“Those are they who have purchased error at the price of Guidance, and torment at the price of Forgiveness. So how bold they are (for evil deeds which will push them) to the Fire.” [Surat al-Baqarah: 175]
How short sighted we are. In this life, given a choice we almost always choose the way that has the least amount of harm in it. The way that is secure, free of risk, grief and sorrow. Yet for the hereafter, the permanent abode, we forget about ourselves. We do the deeds of the people of the Hell fire, still maintaining hope that we will not end up in it.
How beautifully accurate therefore is the description that Allaah gave above! It is boldness that drives us to this. We believe to be lords of our own selves, and Allaah’s refuge is sought. We follow every whim and desire that our soul inclines to and we exchange that which is good for that which is evil. The fact of the matter is that our demise can be caused by something as small as a mosquito.
“…And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him…” [Surat al Muddatthir: 31]
We are weak in mind and in body. Our minds are swayed by the whisperings of Shaytaan and our bodies are subjected to the evil consequences of following these whispers. We forget the permanent (the hereafter) and focus on the temporary (this worldly life), even though if a fraction of the pain prepared for the denizens of the Hell fire to be inflicted upon us we would be destroyed. We wrong ourselves and we will only see the result of this on the Day of Resurrection:
“And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left upon the earth any creature, but He defers them for a specified term. And when their term has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].” [Surat an-Nahl: 61]
Again, how short sighted we are to our fate. Abu Hazim was asked:
“O Aba Hazim, why do we hate death?”. Abu Hazim said, “Because you have built up your Dunya (worldly life), and you have neglected and ruined your hereafter, therefore you hate to leave that for which you built up to go to that which you have ruined” [Taken from the biography of Salama ibn Dinar]
Can the mansions of this life be compared to the mansions of Jannah? Can the pain of this life be compare to that of the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones? Yet our conditions remain such that we forget, except those whom Allaah has mercy upon.
We ask Allaah for rectification of our souls, protection against its evil and the tawfeeq (success) to do the righteous deeds of the people of Jannah, the most righteous deed being Tawheed (affirming the Oneness of Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and His right to be worshipped alone).May He help the Muslimeen turn back to Him and assist them against the disbelieving people. May He send His Salaah and Salaam upon the Final Messenger to mankind, his family, his companions and all those that follow their way until the Day of Recompense.