STANDING BEFORE ALLAH TA’ALA
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STANDING BEFORE ALLAH TA’ALA

The Last communication from the heavens high above to the earth down below took place according, to commentators of the Qur’aan, nine days before the demise of the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

Being the last message it was expected to bear a message that was all encompassing and that which was to ensure success of man in the life of the hereafter. Allah Ta’ala did not point out the importance of salaah in this message, nor did he highlight the importance of Haj or any of the other pillars of Islam. Character, business dealings, personal hygiene or the many other facets of Deen too were not mentioned. All Allah Ta’ala said was,

“And fear the day wherein you will be returned in it to Allah Ta’ala-then every soul shall be given its full recompense for that which it has earned and no one shall be done any injustice too (on this day). (Surah Baqaraah, verse: 281)

In the above final revelation the message is simple and clear. It tells in a very compelling way that O man be wary of the day when you will be made to stand before Allah Ta’ala and account for your life and your every deed. Thus there was no need for Allah Ta’ala to go into detail. This message encompasses everything in totality. This verse tells of no other day but the day of Qiyaamah. The word Qiyaamah is derived from the Arabic verb Qaamah which means to stand. And because we all will be made to stand before Allah Ta’ala on this dreadful day, the name Qiyaamah has been aptly given notwithstanding the many other names the day has been given.

We all know of this day and many of us are also knowledgeable of the signs preceding this day. In our daily prayers, we recite in Arabic ‘Master of the Day of Judgment’ a number of times, so that our attention is turned towards the ‘Day of Qiyaamah.’ A chapter of the Qur’aan is even titled by the title of Qiyaamah. Many ahadeeth begin with the words, He who believes in Allah Ta’ala and the last day…”

 Sadly to most today Qiyaamah is still too far away to be concerned about it right now. “We will cross that bridge when we get there.” some say. Thus to some this horrendous day is a very distant thought or frighteningly not even a though at all to others.

We can either live each day facing the reality of life which is that it is going be accounted for or living each day oblivious of the reality of life which is that one day it will end in the form of death which will mark the very beginning of Qiyaamah as the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam is reported to have said that,

“He who dies, his Qiyaamah has begun.”

Those who live life facing its reality are truly wise and intelligent and are on the path of true righteousness. Those who do otherwise live in a state of delusion.

Often the Holy Qur’aan and narrations of the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam severely condemn and criticise those who do not believe in the Day of Qiyaamah. At times we find them condemning those who believe in the Day, but are negligent of it very similar to a sick person who knows his cure lies in the prescribed medicine but does not want to take it. Therefore, hadeeth emphasise the visitation of graves, so that man may remember death and more importantly its message of accountability to Allah Ta’ala.

To believe in the Day of Qiyaamah is "the most important article of faith in Islam. It is in fact, the basis upon which Islam builds its whole philosophy of Life... The advent of resurrection or Qiyaamah is more frequently mentioned in the Noble Qur’aan than any other happening. So important is this day that Allah Ta’ala takes an oath by it saying,

 "I do call to witness the Resurrection Day; And I do call to witness the self-reproaching Spirit." (Surah Qiyaamah, verses 1-2)

In another verse reminding man of this dreadful day Allah Ta’ala says:

 "O ye assembly of Jinns and men! Has not come unto you messengers from amongst you, setting forth unto you My signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?" (Suratul An’Aam, verse: 130)

A major portion of our supplications taught by the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam are devoted to asking Allah Ta’ala for an easy death and an easy reckoning. The intent behind these supplications is that man may wake up from the slumber of negligence and un-mindfulness and prepare for this day by living a life in total obedience to the laws of Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

The Holy Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam is reported to have said:,

‘Surely the heart rusts like iron.’ His companions Radiyallaahu Anhu Ajmaeen enquired, O Prophet of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, ‘How can it be polished?’ He Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam replied, ‘By remembering death and with the recitation of Qur’aan.’ (Nahjul Fasahah)

The Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam in many of his supplications sought refuge in Allah Ta’ala from the horrors of the day of Qiyaamah and taught his ummah to do the same. The mere thoughts of standing before Allah Ta’ala and being held accountable sent shivers down the spines of the beloved companions Radiyallaahu Anhu and even made them paralytic with fear. This despite the divine guarantee that they were already granted forgiveness and Paradise in this world regardless of what they did after this. Hadrat Abu Bakr Radiyallaahu Anhu was amongst those illustrious companions who on the thought of standing before Allah Ta’ala wept profusely out of fear. Need we remind you that this was Hadrat Abu Bakr Radiyallaahu Anhu, the personality who was regarded as the best of Allah Ta’ala’s creation after the Prophets Alaihimus Salaam and who on a few occasions was guaranteed Jannah on this earth. This however did not immunise him from being fearful of the day of Qiyaamah. It is recorded that once on seeing a bird fluttering overhead he remarked with great distress and pain,

“How wonderful is your life O bird. You eat freely from the trees and seek your shelter from them too. And tomorrow when Abu Bakr will be held accountable in the court of Allah Ta’ala, you O bird will go free without any reckoning!”

Our case is quite different. Actually it is in stark contrast. The thought of Qiyaamah, if and when it happens once in a ‘blue moon’ does not even make us bat an eyelid.

 

So let us from today resolve to remember death at all times wherein our first accountability (Qiyaamah) will start and live life with the thought of Qiyaamah constantly on our minds. This is what would make righteousness much easier to attain and then when we would finally stand before Allah Ta’ala, then instead of trembling with fear we would Insha Allah be beaming and radiating with joy!

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