It’s all about your endgame!

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Imam Abu Ja’far At-Tahawi (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy on him) (d. 321 H — 935 CE) said in his book “Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”:

“And actions are judged by (a people’s) endings.”

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzan (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) said in his explanation of the book: A person should not rely upon his actions, even if he is the most righteous of people; rather, he should fear an evil ending. No one should pass judgement that someone is from the inhabitants of the Hellfire, due to the abundance of their actions, because no one knows how he will end. The Hadeeth of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that was narrated by Ibn Mas’ood, “The way that each of you is created is that you are gathered in your mother’s womb for forty days as a sperm-drop and then for a similar length of time as a blood-clot and then for a similar length of time as a lump of flesh. Then an angel is sent and he breathes the spirit into you and is encharged with four commandments: to write down your provision, your life-span, your actions, and whether you will be wretched or happy. By Him, apart from Whom there is no god, one of you can do the actions of someone destined for the Garden until there is only an armspan between him and it, and then what is written will overtake him and he will do the actions of someone destined for the Fire and enter it. And one of you can do the actions of someone destined for the Fire until there is only an armspan between him and it, and then what is written will overtake him and he will do the actions of someone destined for the Garden and enter it.” [Agreed upon — Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, a person should fear an evil ending. Additionally, not pass judgment that anyone is going to have an evil ending because he doesn’t know how that person will end. Towbah (repentance) wipes away that which comes before it.

“Say to those who have disbelieved [that] if they cease, what has previously occurred will be forgiven for them.” [Surah Al-Anfal (8) : 38]

So, actions are judged by the ending. But from Allah’s generosity ‘azza wa jal (Mighty and Majestic) to his worshipers is that whosoever lived upon goodness then (Allah) will complete (his life) for him upon goodness. Likewise, whosoever lived upon transgression (Allah) will complete (his life) upon transgression. With that, it is upon a person to take proper means and have good thoughts about Allah ‘azza wa jal.

Some people say, “I’ll repent before I die.” We respond to them with: do you know when you’ll die? It’s possible that you’ll die at a time when it isn’t possible to make towbah. Also, you don’t know if the towbah will be accepted, because towbah has conditions.

Taken from: ” التعليقات الميسر على متن العقيدة الطحاوية — A brief  commentary on the text Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”, page 110-111

 

I ask Allah to make us from amongst those who have a good pious ending and constantly remember to make towbah for our sins!

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

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