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>> Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Asalaamu ailaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkatoo!

Dear Sisters....I thought we could all work on this question together that a reader turned in :) I'd really like to see your suggestions and advice! So I'm putting up the question first and inshaAllah, later I'll add my two cents ;)

I have a question but my e-mail don't work!

I wonder if a person has a short time to live! what can the person do to go to paradise? if the person has not pray as a Muslim should pray for some reasons. If the person feels that nothing he does seems enough because he did not pray like everyone else! and was a real idiot in this life, and if the person wants to get a second chance and become a true Muslim but has a very short time to live what can he do? what would you advise a very sinful Muslim to do if he was dying and had one day left to live?


p.s. I hope you are all having a fantabulous Ramadan :)

12 wonderful sprinkely thoughts:

Hope,  August 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

As salaam o alaikum!
He or she should definitely sit in front of Allah, pray his namaz now, or two Nawafil and make true and sincere taw bah.... For it is not only the quantity, but the quality and the intention behind it that matters.... It is awesome of Allah swt to declare that it is never too late to return to Him to ask for forgiveness.. .. And we should never underestimate the power of duaa....
May we always stay connected t Allah, and may we able to go to Allah with a good record with all the bad deeds wiped clean with tears of taw bah.... Aameen!

Unknown August 11, 2011 at 4:06 AM  

As- Salaam Alaikum :)

I agree with Hope. It's not the quantity, but the quality of our worship that matters. Deeds can be nullified so quickly if our hearts are not pure, it depends so much on our intentions and the depth of our sincerity.

There are several ahadith about this, and particularly the hadith of the man who killed ninety-nine people is a huge inspiration for me. Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala pardoned him simply because his desire to repent, to seek a righteous path was sincere.

One can say and do a lot of things, but only Allah alone knows whether they would be accepted or not. At the same time, it is our deeds that are a reflection of our piety. We show Allah our taqwa and sincerity to Him by obeying him, following His commandments and refraining from what He has forbidden. So basically, it's a combination of our hearts and deeds that we really have to work hard at :)

Saying that, this is an interesting question coz no one knows what's going to guarantee us Jannah, and there's only so much one can cram into 24 hours. I think though, that any Muslim, however negligent he was in the past, if he was a believer and was given only a day to live, would be really sincere in his desire to repent.

Lol, I know I would be totally freaked out and since desperate times calls for desperate measures, here's a list of stuff I would certainly do and pray like never before that they get last minute acceptance! :)

1- Fast the day

2- Make two rak'ah of Taubah and make lots of du'aa (these two rak'ah are very powerful if done with sincerity because Allah will truly forgive the sinner)

3- Pray all the prayers of the day promptly, including all the obligatory and voluntary prayers

4- Give everything away in charity (there was a Sahaba or a Prophet, I can't remember which, who gave everything away in sadaqah that when he died, he left nothing for his children to inherit)

5- Make continuous dhikr the whole day

6- Read Quran after every Salah (every letter you recite of the Quran carries with it a reward)

7- Patch up with all family and relatives, whatever it takes (upholding the ties of kinship is a really big thing and you really don't want to face Allah with those relations in tatters)

8- Pay all debts (um.... this might not be entirely possible if there's only one day and there's no money)

9- Ammend any wrongs you might have done to anyone, whether by backbiting, betrayal etc... and apologize (the betrayer and the backbiter gets really horrible punishments and even if one person forgives you, it can count a lot)

10- Make du'aa and make du'aa and make du'aa!! (this cannot be stressed enough coz the only thing powerful enough to affect the Decree is du'aa)

11- Have a nervous breakdown (this might apply, coz i'm very confident this will happen to me if I'm given such disastrous news! :P)

Ok, I can't think of anything else right now. Anyone else know what to do if it's your last day on earth?

On a serious note, this question has been a lesson on the importance of time. We should NEVER wait for the last minute to repent, to do good deeds because how much can you really weigh one days deeds against years or a lifetime of misdeeds?

A simple day cannot really tip the scale in your favor if the other side is piled high with countless days of wrongdoing, can it? We don't know, but we shouldn't risk it either.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala make us among those who values the time given to us and spends that time packing our suitcases with sincere repentance, good deeds and firm belief to carry with us to meet Him. Ameen.

p.s. Ramadan Mubarak everyone, a little belated, but it still counts, right? :)

Maryam A,  August 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

Fortunate is he, who remembers Allah abundantly.
As X@hu and Hope said:
Du'a, Du'a, Du'a!!!!
Make as much sincere du'a as possible!
Send Durood upon the Prophet Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wassallam(lots if you can because sending salaam upon the Prophet PBUH will raise you in ranks, surround you with Angels, & get you tremendous amounts of reward as well as many other things!), try to do tasbeeh of SubhanAllahi Wa bi hamdihi, SubhanAllahil Azeem, 100 times each.They erase sins if done sincerely.

