وَنَزَعْنَا مَا فِي صُدُورِهِم مِّنْ غِلٍّ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهِمُ الْأَنْهَارُ ۖ وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا لِهَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهْتَدِيَ لَوْلَا أَنْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ ۖ لَقَدْ جَاءَتْ رُسُلُ رَبِّنَا بِالْحَقِّ ۖ وَنُودُوا أَن تِلْكُمُ الْجَنَّةُ أُورِثْتُمُوهَا بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
“And We shall remove from their breast any (mutual) hatred or sense of injury (which they had, if at all, in the life of this world); rivers flowing under them, and they will say: “All praise and thanks are Allah’s, Who has guided us to this, and never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us! Indeed, the Messengers of our Lord did come with the truth.” And it will be cried out to them: “This is the Paradise which you have inherited for what you used to do.”
(Surah Al-A’raf, 7:43)
Excerpt from Tafsir Ibn Kathir about this ayah:
Destination of Righteous Believers
After Allah mentioned the condition of the miserable ones, He then mentioned the condition of the happy ones, saying,
﴿ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ ﴾
(But those who believed, and worked righteousness) Their hearts have believed and they performed good deeds with their limbs and senses, as compared to those who disbelieved in the Ayat of Allah and were arrogant with them. Allah also said that embracing faith and implementing it are easy, when He said,
﴿ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ لَا نُكَلِّفُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَآ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ أَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلۡجَنَّةِۖ هُمۡ فِيہَا خَـٰلِدُونَ • وَنَزَعۡنَا مَا فِى صُدُورِهِم مِّنۡ غِلٍّ۬ ﴾
(But those who believed, and worked righteousness — We burden not any person beyond his scope — such are the dwellers of Paradise. They will abide therein. And We shall remove from their breasts any Ghill;) meaning, envy and hatred. Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri said that the Messenger of Allah said,
« إِذَا خَلَصَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ مِنَ النَّارِ حُبِسُوا عَلَى قَنْطَرَةٍ بَيْنَ الْجَنَّةِ وَالنَّارِ فَاقْتُصَّ لَهُمْ مَظَالِمَ كَانَتْ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا حَتَّى إِذَا هُذِّبُوا وَنُقُّوا أُذِنَ لَهُمْ فِي دُخُولِ الْجَنَّةِ فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ إِنَّ أَحَدَهُمْ بِمَنْزِلِهِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ أَدَلُّ مِنْهُ بِمَسْكَنِهِ كَانَ فِي الدُّنْيَا »
(After the believers are saved from entering the Fire, they will be kept in wait by a bridge between Paradise and Hellfire. Then, transgression that occurred between them in the life of this world will be judged. Until, when they are purified and cleansed, they will be given permission to enter Paradise. By He in Whose Hand is my soul! One of them will be able to find his dwelling in Paradise more so than he did in the life of this world.) As-Suddi said about Allah’s statement,
﴿ وَنَزَعۡنَا مَا فِى صُدُورِهِم مِّنۡ غِلٍّ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِہِمُ ٱلۡأَنۡہَـٰرُۖ ﴾
(And We shall remove from their breasts any Ghill; rivers flowing under them,) “When the people of Paradise are taken to it, they will find a tree close to its door, and two springs from under the trunk of that tree. They will drink from one of them, and all hatred will be removed from their hearts, for it is the cleansing drink. They will take a bath in the other, and the brightness of delight will radiate from their faces. Ever after, they will never have messy hair or become dirty.” An-Nasa’i and Ibn Marduwyah (this being his wording) recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,
« كُلُّ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ يَرَى مَقْعَدَهُ مِنَ النَّارِ، فَيَقُولُ: لَوْلَا أَنَّ اللهَ هَدَانِي، فَيَكُونُ لَهُ شُكْرًا، وَكُلُّ أَهْلِ النَّارِ يَرَى مَقْعَدَهُ مِنَ الْجَنَّةِ فَيَقُولُ: لَوْ أَنَّ اللهَ هَدَانِي، فَيَكُونُ لَهُ حَسْرَة »
(Each of the people of Paradise will see his seat in the Fire and he will say, `Had not Allah guided me! And this will cause him to be grateful. Each of the people of the Fire will see his seat in Paradise, and he will say, `Might that Allah had guided me!’ So it will be a cause of anguish for him.) This is why when the believers are awarded seats in Paradise that belonged to the people of the Fire, they will be told, “This is the Paradise that you inherited because of what you used to do. ” This means, because of your good deeds, you earned Allah’s mercy and thus entered Paradise and took your designated dwellings in it, comparable to your deeds. This is the proper meaning here, for it is recorded in the Two Sahihs that the Prophet said,
« وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ لَنْ يُدْخِلَهُ عَمَلُهُ الْجَنَّة »
(And know that the good deeds of one of you will not admit him into Paradise.) They said, “Not even you, O Allah’s Messenger” He said,
« وَلَا أَنَا إِلّا أَنْ يَتَغَمَّدَنِيَ اللهُ بِرَحْمَةٍ مِنْهُ وَفَضْل »
(Not even I, unless Allah grants it to me out of His mercy and favor.)
