Ask yourself, if death comes to you today, would you be ready to go? Have you lived a life trying to build this life and hereafter? Let this be a reminder.
People are at various levels in their means of returning to Allah (SWT), few of them turn back to Allah (SWT) by repenting for certain wrongdoing and sins. This return comes from being aware of Allah’s (SWT) punishments and it is brought by through knowledge, fear and cautiousness, all of them leading to an increased trust in the mercy of the Creator. The highly regarded return is the comeback of the complete soul to Him. When the soul turns to Him nothing else stays behind because all the organs follow the soul. The heart too returns to Allah (SWT) with love, supplication, sometimes embarrassment of one’s wrongdoings and other times broken heart – in search of peace and tranquillity. The Nafs is kept in control by faithfully following the direction and by giving up bad habits, unethical attitude, and tainted disturbances.
Allah (SWT) says:
For indeed, with hardship will be ease (Quran 94:5).
We think of the earlier and post period but this is the time when silence is predominant everywhere, this is the right time to ponder over the Quran; we are not following the commands of Allah (SWT) that He has given to us in the Quran. Yet Allah (SWT) points out that by crossing the limits we ultimately are harming ourselves in this life and in the hereafter.
Why don’t we read the Quran and the Sunnah (Teachings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH), ponder over the verses of Allah (SWT) and try to understand what Allah (SWT) wants us to know and convey to those who are doing wrong that He is merciful towards his servants, and he prevails over his wrath. One Hadith states:
When Allah created the creations He wrote with Him on His throne my mercy has preceded my anger (Sahih Al Bukhari).
Still, whatever sins have been committed by us, we should not lose hope of Allah’s (SWT) mercy but many times when people are at this point, Shaitaan convinces them that they are so deeply drowning in a sea of sins that they shouldn’t hope for Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness. Shaitaan expands on one sin of ours and tires to trick us into doing more wrong and thus taking us further away from Allah (SWT). The worst thing we can do is to lose hope in Allah (SWT). Those who are harming themselves by committing sins should not lose hope of receiving mercy from the Most Merciful.
Allah (SWT) Says:
“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah” (Quran 13:28).
We should pray to Allah (SWT) and seek forgiveness, believing with full heart that Allah (SWT) not only hears us but He also sees us, and he also knows everything what resides in our hearts. When we are at the point of doing taubah, and have opened the door of returning to Allah (SWT) we need to make total submission to Allah (SWT) and also we have to completely surrender our will to His Lordship. For example, we have to surrender our ego, temptations, bad habits and habit of wasting time. We have to give up all of these for the sake of Allah (SWT).
One imagines success can be achieved through money, fame, position, business & property. But these do not lead to actual success. The real success depends on one’s Faith (Iman), Good Deeds (Amal e Saleh), Patience (Sabar) and Right (Haq).
The Quran says that all of mankind is in loss “except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience” (Quran 103:3).
This world is a life of examination. Death is a bridge between this world and the hereafter. Like we left our mother’s womb and entered into this world, from here we have to move to another world. It is just a smooth transition. It is a journey that we all are moving through. We have to redefine our relationships, we have to redefine our boundaries, and we have to understand what is right and what is wrong through the guidance that Allah (SWT) has given us in Quran. Irrespective of our knowledge and efficacy, we need to understand that Allah the Almighty (Omnipotent) is the Most Powerful.
Whenever you commit sin, you must repent and seek repentance. Despite having wronged ourselves by doing sins Allah (SWT) still considers us as his slaves who are worthy of being forgiven if we seek taubah. “Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him” (Quran 110:3). He is extremely forgiving (Al Ghafoor) and always Merciful (Al Raheem).
“And my success is not but through Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return” (Quran 11:88).