or pre-destiny. This is one of the six articles of Imaan/Faith that a Muslim is required to believe in Qadr, the Good and the Bad of it.

Allah (SWT) in his infinite wisdom has written down in Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz(the Book of Decrees), the destiny of each creature. No matter what a person does, the divine decree will take over and only that will come to pass in his/her life.

However, it does not mean that our efforts are futile. As Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran many times, “Are the doers of good equal to those who do evil? Nay, the reward for good is only good”(paraphrased), Allah makes sure every one gets what they worked for(be it good or bad).

Hence, there is no reason to despair. Also, those who despair of Allah’s mercy are termed as disbelievers. So, we need to be aware that we don’t fall into despair in any situation. May Allah(SWT) make us of those who believe in Allah and his Qadr and who are patient in seeking His mercy and are ever grateful to what Allah gives us.

Also, we need to remember that Allah gives as we believe. If we believe in his Mercy, he is merciful to us.