﴿ وَنَادَىٰٓ أَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلۡجَنَّةِ أَصۡحَـٰبَ ٱلنَّارِ أَن قَدۡ وَجَدۡنَا مَا وَعَدَنَا رَبُّنَا حَقًّ۬ا فَهَلۡ وَجَدتُّم مَّا وَعَدَ رَبُّكُمۡ حَقًّ۬اۖ قَالُواْ نَعَمۡۚ فَأَذَّنَ مُؤَذِّنُۢ بَيۡنَہُمۡ أَن لَّعۡنَةُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَى ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ • ٱلَّذِينَ يَصُدُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَيَبۡغُونَہَا عِوَجً۬ا وَهُم بِٱلۡأَخِرَةِ كَـٰفِرُونَ ﴾
(Tafsir Ibn Kathir)
Excerpts from Tafsir As-Sa’di:
7:42. But as for those who believe and do righteous deeds – We do not
place on any soul a burden greater than it can bear – they will
be the inhabitants of paradise; they will abide therein forever.
7:43. We will remove all ill feelings from their hearts and make rivers
flow at their feet. They will say: Praise be to Allah Who has
guided us to this, for we would never have been guided if Allah
had not guided us. The Messengers of our Lord surely brought
the truth to us. It will be proclaimed to them: This is paradise,
which you are made to inherit as a reward for your deeds.
(The Holy Qur’an)
Having mentioned the punishment of the sinners and wrongdoers, Allah then mentions the reward of those who obey Him: ((But as for those who believe in their hearts and do righteous deeds) with their physical faculties, thus combining faith and action, outward deeds and inward deeds, doing what is obligatory and refraining from what is prohibited.
As the phrase (and do righteous deeds) is general in meaning and includes all righteous
deeds, both obligatory and supererogatory, some of which may be
beyond a person’s capability, Allah then says:
“We do not place on any soul a burden greater than it can bear” that is, He places on it only as much as it is able to bear, and does not expect of it that which is beyond its means. As this is the case, the individual must fear Allah as much as he can, and if he is unable to do some duties that others are able to do, they will be waived in his
case, as Allah says elsewhere:
“Allah does not place on any soul a burden greater than it can bear… “
(al-Baqarah 2: 286)
“…and [He] has not imposed any hardship on you in religion…”
(al-Hajj 22: 78)
“So fear Allah as best you can… ” (at-Taghabun 64: 16)
Nothing is obligatory if one is unable to do it, and nothing is prohibited in the case of necessity.
(they)* that is, the ones who have faith and do righteous deeds
«will be the inhabitants o f paradise; they will abide therein forever)
that is, they will never leave it or desire anything else in its stead,
because they will see therein all kinds o f delight, all desirable
things, the ultimate in pleasure, and no one could aspire to anything
“We will remove all ill feelings from their hearts” – by His kindness and generosity towards the people of paradise, Allah will remove the ill feeling that existed in their hearts, and the attitude of competition that existed among them, so that they will become brothers who love one another and close friends who are reconciled.
Allah says elsewhere:
“We will remove all ill feelings from their hearts; they will be like brethren seated on couches facing one another.” (al-Hijr 15: 47)
Allah will grant them honor because of which each one of them will attain a great deal of joy and happiness, and will think that there is no bliss greater than that which he enjoys. Thus they will be safe from envy and resentment, because the reasons for such feelings are no longer present.
“and make rivers flow at their feet” that is, they will cause the rivers to spring out whenever and wherever they want. If they want them to flow through their palaces or those lofty chambers, or through the gardens of paradise, through the orchards and flowers, they will flow without any ditch or channel, and they will enjoy good things
When they see what Allah has blessed and honored them with, “They will say: Praise be to Allah Who has guided us to this” because He blessed us and inspired us to believe in Him and to adhere to the deeds that led to this abode, and Allah preserved our faith and our deeds until we reached this abode thereby, so blessed be the Most Generous Lord Who has bestowed all these blessings upon us and has granted us favors both visible and invisible, that cannot be listed or counted.
