All praise belongs to Allah. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Final Prophet.
The life of this world is a test for each one of us. A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and the dead will be resurrected for judgment. This day will be the beginning of a life that will never end. This day is the Day of Judgment!
On that day, we will be called to give our accounts individually. Imagine how dreadful it would be to see that our bad deeds outweighs our good! And in that situation we can’t weasel out. The only thing we can do is to take our account beforehand, and prepare knowing that we will have to stand before Allah on that day.
“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow and fear Allah.” (Surah Hashr 59:18)
The duty of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong is especially difficult when practiced on one’s own self. Shaytaan is ever prepared to defend the erring soul with countless excuses, for example, he bumps into our mind that what we are doing isn’t wrong and the sin which we are committing is not even a sin! Therefore, always seek refuge in Allah from the evil Shaytaan, the rejected ones.
Mankind has been given the tools with which to distinguish good from evil: observation, perception, conscience, judgement and emotion, all in a delicate balance. Furthermore Allah has sent the Qur’an as a Criterion, and the Prophet to teach us. A wise and prudent servant will therefore hasten to grasp every opportunity to gain good deeds. Such a slave endeavours in gaining Islamic knowledge so as to follow Islam as prescribed by Allah (Glory be to Him).
Prior to the Overwhelming Hour, there would be the occurrence of two signs relevant to Islamic faith and creed.
1) Qur’anic and Islamic knowledge will be passed on but no one will follow it:
Narrated Ziyad bin labid, the Prophet peace be upon him spoke of something and said: “It will happen when knowledge will be no more”. I said: “Allah’s Messenger, how will knowledge vanish despite the fact that we will be reciting the Quran and teaching its recitation to our children and our children will teach its recitation to their children up to the Day of Resurrection?” Thereupon he said: “Ziyad, may your mother weep over you. I was of the opinion that you were one of those who have the greatest understanding of religion in Madinah. Do these Jews and Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible but not act according to what is contained in them?” [Tirmidhee (2653), Ibn Maajah (4048) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]
Today, we Muslims gain and pass Quranic knowledge through various authentic sources but what matters is whether we follow it or not. Gaining knowledge of Islam for worldly benefits is utterly futile. The sole intention of acquiring knowledge is to act upon it, and thereby earn its rewards.
2) Until none shall say ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah’:
It was also reported from Anas that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Hour will not come until no-one on earth says, ‘Allah, Allah’.” (Ahmad)
There are two suggestions as to the meaning of the phrase, “until no-one on earth says ‘Allah, Allah.'” Firstly, it could mean that no-one will forbid evil, or try to correct another if he sees him doing something wrong. We have already come across this in the Hadith of ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Amr: “Only the worst people will be left; they will not know any good or forbid any evil.” Or secondly, it could mean that Allah will no longer be mentioned, and His Name will not be known; this will be part of the prevalent corruption and Kufr, as in the previous Hadith, “Until no-one on earth says ‘La ilaha illa Allah’.”
Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allah (Alone),” and then they stand firm, on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! (Surah Fussilat 41: 30)
May Allah make us of those who are successful, may Allah make us of those who are the chosen ones in His eyes.
Maha Bint Nayeem,