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Aqeedah comes First, The Account And The Scales

The Reading of Records (al-Qiraah), the account for deeds (al-Hisaab and the Weighing of deeds on the Scale (al-Meezaan) are part of the events of the Day 0 f Resurrection as established in the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); and as understood and transmitted by the Pious Predecessors (may Allaah be pleased with them), AI-Qiraah (The Reading) Allaah says:

 "But verily, over you (are appointed angels in charge of mankind) to watch you, Kiraaman (honorable) Kaatibeen writing down (your deeds). They know all that you do." (Q 82: 10-12).

Based on this verse, and so many others in the Qur'aan, it is established that the angels of Allaah are commissioned to keep records of whatever we say or do. These records shall be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection for man to see and read for himself what he earned for himself. About this Allaah says,

"And We have fastened every man's deeds to his neck, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a book which he will find wide open. (It will be said to him): 'Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as reckoner against you this Day.'" (Q 17: 13-14). 

While those who will be successful (may Allaah make us be amongst them, Aameen) will find all their deeds well recorded and shall receive their books in their right hand, the doomed will' also find his/her unbelief and disobedience well documented and they shall receive their books in their left hands from behind their backs. Concerning this Allaah says, 

"Then as for him who'will be given his Record in his right hand will say (to the people): 'Take,read my Record! Surely, I did believe that I shall meet' my Account So he shall be in a life, well pleasing. But as for him who will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: '1 wish that I had not been given my Recordl And that I had never known how my Account is? (Q69:25-26).

 

AI Hisaab (The Account) This refers to 'the account for deeds that shall take place on the Day of Resurrection concerning which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

 "There is none who is queried concerning his accounts on the Day of Resurrection except that he is punished" (Bukhaari),

This is due to the fact that if anyone is queried concerning the details of his account, then he will surely be found wanting, This makes the account for deeds on the Day of Resurrection a dreadful event Concerning Hisaab, the Prophet. (peace and blessings be upon him) described some of the events of the Day of Judgment as was inspired to him. He said: 

 "I was told, 'These are your people and of them are seventthousand who will enter paradiswithouany hisaab nor suffering.'  

The narrator continued: 'then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stood up and went into his chamber and the people began to speculate about those who will enter paradise without any hisaab or suffering, Then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came out and asked, 'What are you discussing?' so, they told him. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

 'They are those whdo not seek Ruqya nor seek omenbut trust in their Lord. '" (Bukhaari and Muslim).

AI Meezaan (The scale) Allaah says: 

 "Then, those whose scales (of good deeds) are heavythese, they' are the successful. And those whose scales (of goodeeds) are light, they are those who lose their own selves, in Hell will they abide."(Q 23:1 02-1 03).

 Concerning this al-Imam Qurtubee said: 

"At the completion of the accounting (for deeds), there shall be the weighing of deeds. Because the weighing of deeds is to be followed with rewards, it is necessary that it (weighing of deeds) comes after the accounting for deeds. The accounting is about the report of the deeds, the weighing shows the measure (of the deeds) so that the reward is commensurate."

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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