Ustadh: As-salaam alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu.
Talib: Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah wabarakatuhu. So what are the benefits of a Last day?
Ustadh: The benefits of the Last day are many and we shall take them one after the other. First, life and death would not have a meaning and purpose if there will be no day when the servant of Allaah will be asked to give account of his life. It would mean that Allaah created the heavens and the earth for play and joke; but we know that this is not true.
Secondly, when you believe in the last day, it will also make you " believe that Paradise and Hell- fire are homes of the hereafter that Allaah has already prepared for the people. The pious ones will enter Paradise and the wicked disbelievers will enter Hell fire.
Thirdly, this belief will make you do acts of obedience to Allaah whether you are in front of tile people or not, since you know that you will be rewarded for them. The rewards will be so great that in this life, you cannot imagine them.
Fourthly, it will make you move away from committing sins, since you know that one day, all your deeds will be looked at.
Fifthly, it will give the people, especially the believers, comfort, joy and happiness no matter the difficulties that they might be facing in this life. They think about the good things Allaah has prepared for them in Paradise and they become happy.
Lastly, the belief in the Last Day serves as a warning to those who have been given the good things of this life; who instead of using to serve Allaah chose the evil way and do not worship Allaah as a Muslim to repent before this Day! There are still other benefits, but we stop here for now.
Talib: I understand these benefits, thank you Ustadh; but are there other reasons why we should believe in the Last Day?
Ustadh: Yes! We should believe in it because only the unbelievers in Allaah and His Prophet do not believe that this day is real and that it will happen. There is a verse that will help you to understand what I am saying. In it Allaah says: "And Allaah created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the idea of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve from the fire." (Saad : 27)
In another" verse He says, "The Mosques of Allah shall be maintained only by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day; perform As-Salat (lqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and fear none but Allah. /t is they who are expected to be on true guidance. "(Tawbah: 18)
Talib: Alhamdulillaah! I have learnt about this day and I know that thinking of it alone will certainly keep me on my toes.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited