“And you (all) will be in three kinds (i.e. separate groups).” (Al-Waqiah 56:7)
What are the three groups?
- Forerunners: Perform righteous actions; their dealings are in accordance with the Quran and the Sunnah; they seize opportunities to do good; they are proactive and do Ihsan.
- Companions of the Right: They perform righteous actions but sometimes make mistakes. However, they also realize their errors and repent.
- Companions of the Left: They deny and reject the certainty of the Akhirah, They are described in the Surah as those who indulged in affluence, and they persisted in the great violation [of denial]. Allah says: “And they used to say: “When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be resurrected? And also our forefathers?” (Al-Waqiah 56: 47-48)
To which of the three categories do you belong?
Aim to be among the forerunners, Insha’Allah. The Quran clearly defines who they are, what they do and their ultimate reward. If this is not enough motivation, then what else do we need?
At the moment, you may have some traits of the Companions of the Right and some of the Companions of the Left. You may make mistakes, realize and recognize them, and then ask for forgiveness for them. You may commit sins and indulge in the vanities of the world, forgetting the certainty of the Akhirah.
However, after reading and understanding Surat Waqiah, try to imitate some of the qualities of the forerunners, such as incorporating Sunnahs and Nawafil, trying to pray on time, and doing Ihsan. May Allah make the entire Muslim Ummah true believers, forerunners and the dwellers of Jannat-ul-Firdous! Ameen!
“When the Event (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) befalls. And there can be no denying of its befalling.” (Al-Waqiah 56:1-2)
We need to realize and implement this:
“Verily, this! This is an absolute Truth with certainty. So glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great.” (Al-Waqiah 56:95-96)