The life of this world is an ‘exam room’, the two ‘papers’ to be ‘written’ are that of Īmān (Belief) and Ā’mal (good deeds)… but the results will only be announced in the next world! The ‘paper’ of Īmān has to be passed… with 100% marks! The ‘paper’ of Ā’māl is to strive and ‘stock up’ on good deeds for the Day of Judgment. Even the little deeds will count in the Court of Allāh Ta’ala, therefore Nabī-Karīm ﷺ mentioned not to regard any good deed as small, and seek salvation from hell, even if it is through giving one piece of a date in charity.
The one given the ‘report’ in the right hand – a sign of success – will call out in excitement, ‘Look at my results!’ He will talk about how he strove in this world and will be entered into paradise to enjoy the bounties of Jannah, which is beyond imagination! The one who receives the ‘report’ in the left hand – a sign of failure – (Allāh save us!) will be in misery and disgrace, and wish for death to overtake him. But, the life after death is everlasting and neverending, either in bounties and favours of Allāh, or punishment in the grave, disgrace on the Day of Judgment and suffering in hellfire.
In the Holy Qur’ān, Allāh Ta’ala teaches us a Duʿā to be saved from disgrace on the Day of Judgment: وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ And do not disgrace me on the Day when all will be resurrected – [26:87]
Alas, life is passing like a fast flowing river and before we know, time is up. Despite our busy schedules, sparing a little time for Duʿā after the 5 Ṣalāh will take us a long way in this world and the Ākhirah.
Summary: Jumu’ah Talk – Umhlanga on April 26, 2019