Try to settle as many worldy problems you can do in such a short time, but always remember Allah and He, The Most Merciful will see your intentions and InshaAllah will help you.

Read the Qur'an, if you can't read arabic, read the transliteration and meaning of the Qur'an.

Do more Du'a, only Allah Subhanahu Wa-Ta'ala can help you on your journey to Him. Trust Him, have immense Hope in Him and know that Allah ALWAYS listens. He will NEVER let your efforts go to waste!


Maryam A.,  August 11, 2011 at 7:42 AM  


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Maryam A :)

BintAnsar,  August 11, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

MashaAllah ^that's a nice list.

Plant a tree, help in building an Islamic library: Sadaqah Jariah. =)

MumLee August 11, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

Well, I guess the person should seek forgiveness. There is a a hadith which says, if a persons seeks forgiveness in seclusion, and a drop of tear falls from his eyes thinking on sins he/she has done, there won't be a barrier between him and jannah and the hell will be away from him as long as a human can not put the milk back to cow's udder once it's been milked. *that example in the hadit is just to show the impossibility*

Allah know better, but he must seek forgiveness and try not to repeat sins. Then, he can caaryout all good deeds possible from his side.

Little Auntie August 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

Ma'shaAllah, really good tips and advice up there. Together, we've got a GREAT list, ma'sahAllah :)
And I just want to say, SubhanAllah, this question is something we should all ponder on because none of us knows when our last day will be. We are all 'dying', actually....we just may not be aware of it.

As for 'being an idiot' for most of this person's Xahu said, we have the hadith about the person who killed 99 persons...

I want you to realize something. Whether you had spent the last 20 years praying nonstop or if you had prayed for 500 hundred years nonstop, you would still not deserve jannah.

Huh? You’re probably thinking, what the heck? How is that comforting me?

Well, here’s the thing. Realize that your deeds alone would never get you to jannah. Take a look at this hadith:

The Prophet, Sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam advised: "Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and rejoice, for no one's good deeds will put him in Paradise." The Companions asked, "Not even you O Messenger of Allaah?" He replied. "Not even me unless Allaah bestows His pardon and mercy on me."

So there you have it. It is His Mercy that you have to seek. (Xahu is right that our deeds show our commitment and piety and that it's a combination of our hearts and deeds). The point now is that so what if you messed up in the past? Does that erase his Mercy? No, it doesn’t. His Mercy is still there.

Just ask for it. Yes. Ask for it. Make dua. That's the key thing :)

Nishana is right about shedding 'one tear' :) That could be your ticket to paradise.

If I had one day to live, besides what has been written, I would go and help my mother and do whatever she wanted me to do. Mothers are sooo important, right.

Also, I love the idea of helping to build an Islamic library and I would try to teach a little kid to pray.

I would try to bring a gift/ make a Muslim happy:
The Prophet (sallah Allahoo alyhee wa salam) said: "The most loved people to Allah are the most beneficial, the most loved deeds to Allah the Exalted are making a Muslim happy, revealing his sorrow, paying his debt, or revealing his hunger, and that I'd prefer to help my Muslim brother who is in need of something than staying in this mosque for praying (I'tikaf) for a month…”

Little Auntie August 12, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

Most important:

I would make my intention that I 'wanted' to pray on time/ etc. forever....not for the 'little' time I had left.

Remember, our intentions count so much!

It was narrated from Sahl ibn Hunayf (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever sincerely asks Allaah for martyrdom, Allaah will cause him to attain the status of the martyrs, even if he dies in his bed.” Narrated by Muslim, 1909.

I would just sit down and 'intend' to do as many things as possible...

That takes ^a lot of 'heart work' though, but I would try as much as possible to be sincere. To ask for shahada.

I would also ask someone to do Hajj for me- if I hadn't already done it- and also pay money for a poor Muslim to do it...

And visitor- read this:

Anonymous,  August 13, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

every comment worths to read!
If I can add sth new,
I want to suggest my family learn about Islam. hopefully they will convert too. :)
Still cannot do that out of shyness and fear to be rejected :s

Anonymous,  August 13, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

Assalamu alaikum

I reckon sisters have covered most points. The only piece of advice I would give is to repent from the heart from all sins but to really focus on eliminating shirk. This is a biggie and Allah has clearly said he would forgive all sins but shirk (unless you repent for this) it's not an automatic waiver I'm afraid - you have to ask Allah for this tc :)

Unknown August 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

Assalamu Alakium waramtallahi wabaraktu! WOW, masha'Allah! I love your blog! Way better than mine, hehe! Keep up this great work! May Allah (subbhana wa tala) reward you for your good deeds! Ramadan Mubarak from your Muslim sister, Yasmeen in the USA! May Allah (subbhana wa tala) accept your fasts and bless you and your family with good health and iman!


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