All praise is due to Allāh, Who make this world a provision for the Last Day. He has prepared for the believers the fullest recompense. I bear witness that there is no deity save Allāh, having no associates. I also bear witness that our Master and Prophet Muḥammad is the Servant of Allāh and His Messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon our Master Muḥammad, his family and all of his companions, and all those who follow them till the Day of Judgment.
Dear Muslims, One of the pillars of Islām is to believe in the Day of Judgment, a day when people will be raised alive after death so as to be judged by their Creator. On that Day, they will be recompensed for whatever they have done in this world; for their words and deeds no matter how big or small these were. Allāh the Almighty says,
فَمَن يَعمَل مِثقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيرا يَرَهُۥ وَمَن يَعمَل مِثقَالَ ذَرَّة شَرّا يَرَهُۥ
So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. (Q. 99: 7-8)
On its merits, belief in the Last Day has many benefits for the believers. For instance, it urges the believer to do plenty of righteous deeds so as to attain happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. This is because Allāh, the Most Exalted, has associated faith with good deeds, for He says:
مَن ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱليَومِ ٱلأخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَٰلِحا فَلَهُم أَجرُهُم عِندَ رَبِّهِم وَلَا خَوفٌ عَلَيهِم وَلَا هُم يَحزَنُونَ
… Those [among them] who believed in Allāh and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fears will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (Q.2:62)
Seeking such recompense, the believer returns to their Lord invoking Him humbly and earnestly to grant them all that is good in this world and in the Hereafter. About them, Allāh the Almighty says:
وَمِنهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا ءَاتِنَا فِي ٱلدُّنيَا حَسَنَة وَفِي ٱلأخِرَةِ حَسَنَة وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
But among them is he who says, ‘Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire. (Q2: 201)
Truly, it is such a great thing for the believer, which imparts delight to their hearts, to do that which is righteous in this life, hoping for great recompense on the Day of Judgment. On this account, Allāh the Almighty says:
وَمَن أَرَادَ ٱلأخِرَةَ وَسَعَىٰ لَهَا سَعيَهَا وَهُوَ مُؤمِن فَأُوْلَٰئِكَ كَانَ سَعيُهُم مَّشكُورا
But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allāh]. (Q17: 19)
That is to say: whoever wishes for the home of the Hereafter and its blessings and delights, thus strives in this way by performing good deeds, then Allāh the Almighty will, by His mercy, appreciate their efforts, oversee their flaws and reward them with the best of rewards.
This brings us to advise each other on how to make best use of our life and make it provision for the Hereafter. Indeed, the means of achieving such a great goal are many. One way is by fearing Allāh the Almighty. Being conscious of one’s Lord is amongst the best of deeds for which the believer gets rewarded abundantly on the Day of Judgment. Allāh, the Most Exalted has emphasised such fact for He says,
ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَكَانُواْ يَتَّقُونَ لَهُمُ ٱلبُشرَىٰ فِي ٱلحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنيَا وَفِي ٱلأخِرَةِ
Those who believed and were fearing Allāh. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. (Q10: 63-64)
On the same matter, the Messenger of Allāh (SAW) said, “Whoever believes in Allāh and the Last day should fear Allāh.”
Another righteous act through which the believer may seek the satisfaction of Allāh the Almighty and His rewards is to follow the guidance of the Prophet (SAW). Allāh has promised such believers with that which is good in the Last Day. The Most Exalted says:
لَقَد كَانَ لَكُم فِي رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسوَةٌ حَسَنَة لِّمَن كَانَ يَرجُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱليَومَ ٱلأخِرَ وَذَكَرَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرا
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allāh an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allāh and the Last Day. (Q. 33: 21)
أَقُولُ قَوْلِي هَذَا وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ لِي وَلَكُمْ وَلِسَائِرِ المُسْلِمينَ وَالمُسْلِمَاتْ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهْ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
I say this and ask Allāh for forgiveness for me and you, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيد المرسلين وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين.