“For we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us” that is, we could not have found guidance if He had not blessed us with His guidance and enabled us to follow His Messengers;
“The Messengers of our Lord surely brought the truth to us” that is, when they enjoy all the blessings of which the Messengers had foretold and they become certain of their reality by seeing them, after it had been certain knowledge, they will say: It has come to pass and we have seen all that the Messenger promised us, and all that they brought to us has been shown to be true, with no doubt or confusion.
“It will be proclaimed” by way of congratulation, honor, greeting and respect: “This is paradise, which you are made to inherit” that is, you are its heirs and it has become your lot, as the lot o f the disbelievers is hell. You are made to inherit it “as a reward for your
Some of the earlier generations said that the people of paradise will be saved from hell by the forgiveness of Allah, and will be admitted to paradise by the mercy of Allah, and they will be allocated abodes and will inherit them by virtue of their righteous deeds, which are part of His Mercy and indeed are one of the highest degrees of His Mercy.
All praise is due to Allah عزوجل who has guided our hearts to Islam. Glory to The One who has given us an opportunity to worship Him, understand what He requires from us, perform deeds of righteousness, and work for a home in the hereafter. Who can be more merciful than this? No one.
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
I remind you as first remind myself-this dunya is temporary and created for trials designed to separate the true from the false. Allah says in the Qur’an;
لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍ
“Verily, we have created man into toil and struggle.”
(Surah Al-Balad, 90:4)
Al-Imam Al-Ajurri (may Allah have Mercy on Him) said;
“Surely, during the times of trials and tribulations many people become exposed (for who they truly are).”
Those who believe should expect to be tried and tested and to feel reoccurring bouts of weariness, disappointment, unfulfillment (spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally) and the like. However, the believer should think well of Allah and do all within their ability to pass each test successfully.
Through Allah’s Mercy we have been promised times of ease in our difficult affair as Allah says in The Qur’an;
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
“Verily, along with every hardship is relief. Verily, along with every hardship is relief (i.e., there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs).”
(Surah Ash-Sharh, 94:5-6)
What is this struggle that mankind was created into? Opportunities for this toil and struggle are endless in dunya and include; the fight to overcome the evil within our own souls, the evil within souls closest to us, the evil from our enemy – the accursed Shaytan, and other such trials our Lord has decreed for us.
One should be constant in guarding against evil. The wise one will look to whom He or she spends the most time with as a first step in this affair. Sometimes it is the members of our families who present the greatest trials for us and the best opportunities for spiritual success.
The trials presented by our family members vary however, one I believe to be overlooked is the trial of personality conflicts.
There will undoubtedly be members of a family who don’t fully connect. This may leave one party feeling disliked, isolated, even hated by other family members. Those feelings, even if they are unsubstantiated in reality, can cause severe injury to the heart. In some families where “emotional talk” is not well tolerated, these feelings can linger and be a cause for resentment by all parties.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has informed us about conflicting personalities in the following hadith;
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) Saying: Souls are troops collected together and those who familiarized with each other (in the heaven from where these come) would have affinity, with one another (in the world) and those amongst them who opposed each other (in the heaven) would also be divergent (in the world).
Many of us look to our homes and families to be a place of peace for us. Though we should be constant in asking Allah عزوجل for a spouse and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes we must realize that those things may not have been written for us in this life. Allah عزوجل says in The Qur’an;
وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
“And those who say; “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqun (the pious).”
(Surah Al-Furqan, 25:74)
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلَادِكُمْ عَدُوًّا لَّكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ ۚ وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
إِنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ ۚ وَاللَّهُ عِندَهُ أَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ
“O you who believe! Verily, among your wives and your children there are enemies for you (who may stop you from the obedience of Allah); therefore beware of them! But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allah! With Him is a great reward (Paradise).”
(Surah At-Taghabun, 65:14-15)
When we experience struggle in the relationships closest to us it is a beautiful opportunity to love for the sake of Allah (only). This is the purest form of Love which is blessed and free from deficiencies. The merits of Loving for the Sake of Allah are many some of which are addressed in the following hadith;
Mu`adh (bin Jabal) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: `For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs”.
Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman: To love Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say: `Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine”.
