For the limited time that we are on this earth, we want to secure our days and nights to be in accordance to the Pleasure of Allah. Active worship is the best way to do this (i.e. by praying salah, reading Qur’an, doing dhikr, studying and teaching knowledge, etc.) but what about those empty hours? What about that “chilling time”? Always remember that where there’s a will, there’s a way. You have the potential to turn everything into worship. Just make the intention that whatever halal activity you’re doing, it’s because you want to avoid what’s displeasing to Allah and you’ll be rewarded. If you are in a difficult stage in your life, remember that the reward for being patient during hardship is none other than the Pleasure of Allah. We always wait for our hardships to pass us by, but imagine that your hardships lasted throughout your life and you died in a state of sabr. And then, on the Day of Judgment you were told that your entire life counted for you and not against you. We all have moments that we know could get us in trouble on the Day of Judgment, but what if you could get your scale heavier through your sabr, your akhlaq and your perseverance against temptations? Staying away from sins is much more important than building mountains of good deeds. Accepting the Decree of Allah and making the most of it is the best way to get a good life in this world and the next.
Abu Ad-Darda (radiAllahu anhu) reported:
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” (At- Tirmidhi)
Good Deeds & Sins
It was narrated from Thawban that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“I certainly know people of my nation who will come on the Day of Resurrection with good deeds like the mountains of Tihamah, but Allah will make them like scattered dust.” Thawban said: “O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us and tell us more, so that we will not become of them unknowingly.” He said: “They are your brothers and from your race, worshiping at night as you do, but they will be people who, when they are alone, transgress the sacred limits of Allah.” (Ibn Majah)
Hardships & Patience