We Will Be Held Accountable….
Contemplation reminds us the blessings and the accountability in the Hereafter. The person who looks at this universe without contemplation tries to own transient blessings of this world. Whereas, this means trying to drink water from a mirage. Moreover, because all the blessings of this world are materials for the test, if it is something prohibited it causes torment and if it is something permissible, it causes to be held accountable. For this reason, Chapter al-Takasur (102) starts with the sickness of boasting, then turns the attention to the Hereafter and ends with the following warning:
“and on that Day you will most surely be called to account for [what you did with] the boon of life!” (al-Takathur, 102: 8)
When this verse was revealed, a very poor companion of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stood up and said:
“O Messenger of Allah! Do I have anything (that I will be accountable for)?”
Messenger of Allah (pbuh) answered by emphasizing the two blessings:
“- The shadow, two clogs and cold water.” (See al-Suyuti, VIII, 619) Let us contemplate with the key given in the answer of Messenger of Allah (pbuh):
The trees were created for us. We benefit from both their shadows and fruits. We produce wooden objects from their body. They take carbon dioxide and release oxygen. The trees function like the lungs of the world. They also provide us beautiful landscapes with their calming green and flowers in the spring. Let us contemplate, how arid, barren and unrestful place this world be without trees!
Other creatures cannot wear a shoe even if they want to. However, by using the skins of other creatures and the abilities given us by Allah, we can produce and wear various kind of shoes. They protect us from heat, cold, stones, thorns and dirt. Can we give proper thanks?
What would happen if the rain were salty like seawater, or if it included soda, acid or dirt, what would happen to us!
The most enormous blessing that we are incapable to give thanks for is to be a member of the community of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who is the leader of 124 thousand prophets. If we prostrate just for it and do not stand up from prostration as long as we live, it would not still be considered as enough and it would still be nothing…
We should contemplate on the endless blessings granted to us.
If we appreciate these blessings and give thanks to Allah for them, we will easily give account for them.
What does Allah Almighty demand from us in return to these blessings?
He wants from us to remove the lust from our heart when we enter Islam by saying “لَا إِلَهَ”.
He wants us to develop our spiritual abilities by saying “إِلَّا اللّه”. By this way our heart will be the place for reflection of the manifestations of Allah Almighty.
This will happen by sincerely accepting that the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) is the Messenger of Allah “مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللّه”. We will achieve this state by admiring his personality, and following his sunnah.
Source: The Universe, The Qur’an And The Human, Osman Nuri Topbaş, Erkam Publications