بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
It is interesting to see how we see so many ads or articles saying eating or drinking X, Y and Z and cutting down sugars and salt will be beneficial for your health and make you “live longer”. There are even arguments whether tea is good for x or y– same with coffee. I.e. they can benefit it some way but can harm in other ways. The concept of death is something many people will want to avoid talking about but it is in fact a certainty that every person will face! Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon- To Allah (swt) we belong and to him we will return. Life here is only temporary and thus we must make provisions for the hereafter.
However, after death and its trials followed by our resurrection follows the Day of Judgement which lasts 50000 years (just to remind, a day does not always mean 24 hours), which is a serious long time. Though for a believer it could feel much shorter – for some simply the time between Dhuhr and ‘Asr [Hakim].
He will say: “What number of years did ye stay on earth?”
They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account.”
He will say: “Ye stayed not but a little,- if ye had only known!
“Did ye then think that We had created you in jest, and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?”
Therefore exalted be Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no god but He, the Lord of the Throne of Honour!
[Holy Quran 23:112-116]
During this time the sun will be really close (about a mile away from us), we sometimes cannot stand the heat when it is summer, imagine standing with the sun so close for 50000 years. It is also said that people will drown in their own sweat [Muslim]
Therefore, while it is important to prepare for the hereafter it will also be wise to make easy in the Day of Judgement, which is by being in the shade of Allah’s throne – a shade so cool that you will no longer sweat.
The Prophet (saw) said:
There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade:
• a just ruler
• a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah the Mighty and Majestic
• a man whose heart is attached to the mosques
• two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that
• a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but he says: ‘I fear Allah’
• a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity
• and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.
Narrated by Abu Hurairah [Bukhari, Muslim]
I will briefly go into detail on 3 of them which I feel is most relevant to us inshaAllah.
A youth who grew up in the worship of Allah
A person in his/her youth is most likely to fall into temptations such as zina, drugs and intoxicants as well as worldly distractions such as materialistic wants like fashion, games, etc. Therefore it takes great strength to avoid all this and indeed it is a blessing. Some people may even think “I’ll start praying when I’m older,” who knows if we will ever live to that? A well-known hadith in which Prophet Muhammad (saw) indicates ‘Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied and your life before your death.’ [Hakim]
MashaAllah during my time at university I have seen and met dedicated young Muslims who would strive for the sake of Allah, whether it be dawah, charity or even getting involved in politics with an aim to make student life better for everyone. For those who think you have wasted your youth (I am guilty of that to some extent) make the most of the youth that you have left, it is debateable when we end our youth – some say 33 but nevertheless while most of us are still in our youth we should make use of our resources and make it count. Rather than spend our youth in the beaches of Spain under the shade of the umbrella for a mere few days – focus on spending our time so that we are in Allah’s shade for that 50000 years.
A man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity
We all know how beneficial charity is for us. The Prophet (saw) says: “…Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire…” [Tirmidhi] – and we know that water is one of the best ways to rid of fire. However in this case we are not talking about any old charity, we are talking about ones that are done in secret.
Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury,-for them their reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [Quran 2:262]
It is human nature to seek praise of others, however this can be dangerous because its sin can erase the good deeds. As Muslims we must be humble and our deeds should have pure intentions behind this. However upon realising Allah’s (swt) reward being greater than any praise from people, one can keep donations anonymous more easily – Alhamdulillah we now are able to donate £s via the internet, just don’t mention your name. Or simply if you see someone poor in the street just nicely give him some money and leave quickly so nobody knows you did it. Maybe wear a mask, possibilities are endless!
A man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears
The Prophet (saw) said, “O followers of Muhammad! By Allah, if you knew what I know, you would weep much and laugh little.” [Bukhari]
The Prophet (saw) and the companions (ra) – as tears express our fear of Allah’s Punishment and of our sincere love and awe of Him. But how often do we remember Allah in seclusion and are then moved to tears? Do we weep more than we laugh or is it the other way round?
Again these are just 3 of the 7. We should aim to be in at least one of them and let us pray that Allah makes us people of Jannah and under his shade during the certain Day of Judgement and save us from the punishment of Hellfire.
On a side note, I mentioned earlier about people eating/drinking stuff which they think will keep them healthy. I’m not saying we should not care about what we eat after all we will be accountable with how we treat our bodies; “Your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you.” [Bukhari] But everything in moderation because what is written is written.
Everything good I mentioned is from Allah (swt) and anything bad that is mentioned is from me.