Abu Idris Al-Khaulani (May Allah had mercy upon him) reported: I once entered the mosque in Damascus. I happened to catch sight of a young man who had bright teeth (i.e., he was always seen smiling). A number of people had gathered around him. When they differed over anything they would refer it to him and act upon his advice. I asked who he was and I was told that he was Mu`adh bin Jabal (May Allah be pleased with him) The next day I hastened to the mosque, but found that he had arrived before me and was busy in performing Salat. I waited until he finished, and then went to him from the front, greeted him with Salam and said to him, “By Allah I love you.” He asked, “For the sake of Allah?” I replied, “Yes, for the sake of Allah”. He again asked me, “Is it for Allah’s sake?” I replied, “Yes, it is for Allah’s sake.” Then he took hold of my cloak, drew me to himself and said, “Rejoice,! I heard Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) saying, `Allah, the Exalted, says: My love is due to those who love one another for My sake, meet one another for My sake, visit one another for My sake and spend in charity for My sake”.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Thrown on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): `I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
To love for the Sake of Allah سُبْحَانَ وَ تَعَالَىٰ is specifically for the Muslims. It is a love that ascends all worldly paradigms of love to the higher realms of spiritual devotion. It includes honoring your Muslim brother / sister due to Allah’s selecting them and honoring them with Islam. Loving for the Sake of Allah سُبْحَانَ وَ تَعَالَىٰ with wisdom requires one to practice forbearance, understanding that every soul battles with evil and that this evil may not always be repressed.
Love for the Sake of Allah سُبْحَانَ وَ تَعَالَىٰ is to forgive this evil, tame it through good manners, patience, and beneficial advise. Love for Allah’s sake should have the ultimate goal of all parties striving for Jennah together, with the hopes of one day sitting on thrones of dignity, facing each other, all hearts feeling and beating as one, with no hard feelings or contempt in them. In order to truly love for the Sake of Allahسُبْحَانَ وَ تَعَالَىٰ , one must remember this end goal and become dedicated in striving towards it.
Allah سُبْحَانَ وَ تَعَالَىٰ says in The Qur’an;
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَن تَرِثُوا النِّسَاءَ كَرْهًا ۖ وَلَا تَعْضُلُوهُنَّ لِتَذْهَبُوا بِبَعْضِ مَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ إِلَّا أَن يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُّبَيِّنَةٍ ۚ وَعَاشِرُوهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ ۚ فَإِن كَرِهْتُمُوهُنَّ فَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَيَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
“O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will; and you should not treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the Mahr you have given them, unless they commit open Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse or disobey their husbands); and live with them honorably. If you dislike a them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good.”
(Surah An-Nisa, 4:19)
Our greatest joy and comfort should be found in worshiping our Lord alone;
It was narrated that Anas رضى الله عنه said:”The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘Women and perfume have been made dear to me, but my comfort has been provided in prayer.’ ‘
The Muslim men and women, should prepare for a time when all debts will be settled amongst us, and Allah عزوجل will wrong no soul. Allah عزوجل says in The Qur’an;
وَإِن مِّنكُمْ إِلَّا وَارِدُهَا ۚ كَانَ عَلَىٰ رَبِّكَ حَتْمًا مَّقْضِيًّا
“There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell): this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished.”
(Surah Maryam, 19:71)
Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri رضى الله عنه:
We said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He said, “Do you have any difficulty in seeing the sun and the moon when the sky is clear?” We said, “No.” He said, “So you will have no difficulty in seeing your Lord on that Day as you have no difficulty in seeing the sun and the moon (in a clear sky).” The Prophet then said, “Somebody will then announce, ‘Let every nation follow what they used to worship.’ So the companions of the cross will go with their cross, and the idolators (will go) with their idols, and the companions of every god (false deities) (will go) with their god, till there remain those who used to worship Allah, both the obedient ones and the mischievous ones, and some of the people of the Scripture. Then Hell will be presented to them as if it were a mirage. Then it will be said to the Jews, “What did you use to worship?’ They will reply, ‘We used to worship Ezra, the son of Allah.’ It will be said to them, ‘You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. What do you want (now)?’ They will reply, ‘We want You to provide us with water.’ Then it will be said to them ‘Drink,’ and they will fall down in Hell (instead). Then it will be said to the Christians, ‘What did you use to worship?’
