Often times when I ask this question I hear from people responding “I would never give up an eye for 1 million dollars or more.” This answer makes me think that one’s eye must be very precious to this individual, that they would not give it up for any amount of money. If this is the case then why is it that we Muslims are not thinking about what we will WANT to give up in the grave or on the Day of Judgment?
Allaah (subbhana Wa Tala) says in the Qur’aan:
“And fear a Day (of Judgment) when a person shall not avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from him nor will compensation be taken from him nor will they be helped.”
(The Qur’aan Chapter 2, Verse 286)
You see while we love our bodies and our health so much in this life, then why aren’t we submitting to Allaah (subbhana Wa Tala) while we have the opportunity to do it? What are we waiting for? Think about it? Many a time when I ask the question of when will you submit? I get the same old answers: “When I get old, when I go to hajj, when my spouse submits, when Allaah guides me, when I have a good job, etc” SubhanAllaah what if you don’t live that long, will you not reflect on the Ayat of the Qur’aan above? Since you would not give me 1 eye for 1 million dollars, then why is it that you not fear for your entire body and soul for a time when the pain will be millions of times worse than getting rid of only 1 eye?
Now is usually the time when people will slowly give excuses to leave. It begins to hurt, them, but not in a way that I had hoped for. It begins to hurt their ego’s. SubhanAllaah. They don’t want to be told or even think about that day. They want to imagine that somehow they are forgiven and the gates of Jannah are open for them. While hope is great, actions, sincerity, and mercy of Al Khalliq, will truly will determine where we will end up inshAllaah.
My dearest sisters and brothers think for a moment and think really hard, where do you want to end up? Just a few days ago Whitney Houston a famous R&B singer dies, and everyone is devastated. SubhanAllaah, all I keep thinking is what will her answers be in the grave, what will she be regretting. While everyone is mourning her life as a singer and actress, and she is selling millions of dollar’s worth music, I can only think what is she going through in her grave. Would she give up all of the money in the world for peace and happiness? I think we all know the answer to that one.
Now I want you to reflect on this next Ayat please:
“And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives) and they will abide therein forever. “
SubhanAllaah, glory be to Allaah, who is the most Generous. This Ayat shows us that Allaah will reward those believers who believe and do righteous good deeds. You know what is amazing is that the believer will be not only rewarded in dunya for believing and doing righteous good deeds, but also in the hereafter. You may be asking how will he/she be rewarded in the dunya? Well, those who are blessed to be believers, and are doing righteous good deeds, those are also the people who have sakina in their hearts. They are at peace in their lives and accept whatever Allaah (subhana wa’Tala) sends their way. It can’t get better than that! Alhamdullilah! So my dearest sisters and brothers, think about what your life is worth, and make a difference in your life by submitting today so that you may have a better tomorrow inshAllaah. I will leave you all to read a story to reflect on….
Shaitan called a world-wide Convention
Shaytan called a worldwide convention.
In his opening address to his evil Jinns, he said, “We can’t keep the Believers from going to Masjids. We can’t keep them from reading their Qur`an and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience with Allah”.
Once they gain that connection with Allah, our power over them is broken. So let them go to their Masjids; let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that relationship with Allah.
This is what I want you to do Jinns. Distract them from gaining hold of their Lord and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day! “How shall we do this?” shouted his Jinns. “Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon, their home will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”
“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-Qur`anic recitation constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Allah.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes. Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines so their husbands will believe that external beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. That will fragment those families quickly!”
“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted, and unprepared for the coming week. Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on Allah’s wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy, and busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions. Go ahead, let them be involved in soul winning; but crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Allah.”
“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause. It will work! It will work!” It was quite a convention. The evil Jinns went eagerly to their assignments causing Believers everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there. I guess the question is; has the devil been successful at his scheme?”