FIVE QUESTIONS

Peace be upon you my dear brothers and sisters. Thank you for visiting this site as we together try to become better muslims. I would like to acknowledge the request of a dear reader to make posts longer as she enjoys reading even though i intentionally make it short hoping readers would manage to get to the end.
My inspiration for today’s topic is my forthcoming exams. I wish so badly that I would be granted a sneak peek on the questions I would be asked. That would be awesome! If that would happen I would just master the exam questions and one thing is for sure, I’ll definitely pass. So that’s the scenario of this dunya. We do not know what the exam questions would be but never the less we prepare day and night….because we know there will be an exam on an announced date. Now the day of qiyama, we very well know that it would take place, we do not know the date and thus a reason to be prepared always but amazingly we have the questions out of Allaah’s mercy.
It would thus be a shame to fail. But look at us, how ignorant we are. Dear sons of Adam, dear muslims what are we doing? Imagine the day when all of mankind and jinn will be gathered before Allaah az zawajal. Imagine your name is called to account for your deeds. Even if you did well the tension on that day would be unbearable. How much more of a wrongdoer? Worse on, a muslim who has failed in obeying! We are all sinners that can be forgiven because our Lord is a Lord of mercy.
Compare the length of life on this earth to that of the hereafter. Its a case of a moment against that of infinity. Is it really worth it? Abandon that which won’t benefit you for that which would. Goodluck in revising the five questions that hold the key to your eternity.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The first thing among their deeds for which the people will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be prayer. Our Lord will say to His angels, although He knows best, ‘Look at My slave’s prayer, is it complete or lacking?’ If it is complete, it will be recorded as complete, but if it is lacking, He will say, ‘Look and see whether my slave did any voluntary (naafil) prayers.’ If he had done voluntary prayers, He will say, ‘Complete the obligatory prayers of My slave from his voluntary prayers.’ Then the rest of his deeds will be examined in a similar manner.” 

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 864; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 770). 

“A time will come upon people that a man will no longer care about whether he gets his money by halaal or haraam means.” (Al-Bukhaaree).

“It is unlawful for a Muslim to sell a defective ware to his brother without exposing the defect to him.”

“Whoever wrongfully takes possession of the right of a Muslim by (false) oath, Allaah has made the Hell his abode and has forbidden him Paradise.” A man then asked: ‘Even if it is an insignificant thing?’ The Prophet saws replied: “Even if it is (as insignicant as) a stick of Araak (a tree from which branches tooth cleaning sticks are plucked)”.

He said: ‘O (you) Messengers! eat of the Taiyibat [all kinds of Halal (legal) foods which Allaah has made legal (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk produts, fats, vegitables, fruits, etc.)], and do righteous deeds.’ (Al-Mu’minun 23:51).

“But teach (the Message): for teaching benefits the Believers.”  (51:55)

Say (O Muhammad):  “This is my Way; I do invite unto Allah with a certain knowledge.”  I and whoever follows me (must also invite others to Allah, Oneness of Allah with sure knowledge). Glory to Allah! and I am not of the polytheists.”  (12: 108)

Abdullah bin Umar (radhiallahu anhu)  narrated  that Allah’s  Messenger(Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)  said, “Do not wish to be like anybody except in two cases: The case of a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way; and that of a man whom Allah has given religious wisdom (i.e., Qur’an and Sunnah) and he gives his verdicts according to it, and teaches it to others.”   (Bukhari  9/419 and 6/543)

Abdullah ibn Abbas (radhiallahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s  Messenger (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Acquiring knowledge in company for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer.”  (Tirmidhi 256)

Rasul Allaah (SAW) said, “The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the Day of Judgement until he is asked about five (matters):
1. Concerning his life – how he spent it;
2. About his youth – how he took care of it;
3. About his wealth – how he earned it;
4. Where he spent it and;
5. About that which he acted upon from the knowledge he acquired.” [Tirmidhi]

POEM TITLE: FIVE QUESTIONS
Five questions I have to answer
As I rehearse I begin to stutter
From the start of my recall I perceive lapses
And before I reach a verdict fear grabs me and I keep shut
As I further question myself within these five questions
I playback the reality of my time spent
O my Dear Allaah please guide me
Before I get ceased and wish I had better answers…

My life …
My Allaah you granted me so much time
Given to me not in seconds but in years
Was the sunnah my way or did I push it away?
Who were my icons, sahabas or celebrities?
Have I achieved or did I let myself to be deceived?
Was I consumed in deviance?
Or did I consume myself in your remembrance?
Alerted by the adhan or hypnotized by western doctrine?
Did I rush to prostrate to You or rush through prostrations to leave You?
Were my manners right, giving importance to my parents’ delight?
Did I practice the shahadah or adopted practices far from this order?
Did I spend my life well? O Allaah will I pass?

My youth…
My Allaah You granted me the chance to reach my youth
Given to me not in sickness but in health
Devoid of all deformity but did I use my abilities well?
Did I walk to the masjid when you granted my limbs strength?
Was I deceived by vitality to have lost all morality?
Was I a lost youth misleading and refusing guidance?
Who did I follow, preachers or singers?
This phase of vigor, did I exhaust it well?
Did I strive or stray in trying to please You?
And when I faltered, did I repent or persist in my sinning?
Have I wasted my time or sacrificed for the hereafter?
Did I use my youth well? O Allaah will I pass?

