Are we ready to face our Lord?

Men praying at sunset in front of mosque
Mosque in the centre with men around praying at sundown © Ilkin Guliyev | Dreamstime.com

Amid the pandemic of the coronavirus, countless people are losing their lives. This should serve as a reminder for us all to work on improving ourselves as believers in the time that Allah has blessed us with and each day he allows us to wake up.

We should remember to be kind to those around us. Our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter.” (Muslim)

We must not overlook the importance of looking after our parents, and we should make an effort to be patient with them. We read in a hadith that Abdullah Ibn Masood said:

“I asked the Prophet (SAW) which deed is most liked by Allah. He said: ‘Prayer offered on time.’I asked him: ‘Then what? He (SAW) said: ‘Kindness and respect towards parents.’…” (Bukhari)

We ought to remind ourselves the significance of prayer, try our best to be focused whilst praying, and pray on time. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The key to Paradise is prayer; the key to prayer is wudu (ablution).” (Musnad Ahmad)

We have to keep in mind that reciting the Qur’an is a vital part of Islam, and strive to recite it as regularly as possible. Our religion teaches us that reciting the Qur’an heals our hearts, as our Creator says in the Holy Qur’an:

“O mankind! There hath come to you an admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe a Guidance and Mercy.” (Qur’an 10:57)

Furthermore, setting a niyyah (intention) before everything we do is very important for us. We read in a hadith that our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW said:

“Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

We should also remember to forgive others and not hold grudges. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“…And let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 24:22)

We must not overlook the importance of repentance. We ought to sincerely repent to our Lord and make du’aa to Him to forgive us. Our Lord tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“… And ask Allah to pardon all of you, O devotees, that you might be fruitful.” (Qur’an 24:31)

We have to try our best to give to charity with the wealth that Allah has given us. We read in a hadith:

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Tirmidhi)

We should remember that the example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is what we should be following, instead of focusing too much on popular or famous figures of this worldly life. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 3:31)