Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever wants to know what Allah has prepared for him, should look to what he has prepared for Allah.” [Abu Nu’aym, al-Hilyah. Silsilah as-Saheehah]
What a beautiful, simple formula to calculate one’s future with! Match yourself against the Quran and the Sunnah to know who you are, and look what you have set aside for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to know what Allah the Almighty and Majestic has prepared for you.
It is imperative that a person take his soul to account and treat his deficiencies. Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Take account of yourselves before you are taken to account, weigh your deeds before they are weighed.”
Hasan al Basri (rahimahu Allah) said about the ayah, “No. I do swear by the criticizing self…” [Surah Qiyamah: 2], “A believer will always be critical of himself in his food, his drink and his speech. A sinner will not criticize himself.” He also said “A believer is a guardian over himself: he takes account of himself for Allah. Those who take account of themselves in this world will be audited lightly in the Hereafter. Those who take this issue lightly will find their auditing very difficult.” Read the rest of this entry »