Our days and nights, months and years are based upon the orbit of the Earth around the sun. This sun is over 148km away from us but a day will come where it will be brought only 1 or 2 miles away from us. Imagine the intensity of a sun brought this close to us with a temperature of over 5000 degrees celsius and a vastness such that over a million Earths could fit inside it. We find the temporary heatwaves in this world unbearable so how would we cope with the heat and severity of a day equivalent to 50,000 years?
“The sun will be brought close to mankind on the Day of Resurrection until its distance from them will be one mile”. Then the Prophet (saw) said “Because of this, people will become submerged in sweat, the severity of which will depend on their deeds. Some will be submerged up to their ankles, others up to their knees, others up to their waists whilst others will be submerged to their jaws.” The Prophet (saw) then pointed to his mouth. [Muslim]
On this unrelenting day filled with much calamity and hardship, Allah has guaranteed His shade for 7 groups of people. The shade on this day will be provided by Allah’s arsh and this will be the only shade available on this day, it will be a form of salvation to those who are extended it. We’re constantly striving to make our lives in this dunya as comfortable for us as possible so let us also prepare ourselves for this day too by learning who these 7 groups of people are and what we can do to be amongst them bi’ithnillah.
“There are seven types of people whom Allāh will give protection with His Shade on a Day when there will be no shade except His Shade.
(1) A just ruler;
(2) a young person who grew up with the worship of Allāh;
(3) a person whose heart is attached to the mosque;
(4) two persons who love, meet and depart from each other for the sake of Allāh;
(5) a man whom a beautiful and high ranking woman seduces, but he rejects this offer by saying: ‘I fear Allāh’;
(6) a person who gives a charity and conceals it to such an extent that the left hand might not know what the right has given;
(7) and a person who remembers Allāh in privacy and his eyes weep.”
1: A Just Ruler
This first category isn’t limited solely to those in great positions of authority such as those who are leaders of countries or large nations but rather extends to any individual who is in a position of authority over people and acts justly. When in such a position, it can be so easy to be more lenient towards those with whom we have personal connections with but remembering and fearing Allah allows us to treat everyone equally. This includes not accepting bribes or taking sides and giving everyone their due rights.
“The people of justice will be given pulpits made from light. They are those who do justice in their rulings, amidst their families and in all that which they have authority over.” [Muslim]
2: The Youth Raised In The Worship of Allah
These are the people who spent their youth in the way of Allah. This time is the prime of our life and we should therefore spend it in complete submission to Allah. The people who come under this category would frequent the masjid to pray and dedicate their time to circles of knowledge and remembrance. They would surround themselves with righteous company and use their youth to serve their parents. They would give in the way of charity and use their abilities to engage in projects that work towards benefitting the community as a whole. Our desires and urges peak at this time and with the haraam being so widespread and accessible, it can be hard to stay away from them but this is why the reward for our patience is so great. We will be held accountable for how we spent our youth and it is for this reason we should spend it in servitude to our Lord with the hope of attaining His pleasure and shade.
Action point: We could make an effort to drop some change in our local masjid bucket each time we visit. We could start up projects in our community or even contribute our time and services to existing projects, this is a way to utilise our strengths to help us add benefit to our ummah. We can surround ourselves with company that encourage us to be in obedience to Allah swt, those who we gather with for the sake of Allah, and those who we feel ashamed to sin in front of.
3: A Person Whose Heart is Attached To The Masjid
Lockdown caused many of us to reflect on our relationship with the masjid. When we had full access to it, were we utilising it to the best of our abilities? Or were there so many more opportunities we could’ve taken up to spend more time in the houses of Allah? The people whose hearts are attached to the masjid are those who love to stay in the masjid to pray in congregation, recite Qur’an, make dhikr, attend halaqas and so much more.
“When a man goes out of his house to the Masjid, one foot records a good deed and the other erases a bad deed.” [Bukhari]
Action point: This category is one we can still work to come under. We can take the first step from now to amend our relationship with the masjid by taking every opportunity we can to attend congregational prayers and stay a bit longer to engage in some dhikr too.
