On the Day a man will flee from his brother.
And his mother and his father
And his wife and his children [Surah al-‘Abasa, 80: 34-36]
Truth be told, sisters, whenever I come across these verses I try to skim quickly through in an attempt to reduce the effect of the verse on me and thus escape terror.
As I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed today, this section of Allah subhana wa ta’alaa’s word appeared before me, and as per usual I acknowledged it but attempted to move onto the next post before the emotions sank in. I swept my thumb up and then back down, because I realized that there’s no point in running from reality. Where I bear witness that there is no God but Allah subhana wa ta’alaa, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam (may peace be upon him) is His prophet and messenger, and that the Qur’an is Allah’s divine word and the absolute truth, then I also have to fully accept this verse. And prepare for it. Because it will happen; it is Allah’s promise.
The reason these verses are so terrifying is because they tap on a very common weakness: family. Most of us cannot fathom life without our siblings, parents, partners or children. Many of us cannot fathom the crumbling of our emotional ties with such relations. A large proportion of us cannot fathom putting these relations in harm’s way before our own selves. Yet here we are told that the terror of the Day of Judgment will be such that the relations that are most dear and near to us will lose their value, lose their meaning. And that suggests utter chaos. And because we believe, we try and run away. We try and push this reality as far into the corners of the future as possible. We know the curtains of the unseen cannot block out this reality for long, yet we try and avert our eyes from it anyway.
My sisters, our faith in the One whose word is absolutely true needs to be strong enough to save us not only on that promised day, but also on any day a calamity may befall us. Try and gauge your level of faith like this: think about your weakness- a parent, friend, sibling, possession, or anything else- and then imagine being stripped of it tomorrow morning. Do you see yourself strong enough, with faith in and a connection with Allah subhana wa ta’alaa alone, to be able to overcome the loss with patience?
I don’t- not yet. And that tells me I need to work a lot on my connection with my Creator.
Because at the end of the day, everything and everyone we have right now are gifts from Allah subhana wa ta’alaa. We must cherish and honour Allah subhana wa ta’alaa ‘s gifts, but we cannot rely on them more than we rely on Him. And in shaa Allah, if we succeed in attaining that taqwa (consciousness of our Lord), Allah subhana wa ta’alaa will re-gift our treasures in Jannah as well, in the hereafter.
Look out for How to Up my Connection with Allah subhana wa ta’alaa, where you and I explore ways in which we can raise the levels on our taqwa meters, coming soon in shaa Allah.
About the Author
Ayesha is a young student of Mass Communication, and an aspiring writer and blogger. Her passions lie in da’wah, writing, education of all sorts and, typically, chocolate. Her writing, as you will find, almost always has a reflective element to it, as she uses the fingers-to-keys method to organize the workings of an overthinking mind. She writes to share with you her reflections and her learning experience.