“My best suit is out. I have my files with me. My presentation is ready. What else am I missing?” My husband pondered hard with a creased brow. I was staring at him from afar, amused at his meticulous preparation before meeting an important client. It just brought to mind, how conscious we generally are,before our meet up with someone significant or maybe someone who can bring a major change in our life.Be it a meeting with a prospective business partner, an appointment for a child’s admission into a school, a job interview or an interview for a club membership, we strive hard to make that first impression just right.
But how many times do we think of our meeting with the King of the worlds? How will it be? What will I wear? What am I going to utter? Where will it be? Will I be able to make that suave impression?
See, with people it is relatively easy because they just judge you for your veneer. They only know what is apparently produced in terms of results and reports. Thank God that they cannot read your inner fleeting thoughts. They are unaware of your real self and intentions. But Allah (swt) cannot be deceived. He knows His creation inside out. He is aware of our past as well as the future. Naturally, our effort for meeting Him should be tripled.
The Mother of the Believers Aisha (rtaf) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: ‘Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him, and whoever hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him.’ I said: ‘O Prophet of Allah, do you mean hating death, for all of us hate death?’ He said: ‘It is not like that; but when a believer is given the glad tidings of the mercy and pleasure of Allah, and His Paradise, he loves to meet Allah. And when a Kaafir is given the tidings of the wrath and punishment of Allah, he hates to meet Allah and Allah hates to meet him.’” (Bukhari)
“Some faces that Day shall be Nadirah (shining and radiant). Looking at their Lord (Allah).” (Al-Qiyaamah75:22-23)
The people of Paradise will have a gathering with their Lord every Friday, on which they will have the blessing of gazing upon His noble countenance.
Denial or Heedlessness
But among our own ranks and families there are many individuals, who seldom talk about Allah (swt). Their lifestyle choices do not depict their belief in the Day of Standing. Their vision does not perceive beyond this materialistic Duniya. The Quran repeatedly has profiled such people with stern words and a very tragic end.
“And on the Day when He shall gather (resurrect) them together, (it will be) as if they had not stayed (in the life of this world and graves) but an hour of a day. They will recognize each other. Ruined indeed will be those, who denied the Meeting with Allah and were not guided.” (Yunus 10:45)
“Verily, those who hope not for their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present world, and those who are heedless of Our Ayat. Those their abode will be fire because of what they used to earn.” (Yunus 10:7-8)
“So We leave those who expect not their meeting with Us, in their trespasses, wandering blindly in distraction.” (Yunus 10:11)
Prayer for the Ultimate Meeting
Page no.48 for Arabic Dua (precious remembrance)
“… I ask You for the delight of gazing upon Your face and the joy of meeting You, without any harm and misleading trails befalling me. O Allah, dress us with the beauty of faith and make us guides, who are upon (correct) guidance.” (An Nasai)
The face of your Lord (swt)
On the Day of Judgment, the people of Paradise will see their Lord (swt) just like they see the full moon. No one will be fighting or arguing.
The greatest thing about Jannah is not Jannah or the things inside of it. What could possibly be more than Jannah?
Quran states: “For those, who have done good, is the best (reward i.e. Paradise) and even more (i.e. having the honour of glancing at the Countenance of Allah swt). Neither darkness nor dust nor any humiliating disgrace shall cover their faces. They are the dwellers of Paradise, they will abide there in forever.” (Yunus 10:26)
And when we see the face of Allah (swt), our faces will become bright and shining. His face has been described as ‘Dhul Jalali wal ikram’. The face has been described as Al-Jalal, which means ‘magnificence and honour’. And Ikram means ‘nobility’ Anyone, who has seen Allah’s (swt) face, has been honoured beyond anyone else. Anyone, who has seen that face, has been granted nobility that no one else possesses.
A famous Hadeeth of Abu Dhar Al Ghifari (rtam) states that after the journey of Isra wa al Mairaj, the Prophet (sa) went up to a place, higher than Jibrael (as). Jibrael (as) told the Prophet (sa) that he had to continue on his own, as he was not allowed beyond that point. So the Prophet (sa) went higher than any created being has ever been. Then he came back down. Abu Dhar Al Ghifari (rta) asked him: “Oh, Messenger of Allah, did you see your Lord?” And our Prophet (sa) replied: “There was light everywhere. How could I see Him?” (Muslim)
What light was he talking about? The Prophet (sa) explains to us in another Hadeeth reported by Abu Hurairah (rtam): “Allah (swt) has taken a Hijab of Noor (light). If He were to lift that Hijab,the rays of light that come from Allah’s face would destroy everything that it sees. The beauty and radiance of Allah (swt) is so powerful that the creation cannot bear to see it. Out of mercy for the creation, Allah (swt) has veiled himself from us in this Duniya and what is His veil? His veil itself is light.
So when our Prophet (sa) went up all the way on the accession to the heavens, he saw the veil of Allah (swt).
What is a Hijab? It is to cover or envelope beauty. For Allah (swt), His Hijab is the beauty. And what’s covered is beyond imagination. What it covers is beyond what the mind can comprehend. Allah’s (swt) Hijab is light. (Muslim)
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