4: Two People Who Love One Another For The Sake Of Allah
Most of the people we meet and tend to get along with best are those we feel we have much in common with, be it mutual hobbies, culture or work. However these are things that can constantly be changing and as we grow, we may find we no longer have that same love and passion for the things that once excited us. When this happens, it is completely natural that the company around us may also change as our interests evolve.
Our love for Allah is not based upon the temporary situations of this dunya, rather it transcends time and borders as it is infinite. Our love for Allah is something that can only increase so when two people unite for His cause only, it is one of the strongest and purest forms of love. These are people who care intensely for each other’s akhira, meet purely for remembrances of Allah, guide each other to good and advise against the bad in the hope of an eternal reward. On the Day of Judgement, Allah will call for those who loved each other for His sake and will shade them with His shade.
A man set out to visit a brother (in faith) in another town and Allah sent an angel on his way. When the man met the angel, the latter asked him: Where do you intend to go? He said: I intend to visit my brother in this town. The angel said: Have you done any favor to him? He said: No, I have no desire except to visit him because I love him for the sake of Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious. Thereupon the angel said: I am a messenger to you from Allah (to inform you) that Allah loves you as you love him (for His sake). [Muslim]
Action point: If you already have someone you love purely for Allah’s sake, hold onto them and tell them of your love, or reach out and find someone with the sole intention of guiding each other towards acts of good
5: A Person Who Resists A Direct Temptation From The Opposite Gender
This is the person who, when faced with the opposite gender seducing them, turns away saying they fear Allah. The opposite gender is one of the greatest fitnas for our ummah and with it being so widespread, it is one that can be so easy to fall into. However, by suppressing this desire and walking away out of fear of Allah, we realise that the shade of Allah is much more precious than any fleeting desire we may experience in this world.
Say, “I truly fear—if I were to disobey my Lord—the torment of a tremendous Day.” [39:13]
Action point: We can work towards lowering our gaze and avoiding idle talk with the opposite gender. The Prophet (saw) advised us to marry young where it is possible for us to do so.
6: A Person Who Gives Charity in Secrecy
Charity is highly encouraged and is an essential part of our faith. The Prophet saw told us that charity does not decrease wealth in the slightest, rather it will result in an exponential reward:
The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies the reward even more to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing [2:261]
Parting with our wealth can be difficult for us especially when we feel as though we put in a lot of effort to earn it, however when we recognise our wealth is only a blessing from Allah, it is only correct that we spend it in His cause. Giving charity in private purifies our intentions and is a cause for Allah to expiate some of our sins.
Action point: The most beloved deeds to Allah are those that are consistent even if they are small so we can aim to set aside a small daily amount to give in charity, with the sole intention of earning Allah’s pleasure and His shade on that day where there will be no shade but His. One of the ways we could do this is via sharethemeal app, which allows you to give to charity on a consistent basis.
7: A Person Who Remembers Allah in Private and Weeps
How many of our deeds do we do publicly? How many are kept private? Are we as motivated to do good behind closed doors as we are when out in the public eye? Reflecting upon these questions may encourage us to revisit our intentions and think about the purpose of our actions. When secluded, it becomes much easier for us to drop our guard and fall into actions that aren’t beneficial to us but when we have that taqwa (God-consciousness) and are aware that Allah is All-Seeing and All-Hearing, we become much more conscious of our actions. The more we worship Allah in private, the deeper our eman grows and the deeper our sincerity. When inevitably faced with trials and tribulations, the foundations of sincerity and eman we have cultivated will put us in a much stronger position to stand firm bi’thnillah.
Action point: By knowing who Allah is and being aware of His qualities and attributes, our taqwa will grow and we will be much more mindful of our actions. This comes from us taking the time to reflect on His names and being aware of them in the different aspects of our life, we can start by making the intention to learn just 1 name per week and seeing all the different ways it manifests in our lives.