On this day full of barakah, let us strengthen our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Heed all of Allah’s commands and avoid what He has prohibited upon us. May our takwa help us achieve happiness in this world and the hereafter.
One of the articles of faith is to truly believe in the Day of Judgement, or Day of Qiyamah, and that there is an end to this entire universe. Al-Quran explains that this world is just a temporary place for a “stopover” or us and the Day of Judgement is certain. In the noble Quran, Allah s.w.t. mentions the condition of some of his servants on the Day of Judgement:
Which means: “But when there comes the Deafening Blast, On the Day a man will flee from his brother, And his mother and his father, And his wife and his children, For every man, that Day, will be a matter adequate for him.” [Surah Abasa verse 33-37]
My dear jemaah,
How terrifying would that be. We have seen and heard how a mother or father is always willing to sacrifice his or her life to save his or her child. And most of us simply could not bear to see our loved ones suffer. However, the severity of the Day of Judgement will cause us to not even have the time to think about the condition of others. Everyone gathered in the field of Mahsyar will be in a state of fear and worry about their own condition. Everyone will be preoccupied with his or her own sins and errors; and hopes that no one wishes to hold him or her accountable for their errors. That is the condition of someone who was neglectful in religious practices.
However, a believer and his family will be protected by Allah’s rahmah (mercy). Allah s.w.t. says:
Which means: “And those who believed and whose descendants followed them in faith – We will join with them their descendants, and We will not deprive them of anything of their deeds. Every person, for what he earned, is retained”. [Surah Al-Tur verse 21]
Jemaah, have we ever asked ourselves why we should believe in the Day of Judgement? What are the intended outcomes of believing in the Day of Judgement? Is it sufficient for us to be aware of the signs of the Day of Qiyamah and try to look out for it? Or is the intention more encompassing than that? It was reported by Imam Muslim, from Anas r.a., that an Arab Bedouin met Rasulullah s.a.w. and asked: “Ya Rasulullah, when will the Hour (Day of Judgement) take place? Rasulullah s.a.w. then responded with a very important question: “What have you prepared for it?”
Subhanallah, sometimes it seems that there are those among us who are more driven to search for the signs of the Day of Qiyamah, and to guess when it would occur, as if it is a game. This is most unfortunate, as one of the reasons for us to learn about and to be aware of these signs is to spark remorse in our hearts as we think about how we have prepared ourselves to face the Day of Judgement. What good deeds have we done that we can present to Allah when it’s time for us to be judged and assessed?
Believing in the Day of Qiyamah should strengthen one’s determination to be a mukmin (believer) who strives to obey Allah’s commands. This is because one believes that one is accountable for all of one’s actions and the blessings (nikmat) Allah has given. Every deed and action will be questioned and judged by Allah.
Thus, a servant of Allah who truly appreciates the meaning of the Day of Judgement will strive to better his or her acts of worship. The rights of other individuals will be fulfilled and met earnestly. A husband will be conscious of his responsibilities toward his wife, and ensure that they are carried out well, and her needs are met. A father will prioritise his children’s education. A child will fulfil his or her obligations to his or her parents by being kind to them.
It is intended that by believing in the Day of Qiyamah, we will also abstain from sins. Every time we think of carrying out a sinful act – whether it is stealing, lying, being mean to others, shaming others and so on – our belief and fear of the punishment during the Day of Judgement should prevent us from carrying out sinful acts.
In addition, a mukmin who believes in the Day of Judgement will not betray the wealth of another. For example, if one has been trusted to safekeep the inheritance of a deceased, one will return the assets to the inheritors, whether it is a huge amount or otherwise. This is different from those who are neglectful towards the Hereafter. They will not bother about the source of the wealth; not caring if it is halal or haram and if Allah is pleased with them or if their actions will incur Allah’s wrath.
Let us increase our good deeds, as our “investment” for the Hereafter. Start today; do not wait until Ramadan or a later period to perform good deeds. This is because our age, death and sustenance are all determined by Allah. While we may still have today, there is no guarantee we will be given the same opportunities tomorrow. May our belief in the Day of Judgement drive us to become servants of Allah who will achieve goodness in this world and the hereafter. Amin ya rabbal ‘alamin.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 9 May 2014 / 9 Rejab 1435