Suffering during Summer vs. Hell

Bismillah wasalatu wasalam ‘ala rasoolilah,

Asalamoalaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

The linguistic meaning of the word ‘Muslim’ is one who submits or surrenders to the Will of Allah. So a Muslim is not supposed to give in to his/her desires and give them preference over the commandment of Allah. Really, it is a matter of who do your worship, yourself or Allah?

As a result, most Muslims who are devoted, actually have no issues when they’re obeying Allah. However, some of the things we as Muslims do, seem fascinating or almost impossible for the non-Muslims.

A lady who properly observes physical Hijab, i.e. her head and her body, would often be asked by non-Muslims that how can she manage layers of clothing during the scorching heat of summer.

I’ve been personally asked by my co-workers as to how I can actually manage fasting.

‘Not even water?’

‘Nope, not even water!’

‘I’m impressed how you people manage that but don’t you think that’s torturing yourself?’

And after such a conversation, Muslims try rationalizing the whole concept of how Islam and how it promotes ‘feeling’ for the poor which is why we fast and how ladies should cover up because obviously ‘beautiful and precious things are preserved like pearls in an oyester.’

All of such statements may be correct but the most important reason why we do what we do, is:

“…Say: ‘The Fire of Hell is more intense than that’…” [Quran, Surah at-Tawbah, verse 81]

Yep, we don’t want to burn in Hell-fire. And we know that Allah’s Words are true.

That’s as simple and as clear as it can get.

So those Muslims who take haram loans, own mortgage based homes, indulge in a gazillion other haram activities one can indulge in…just be sure to ask yourself, is it worth it?

O Muslim, you think you can’t be thrown into Hell? Wait till you read this:

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Some people will be brought forth from the Fire after its flames touch them (and change their colour), then they will be admitted to Paradise, and the people of Paradise will call them al-Jahannamiyyoon.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari #6191]

Imagine the humiliation. We try to guard our reputation and honor in this temporary world…what about the life that’s eternal, an abode that’s eternal? Think about it.

[A gentle reminder to myself first and then everyone else.]

And Allah Knows Best.

May Allah guard us and protect us from Hell-fire and bless us with His Infinite Mercy so that we enter Jannatul Firaduas without any reckoning.Ameen.

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