May 4, 2012

How have YOU prepared for the day of judgement?

By Nur 


What Have You Prepared?
A lot of the time we become overly obsessed about this dunya, that it becomes our main concern. We spend sleepless nights choosing what outfit to wear the next day, finishing that late night homework, making sure our homes look spotless. But when our favorite shirt becomes stained, or we receive an F on our homework or our home turns into a tornado, we come to realize that every single thing on this earth is temporary, and does not last long in the least. You have probably been in the scenario where you longed and wanted something for a very long time, and thought your entire happiness revolved around it, but when you received it that happiness disappeared you became bored of that item and it become amongst your other possessions.

Allah (Swt) teaches us in the Qur’an that all the worldly enjoyments are inferior compared to the hereafter:

“So whatever thing you have been given in this world it is but for enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely” (Surah Ash-Shuraa 26:36)

We are taught that rather then spending all our time worrying about the minute treasures in this dunya, our concern should be to prepare for the akhirah. In this world there are very few things we are guaranteed, we have no idea how long we will live, what job we will have, what spouse we will be married to – none of these things are guaranteed for us. But, the one thing which we are guaranteed from Allah (Swt) is that we will definitely taste death. So what have you prepared for that experience? What have you prepared for the Day of Judgement? What have you prepared to say in front of Allah (Swt)?

“But repentance is not (accepted) of those who (continue to) do evil deeds up until, when death comes to one of them, he says, “Indeed, I have repented now,” or of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful punishment.” (Surah An-Nisaa 4:18)

This is why we need to send ahead for our graves, that which will benefit us even after our death. The Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, or beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” (Muslim)

Below are some of the deeds you can prepare for your grave, and more importantly for the Day of Judgment:

1. Donate to a local charity – this is needed especially in our own communities as many Muslim families are on the verge of poverty and are in need of food and money.

“Indeed, the men who practice charity and the women who practice charity and [they who] have loaned Allah a goodly loan – it will be multiplied for them, and they will have a noble reward.” (Surah Al Hadid 57:18)

2. Send out emails with Islamic links or videos – if someone watches/listens to them and acts upon them, you will be getting the reward inshaAllah!

“…Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (Surah Al-Mujadilah 58:11)

3. Volunteer your own time for this ummah – look for volunteer opportunities around your community such as by hosting Islamic conferences, selling tickets, starting a halaqa, helping at a bake sale or even a food bank.

The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "The best of you are those who feed others and return the greeting." (Narrated by Ahmad, authentic according to Al-Albani)

4. Enjoin in good and forbid what is wrong – if you hear someone backbiting, swearing or any other kind of sin, try to advise them in the gentlest way as possible. If you see someone trying to do good, such a looking for a place to pray or startup a halaqa – assist them in this.

“[Such believers are] the repentant, the worshippers, the praisers [of Allah], the travelers [for His cause], those who bow and prostrate [in prayer], those who enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and those who observe the limits [set by] Allah. And give good tidings to the believers” (Surah At-Tawbah 9:112)

Try to add your own in the comments section! InshaAllah if someone implements them you will be gaining in on reward.

So my dear sisters, I pray and hope Allah (Swt) facilitates for you the ability to do righteous deeds up and until your final days. I pray that Allah (Swt) makes us amongst those who prepare for the next life, and use the time we have here to do the best we possibly can, for how many people have we seen drift away from this Dunya, living to please this dunya?


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