Be Amongst Those Shaded On Judgement Day


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Umme Muhammad has been a freelance writer for 15 years, writing mostly Islamic articles on parenting, family life, and Seerah. She pens short Islamic moral stories for elders and children as well. She is currently based in India.

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shadeSinful and erroneous as we are, how can we obtain Allah’s (swt) shade on the Day of Judgement? Only those who are elite and closer to Allah (swt) can be shaded along with those whom Allah (swt) wills. So where do we stand? Do we stop performing deeds? Or do we leave the daily life and seclude ourselves for the Ibadah to gain His proximity and thus, acquire Allah’s (swt) shade on the Day of Judgement?

The severity of the Day of Judgement in the Quran

“That Day shall a man flee from his brother, and from his mother and his father, and from his wife and his children.” (Abasa 80:34-36)

“Verily, those who disbelieved, and died while they were disbelievers, the (whole) earth full of gold will not be accepted from anyone of them even if they offered it as a ransom. For them is a painful torment and they will have no helpers.” (Al-Imran 3:91)

“Friends on that Day will be foes to one another except Al-Muttaqun.” (Az-Zukhruf 43:67)

Imagine being re-united with your wives, children, parents, brothers, sisters and friends, after thousands of years and running away from each other. There will be a degree of enmity such that the friends, who were trusted and relied upon, will turn into foes.

The severity in the Ahadeeth

“On the Day of Resurrection, the sun would draw so close to the people that there would be left a distance of only one mile. The people will be submerged in perspiration according to their deeds: some up to their ankles, some up to their knees, some up to the waist and some would have the bridle of perspiration (and, while saying this, the Messenger of Allah [sa] put his hand towards his mouth).” (Muslim)

Imagine being re-united with your wives, children, parents, brothers, sisters and friends, after thousands of years and running away from each other. There will be a degree of enmity such that the friends, who were trusted and relied upon, will turn into foes.

This shows the severity of the Day of Judgement. Imagine the hunger, the thirst, the pain, and the chaos; how helpless each one of us will be. Aisha bint Abu Bakr (rta)
heard the Messenger of Allah (sa) say: “Mankind will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection, barefoot, naked and uncircumcised.” She said: “O Messenger of Allah, men and women together, looking at one another?” He said: “O Aisha, it will be too distressing for them to be looking at one another.” (Mishkat Al-Masabeeh)

A Solace: Seven will be Shaded

Allah (swt) will shade seven types of people on the Day of Judgement.

According to a Hadeeth, Abu Hurairah (rta) reported that Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “Seven are (the persons) whom Allah (swt) will shade under His Throne on the Day, when there would be no shade other than His Throne’s Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshipping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah (swt); a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces for illicit relation, but he rejects this offer by saying: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Everything in Islam has practical and logical answers to its teachings; so these should be applicable in some way to our lives too. Let’s analyze whether we can be among them and save ourselves from the scorching heat, perspiration and thirst of the Day of Reckoning.

  1. A just ruler: These are rulers who rule over nations, cities, villages, tribes or even communities or families. Every family has a head and mostly, it is the father. However, the ruling is divided amongst both the parents. Each person who gets to be a ruler even over a family and he deals justly would be amongst those in the Shade of Allah’s (swt) Throne.
  2. A youth who grew up worshipping Allah (swt): Those of us, who are still young, can start worshipping Allah (swt); those who have crossed the age of youth can guide some youth towards guidance or repentance. Insha’Allah all his deeds would reach Allah (swt) and hopefully, he will achieve the Shade on the Last Day
  3. A man whose heart is attached to the Masjid: This means his heart is attached either in offering Salah or waiting for the Salah to begin, and also in Dhikr and reading the Quran. Also, this includes women who offer Salah as soon as the Adhan is called and spend their time in Dhikr and reading Quran. Each one of us can strive to enjoy these acts of worship, which most of us do unwillingly or just to shed off a burden. If we do these acts willingly, with our hearts attached to them, they would help us get shaded on the Day of Judgement.
  4. Two persons, who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah (swt): Our purpose of meeting sometimes is for the sake of the Dunya. For example, Nikah or any other gathering. But we must intend that we are going to meet only for the sake of Allah (swt) and will invite towards good and righteousness whomsoever we meet. And we will forbid people from wrong, so that we fulfill the commandment of Allah (swt) from Surah Al-Asr, and not be in loss. It is the Sunnah of Prophet (sa) to say: “I love you for the sake of Allah (swt)” (Inni Uhibbuka Fillah) when he loved someone. So, we can revive this Sunnah amongst our family members and spouses. We are, first of all, slaves of Allah (swt), then the Ummah of Prophet (sa) and then family or relatives or colleagues.                             

     Those of us, who are still young, can start worshipping Allah (swt); those who have crossed the age of youth can guide some youth towards guidance or repentance. 

  5. A man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation) but he (rejects this offer by saying): “I fear Allah (swt)”: This means that a practicing Muslim, even if his gaze falls on the feet of a woman, should turn his face and say to himself: “Fear Allah (swt)!” Similarly, in offices or in the neighborhood, if any men or women try to talk more than necessary, immediately withdraw from such conversations reminding yourself to: “Fear Allah (swt)!” Also fear Allah (swt) on social media websites; keep pure and save the Shade for yourself, Insha’Allah.
  6. A man who gives in charity and conceals it to such an extent that the left hand does not know what the right has given: These days, charity is given to be known and shown. We should conceal the deeds so much that no one knows where our charity money is sent. Many pious predecessors would go to remote villages at night and give charity. Only after their death would it be known that these pious people hid their charity. Hence, we should conceal our charity also and thus, gain the Shade.
  7. A person who remembers Allah (swt) in solitude and his eyes well up: This is to be practiced by all of us. When in solitude, what do we remember the most? Do we indulge in sin or do we call our friends or do we sleep away? We should wake up and turn to our Lord, Allah (swt), the Most Merciful, Who loves us more than seventy mothers; He gave us this solitude to connect with Him, to gain proximity towards Him, and ultimately be Shaded. He surely does want each one of us to be shaded; He made this writer write and made each one of us read it so that we are shaded on the Day of Judgement.

May Allah (swt) enable us to remain shaded on the Day of Judgement! Ameen!

  1. Jazakumullah khair for the informative article. It would be interesting to have a follow up to the article about the state of people who do good on the day of judgement. I have always been curious whether there will be people who will be free of fear on that day…

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