The Risk Of Waiting Until Tomorrow
It is very easy for us to fall into the mentality that we have an endless amount of time. That we can wait until tomorrow. That it is fine for us to not recite the Qur’an or pray Tahajjud today because we think that it can wait until tomorrow.
With this mentality, we become heedless and we end up making a habit of delaying our worship and good deeds. This might be because there is some other matter or task of our daily life that we have given more importance to and are more likely to not delay until tomorrow.
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “And worship your Lord [Allah] until there comes to you the certainty [death].” (Qur’an 15:99)
So how are we so confident in thinking that we can wait until tomorrow to worship our Lord or do good deeds? Allah tells us so clearly that our death is a certainty. It is something that each and every one of us will experience.
This life is not eternal. The Aakhirah (Hereafter) is eternal. We know that our departure is not something avoidable, yet we still harbour a mentality that we always have tomorrow.
The reality of death is something that perhaps, we prefer not to think about, or talk to those around us about, as we have a natural feeling of fear. We avoid truths that are harsh and we continue on living our lives without thinking enough about them, until there comes a time when it is too late.
There will come a time when our loved ones will grieve for us, but they will see our death as a reminder to them that they have more time than us in this world to work on their faith and please Allah. Our loved ones may still be here longer than us to seek repentance for their sins, but what will be of us? We will no longer have the ‘tomorrow’ that we, in some ways, anticipated would come.
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “No person knows what he will earn tomorrow.” (Quran 31:34)
This is the word of our Lord and Creator. He tells us clearly that none of us know what we will earn tomorrow. There is no guarantee that we will see tomorrow, nor do we know what will happen in our lives tomorrow if we do live to see it. There is no certainty that we will be in the same situation we are in today, whether it be in terms of our finances, our family relationships, our friendships or our homes.
So, we should never be so confident about delaying a good deed until the next day because the circumstances of the next day are not in our hands. We should strive to do as much good as we can today in order to please our Lord and show our gratitude to Him for allowing us to see today.