They will reply, ‘We used to worship Messiah, the son of Allah.’ It will be said, ‘You are liars, for Allah has neither a wife nor a son. What: do you want (now)?’ They will say, ‘We want You to provide us with water.’ It will be said to them, ‘Drink,’ and they will fall down in Hell (instead). When there remain only those who used to worship Allah (Alone), both the obedient ones and the mischievous ones, it will be said to them, ‘What keeps you here when all the people have gone?’ They will say, ‘We parted with them (in the world) when we were in greater need of them than we are today, we heard the call of one proclaiming, ‘Let every nation follow what they used to worship,’ and now we are waiting for our Lord.’ Then the Almighty will come to them in a shape other than the one which they saw the first time, and He will say, ‘I am your Lord,’ and they will say, ‘You are not our Lord.’ And none will speak: to Him then but the Prophets, and then it will be said to them, ‘Do you know any sign by which you can recognize Him?’ They will say. ‘The Shin,’ and so Allah will then uncover His Shin whereupon every believer will prostrate before Him and there will remain those who used to prostrate before Him just for showing off and for gaining good reputation. These people will try to prostrate but their backs will be rigid like one piece of a wood (and they will not be able to prostrate). Then the bridge will be laid across Hell.” We, the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! What is the bridge?’
He said, “It is a slippery (bridge) on which there are clamps and (Hooks like) a thorny seed that is wide at one side and narrow at the other and has thorns with bent ends. Such a thorny seed is found in Najd and is called As-Sa’dan. Some of the believers will cross the bridge as quickly as the wink of an eye, some others as quick as lightning, a strong wind, fast horses or she-camels. So some will be safe without any harm; some will be safe after receiving some scratches, and some will fall down into Hell (Fire). The last person will cross by being dragged (over the bridge).” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “You (Muslims) cannot be more pressing in claiming from me a right that has been clearly proved to be yours than the believers in interceding with Almighty for their (Muslim) brothers on that Day, when they see themselves safe.
They will say, ‘O Allah! (Save) our brothers (for they) used to pray with us, fast with us and also do good deeds with us.’ Allah will say, ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of one (gold) Dinar.’ Allah will forbid the Fire to burn the faces of those sinners. They will go to them and find some of them in Hell (Fire) up to their feet, and some up to the middle of their legs. So they will take out those whom they will recognize and then they will return, and Allah will say (to them), ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of one half Dinar.’ They will take out whomever they will recognize and return, and then Allah will say, ‘Go and take out (of Hell) anyone in whose heart you find faith equal to the weight of an atom (or a smallest ant), and so they will take out all those whom they will recognize.” Abu Sa’id said: If you do not believe me then read the Holy Verse:–
‘Surely! Allah wrongs not even of the weight of an atom (or a smallest ant) but if there is any good (done) He doubles it.’ (4.40) The Prophet added, “Then the prophets and Angels and the believers will intercede, and (last of all) the Almighty (Allah) will say, ‘Now remains My Intercession. He will then hold a handful of the Fire from which He will take out some people whose bodies have been burnt, and they will be thrown into a river at the entrance of Paradise, called the water of life.
They will grow on its banks, as a seed carried by the torrent grows. You have noticed how it grows beside a rock or beside a tree, and how the side facing the sun is usually green while the side facing the shade is white. Those people will come out (of the River of Life) like pearls, and they will have (golden) necklaces, and then they will enter Paradise whereupon the people of Paradise will say, ‘These are the people emancipated by the Beneficent. He has admitted them into Paradise without them having done any good deeds and without sending forth any good (for themselves).’ Then it will be said to them, ‘For you is what you have seen and its equivalent as well.'”
Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri رضى الله عنه:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When the believers pass safely over (the bridge across) Hell, they will be stopped at a bridge in between Hell and Paradise where they will retaliate upon each other for the injustices done among them in the world, and when they get purified of all their sins, they will be admitted into Paradise. By Him in Whose Hands the life of Muhammad is everybody will recognize his dwelling in Paradise better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world. “
Allah in His infinite Mercy may allow us to re-cross bridges in this life as a means of rectification. Those who seek to prepare well for The Day of Ressurrection, should seek to make amends for their wrong-doing and forgive others as much as they can. Allah says in The Qur’an;
وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious).
(Surah Al ‘Imran, 3:133)
In seeking Allah’s forgiveness through dealing fairly with His creation, the believers should be always ready to apologize (even when they don’t receive the same when due), forgive, understand and acknowledge the hearts (feelings) of others, mend disputes, cover faults, and the like, whistle hoping to be rewarded by their Lord. Allah says in The Qur’an;
هَلْ جَزَاءُ الْإِحْسَانِ إِلَّا الْإِحْسَانُ
“Is there any reward for good other than good?”
(Surah Ar-Rahman, 55:60)
Engaging in these righteous deeds in this life may save us from humiliation and retribution from others on The Day of Judgement;
Narrated `Abdullah bin` Umar:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection. “
(Sahih al-Bukhari 2442)
May Allah grant us Tawfeeq in this affair. Ameen.