In the name of Allah
The All Compassionate, the All Merciful
21st Jamadial-Awwal 1444 (16th December 2022)
Islamic Universal Association
20 Penzance Place, Holland Park
London, W11 4 PG
Jihad An-Nafs – Part 109
Purification of the heart-Part 52
The Day of Judgement or the Day of Reckoning has been referred in the Holy Quran in more than 40 diverse ways as it is highly important; some of the relevant Ayahs are:
Ayah 284 of Surah Al-Baqarah:
“To God belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth, and whether you manifest what is in your minds or conceal it, God will call you to account for it. Then He will forgive whomsoever He pleases and punish whomsoever He wills, and God has power over all things.”
Ayah 199 of Surah Aale-Imran: “Among the people of the Book are those who believe in God, and in what has been revealed to you and in what has been revealed to them humbling themselves before God. They do not sell the signs of God for a mean price; for these there is a reward with their Lord. Indeed God is quick in reckoning.”
Ayah 6 of Surah An-Nisa: “Test the orphans until they reach the age of marriage; then if you find in them mental maturity, release their property to them, and do not consume it not wastefully, and hastily fearing that they should attain full age. Whoever’s guardian is rich, he should take no wages, but if he is poor, let him take for himself what is just and reasonable. And when you release their property to them, have the transaction witnessed in their presence and God suffices as a Reckoner.”
Ayah 62 of Surah Al-An’am: “Then they shall be returned to God, their Master, the only Real One. Beware! His alone is the judgement and He is the swiftest in taking account.”
Ayah 40 of Surah Ar-Ra’d: “We will either show you part of what We have promised them or take your souls to Ourselves (it makes no difference), for verily on you is incumbent to deliver the Message and on Us is calling them to account.”
Ayah 41 of Surah Ibrahim: “O Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and the believers on the Day when the reckoning shall be set up!”
Ayah 113 of Surah Al-Shu’ara: “Their reckoning is with my Lord, if only you know.”
Ayah 39 of Surah Al-Ahzab: “Those who convey the Message of God and fear Him, and fear none but Him, God suffices to take their account.”
Some valuable points
- Every individual will be subjected to interrogation on the Day of Reckoning.
- Whether one reveals or conceals what is in one’s mind and heart, Allah (s.w.t.) will call to account for every deed, be it significant or negligible.
- The Justice system of the hereafter will be flawless and absolutely just. No judgment could be overturned by a jury nor could it be influenced by any individual. To be continued
- Allah (s.w.t.) will decide the outcome of each individual as He pleases.
Life of Fatima (a.s.) – Part 2
According to an authentic tradition, the 13th of Jamadial-Awwal is the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima (a.s.) and I express my condolences to Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.) and the lovers of the Ahlul Bait. On this sad occasion, I will discuss the first part of her impeccable life, i.e, from her birth until the death of her dear mother, Khadija (a.s.).
We know that the Prophet of Islam had only one daughter, Fatima (a.s.). Her mother, Khadija, had two other daughters from her earlier marriages. When the Prophet (s.a.) married her, both her daughters came with her to live in the house of the Holy Prophet (s.a.). Fatima (a.s.) was born 5 years after Bisat (the first revelation) on the 20th of Jamadial-Thani in Mecca. The Holy Prophet (s.a.) regarded her as an angel in human form; she was an inseparable part of him. He would be overwhelmed with joy whenever he set eyes on her. She has several titles; it has been reported in Bahjatul Qalbil Al-Mustafa on page 147 that Imam Jaffar Sadeq (a.s.) has said: “My great grandmother, Fatima, has nine titles which have been chosen by Allah, namely, Fatima As-Siddiqa, Al-Mubaraka, Ai-Tahira, Az-Zakiyya, Ar-Raziyya, Al-Marziyya, Al-Muhadatha Al-Masooma and Az-Zahra.
Fatima (a.s.)’s childhood was intensively troubled, being the early days of Islam. She witnessed the sufferings and the increasing pressure imposed by the disbelievers on her father, but she was always at his side with her mother to help him especially in the Valley of Abu Talib (She’eb Abi Talib), where the Holy Prophet (s.a.) along with Abu Talib and other members of Bani Hashim and Bani Al-Muttalib were forced to withdraw from Mecca for 3 years and live there in a painful boycott. This was very rigorous and traumatic for them and for many months they lived in misery, yet the Holy Prophet (s.a.) never ceased inviting the non-Muslims to Islam.
However, on the 26th of Rajab, in the 10th year of Biset (Holy Prophet’s mission) Abu Talib, the Holy Prophet (s.a.)’s uncle, died and 5 or 35 days later, Khadija (a.s.) died, when Fatima (a.s.) was only 5 years old, which brought great sadness to both her father and herself. She was with her father in Mecca, 3 years after the death of her mother and despite her pain and suffering she looked after him so devoutly that he used to call her “Umme Abiha” i.e, the mother of her father. This was the hardest time for the family because with the demise of Abu Talib, who was the protector of the Holy Prophet (s.a.), the hostility of the Quraish became the severest then. She saw and dressed the wounds sustained by her father due to the stones thrown on him by the disbelievers. To be continued