The Scale of our Deeds in the Akhirah

Islam for Beginners Contributor

Allah will judge all of our deeds and each action of ours will be taken into account by Him. Glorifying Allah and declaring His Oneness are among the deeds that will measure the heaviest on the Scale. We read in a hadith:

Abu Salma reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Nothing is heavier on the Scale than to glorify Allah. To praise Allah, to declare there is no God but Allah. And to declare Allah is the greatest, and a Muslim parent who’s righteous child passes away. He bears it patiently for the sake of Allah.” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)

In another hadith, we learn that when a man was being laughed at because the wind made him fall over (due to his small shins), what the Prophet (SAW) said to them was really inspirational and a lesson to us all. We read:

Ibn Mas’ud reported: He was harvesting tooth sticks from an Arak tree and he had tiny shins. The wind blew and made him fall over, so people laughed at him. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “What are you laughing at?” They said, “O Prophet of Allah, at his tiny shins.” The Prophet said, “By the one in whose hand is my soul, they will both be heavier on the Scale than the mountain of Uhud.” (Musnad Ahmad)

This shows us that although people were laughing at the man because of his small shins, the Prophet (SAW) told them that those sins will be heavier on the Scale than Mount Uhud, due to the man’s actions. Indeed, our self-worth lies only in our connection to Allah and in pleasing Him.

Another weighty deed is the act of being lenient in business and relieving the debts of people who are in great difficulty. We read in a hadith:

Abu Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man from the time before you were called to account in the Hereafter. Nothing good was found with him except that he was lenient in his business with people. And he would order his servant to relieve the debts of those in hardship. Allah Almighty said: We are more worthy of such actions, so overlook his sins.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

The first deed of ours that will be judged is our Salah. This makes us reflect and also reminds us not to be neglectful of our Salah. We should try our best to pray on time and with full concentration, sincerity and humility. It may help us if we try to look at the prayer as if it is our last prayer and if we put in the effort to understand the meaning of the words so that we will become more focused. We read in a hadith:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The first action for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, he will have prospered and succeeded. If they are lacking, he will have failed and lost. And if there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, then the Almighty Lord will say: See if my servant has any voluntary prayers that can complete what is insufficient in his obligatory prayers. The rest of his deeds will be judged the same way.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

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