…and Allah is not playing with us.” So why are we playing with him? Why do we take the wrath of Allah lightly? Do we think we are invincible? Allah (SWT) warns us in the Qur’an of this dangerous game that we play when he says:
وَٱلۡعَصۡرِ (١) إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسۡرٍ (٢) إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ (٣)
“By Al’ Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.” (103:1-3)
Allah swears by time, so you know this is a serious matter. We are all a people lost. If we aren’t conscious of our deeds, know that surely Allah is. Speaking from experience I know it’s easy to lose track of yourself. It may be your intention to perform a good deed fisibilillah, but you end up sidetracked. The Shaytan presents you with a matter that is more pressing. This happens to me more than I should like to admit. I make plans to sit and read Qur’an, then I remember that thing I have to do. Or maybe I’ll have plans to devote some time to studying Arabic, but I can’t seem to free myself from the overly consuming tasks that clutter my day. This is a vicious cycle that needs to be put to death.
We know that we do not control time. Yet we walk around donning S’s on our chests thinking that we can avoid our outcome. This simply isn’t true. Perhaps you meet death with the very next step you take. Are you prepared? Have you utilized this loan of time, that Allah has given you out of his mercy, to the best of your abilities. Like our Prophet (SAW) said: “What have you prepared for it?” It being the Day when you will stand in front of your maker. Did you really worship your Lord the way he should be worshipped? Or were you just playing around? Taking your deen for a joke. To impart the words of a local Imam- “the deen is not a game, and Allah is not playing with us.” This serves as a reminder for myself to dedicate the hours of my day to what is more beneficial to me, dhikr Allah. My last breath could escape my body at anytime. Trust me I want to be prepared.
(Quote taken from the Jumua khutba given by brother Aqueel Ingram, the Imam of Dar ul Hadeeth, in Washington, D.C.)