All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of the Worlds. To Him all the good praise and the worthy gratefulness is due. May the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon our Master Muḥammad, his pure family, companions, and all those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.
O Seekers of the reward of the Hereafter, It is good to know that whoever desires a recompense from Allāh on the Day of Resurrection is also urged to maintain the houses of Allāh, establish prayer regularly, pay Zakāh for their wealth and be mindful of Allāh, the Exalted and Sublime. The Almighty has suggested that those are the true rightly guided believers, for He says:
إِنَّمَا يَعمُرُ مَسَٰجِدَ ٱللَّهِ مَن ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱليَومِ ٱلأخِرِ وَأَقَامَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَى ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَلَم يَخشَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ فَعَسَىٰ أُوْلَٰئِكَ أَن يَكُونُواْ مِنَ ٱلمُهتَدِينَ
The mosques of Allāh are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allāh and the Last Day and establish prayer andm give Zakāh and do not fear except Allāh, for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided. (Q. 10: 18)
In the same regard, Allāh the Almighty says:
أَمَّن هُوَ قَٰنِتٌ ءَانَاءَ ٱلَّيلِ سَاجِدا وَقَائِما يَحذَرُ ٱلأخِرَةَ وَيَرجُواْ رَحمَةَ رَبِّهِۦۗ قُل هَل يَستَوِي ٱلَّذِينَ يَعلَمُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُواْ ٱلأَلبَٰبِ
Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, ‘Are those who know equal to those who do not know?’ Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding. (Q. 39: 9)
This means, those who are hopeful of attaining the mercy of Allāh the Almighty, hence, they stand for prayer with complete submission and turn to Him seeking His forgiveness before dawn. Moreover, amongst the other merits of believing in the Last Day and in the great rewards that Allāh, the Most Merciful, has prepared for the true believers, being Paradise as perpetual abode, is that it is also conducive to motivate the believer to turn to their Lord in supplication and earnestly ask Him for the best of rewards in this life and the next. Allāh the Almighty has described the supplications of His believing servants, who said:
رَبَّنَا ٱغفِر لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسرَافَنَا فِي أَمرِنَا
Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs. (Q. 3: 147)
The Most FORGiving has responded to their supplications and generously rewarded them as accentuated in this Āyah:
فََٔاتَىٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ ثَوَابَ ٱلدُّنيَا وَحُسنَ ثَوَابِ ٱلأخِرَةِ وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلمُحسِنِينَ
So Allāh gave them the reward of this world and the good reward of the Hereafter. And Allāh loves the doers of good. (Q. 3: 148)
O Worshipers, Please be aware that those believers who show kindness towards others will, by Allāh’s grace, attain the Kindness of Allāh the Almighty on the Day of Judgment. The Messenger of Allāh pbuh said in this regard, “The people of kindness in this world are the people (who will attain Allāh’s) kindness in the Hereafter.” Indeed, being righteous, showing kindness to people, treating them with tolerance and alleviating the distress of those who are in hardship are amongst the righteous deeds that Allāh the Almighty has made a cause for concealing the faults of and making it easy on the doers of good in this life and the next. The Messenger of Allāh (SAW) said, “Whoever alleviates the need of a needy person, Allāh will alleviate his needs in this world and the Hereafter. Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allāh will shield him in this world and the Hereafter.”
O Allāh, please confer Your blessings and grant peace upon our Prophet Muḥammad (SAW), his family and all of the companions.
May Allāh be pleased with the Rightly Guided Caliphs: Abū Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmān and ‘Alī, and all of the noble Companions.
O Allāh, we seek Your grace to make us amongst those who remember you much and are steadfast on performing acts of worship. O Allāh, please forgive us all.
O Allāh, we seek refuge in Your perfect words from the evil of that which descend from the sky and from the evil of that which ascends in it, and from the evil of what is created in the earth and the evil of that which comes out of it. O Allāh we seek refuge in You from the trials of the night and the day, and from the visitations of the night and day, except for one that knocks with good. Indeed, You are the Most Merciful.
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