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.”
When a Muslim takes account of his actions, he is able to realize the right of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) over him. Ibn Qayyim said, “A benefit of understanding Allah’s right over the servant is that it breeds condemnation of oneself and delivers one from showing off and vanity. It also opens the door of humbleness in front of Allah and closes the doors of conceit. It allows one to realize that salvation is only through Allah’s grace and mercy. It is Allah’s right that He should be obeyed and not disobeyed: that He should be remembered and not forgotten and that He should be appreciated and not unappreciated. Whoever thinks over these things will know with certainty that he cannot fulfill these conditions and, thus, has to resort to Allah’s mercy. Such a person will be convinced that he cannot rely on his actions, lest he be destroyed. Many people think about their rights over Allah and do not about His rights over them. This is how they are detached from Allah and deprived of the desire to meet Him. This is the epitome of ignorance of their Lord and of themselves.” (Ighathatul lahfaan 1/99-101; secondary reference)
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