My earning…
My Allaah You granted me sustenance
Opened doors of provision and chances for enrichment
Was I blinded by currencies or conscious of its sources?
Knowing I would account someday, did that regulate my earning?
Did I receive to accumulate or disseminate for blessings?
And when I did earn, did I deserve it at all times?
Or was I just a glutton in consumption of all kinds?
Was it the halal of another man given to me in dishonesty?
Or did I reject appeals favored by such circumstance?
When interests topped, did I deduct?
Or did I disregard in ignorance thinking it was right?
Did I earn clean wealth? O Allaah will I pass?

My spending…
My Allaah You granted me resources
I have eaten to fullness and worn outfits with adornments
Was charity my worry or did I deem zakkah not worthy?
What did my hands give in bribery or in show?
Did I refrain from the needy or stretched my help to the orphans?
And if I did give, what did I invest in?
In sadaqatul jariya or in musings of seeds of jahannam?
Did I waste in extravagance?
Or controlled the urge to do such?
Did I supplement the poor to be enriched for tomorrow?
Where has my wealth gone? What did I spend on?
Did I spend in good? O Allaah will I pass?

My knowledge…
My Allaah you granted me knowledge
Not in questions without answers, but in answers without doubt
But my learning I did postpone and my teaching I did delay.
So many Hadiths to propagate if only I mastered them
Did I believe their teachings or supported some novelty?
What books did I open, what pages did I flip?
And when I spoke to reference, what was my source?
Words from the Quran or of best seller novelists?
Did I read them all or fiction was my preference?
And while I watched some seek in Your name did I rush to compete?
Or did I lay back thinking my purpose was complete?
Did I learn and teach right? O Allaah will I pass?

Oh you who believe, have the taqwa of Allah, and let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow (Q 59:18).

May Allaah forgive the errors in this post. Amin.
In sha Allaah to resume posting soon.

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38 thoughts on “FIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Ayesha baba kyari says:

    Amen dear. Jazaakillahu khairan. I wish u d very best in ur 2 igzams…..here n hereafter. May we all b guided..amen summa amen

  2. Hafsat Eedris says:

    Salam…. May Allahs Mercy be on us all! I alwaiz look 4ward to reading a piece 4m u. Nice one Dear. Jazakallah khayr.

  3. Bin Hamman says:

    Indeed touching questions that must be answered………may we be among lucky ones that will pass d exam in hearafter with distinction. Jazakallah.

  4. Bin Hamman says:

    Indeed touching questions that must be answered………may we be among lucky ones that will pass d exam here in hearafter with distinction. Jazakallah.

  5. muinat says:

    Allahu Akbar kabira. May اللَّهُ (Swt) reward U̶̲̥̅̊ as U̶̲̥̅̊ remind us of HIM,may HE fulfill 4 U̶̲̥̅̊ (and me + us all) d purpose of ur inspiration. آمــــــــــين
    May Allah 4give us all ή grant us grant us ϑ best in dis world ή ϑ hereafter.جزاك الله خيرا sis Ayeesha 4 اللَّهُ (SWT) will continue 2 bless U̶̲̥̅̊ abundantly.آمــــــــــين

  6. usman Ahmed says:

    Masha Allah,I am just short of words,I love everything I have just read,honestly after reading and pondering this,one definately knws that we are at loss and in denial of the apparent.May Allah forgive us all.Thank you Aisha you are an Inspiration.

  7. zainab M.Y says:

    Allahu Akhbar!Indeed man is in the state of lost. May ALLAH forgive us our shortcomings, guide and protect u! You are indeed an inspiration, I pray to Allah to bless you and increase u in knowledge. Twas really a 9c piece

  8. hajarah Ameen G says:

    Ma sha Allah…….that’s a gud one………may Allah(SWT)give us d courage nd ability to succeed here nd the here after.And may we be the followers of the preachers nd not the singers.may He guide us to follow the sunnah nd not our hearts.may every actions of ours portray ISLAM.ameen……..gud woman……..

  9. halima Dalil says:

    As always we are reminded that indeed this life, this world is fleeting…may we be amongst those who are rightly guided..Amin..Allah Ya ba da sa’a in ur upcoming exams luv..Allah Ya ba da lada..Amin.

  10. khady says:

    Ya Allah, indeed we r at lost! 4giv us, hav mercy on us & guide us 2 d rite path Ya Rabbal Alamin! Its a very beautiful, life touchin piece, Ma’ma may Allah increase ur knowledge both sides & us ol 2geda. U r an inspiration! Jazakumullah! Peace onto um

  11. Ameen!!!
    SubhanAllah..I have no words for your poetry.. I love it..
    I think I’m gonna take a printout of it and stick it up in my room!..
    Such an amazing post mashaAllah!

    This line in particular pierced me “Did I rush to prostrate to You or rush through prostrations to leave You?”.. I am guilty of doing this sometimes =(

    SUbhanAllah..there are soo many things we take for granted..and Allah swt sends sooo many reminders…this post being one such reminder!
    jazakallah khair for this reminder!

    • Salaam. Thank u Nasmira. Glad u enjoyed it. The great thing is Allaah forgives us when we ask Him sincerely. Indeed we have our lapses.
      I appreciate ur comment.Spread the khair!! May Allaah bless u. Ameen. 🙂 1 lv.

  12. Mrs Jameela kabir Yusuf Tanko says:

    Allaahu Akbar, I’m so touched by this post and I feel guilty. My Allah Forgive us all for our errors and negligence….

  13. Fawziyyah S says:

    Jazakillahu Khairan for dis beautiful reminder.May Allah guide us aright,protect us 4rm forgettn d reason we were created and may He make us inhabitants of Jannah,ameen

  14. Yakori Mohammed says:

    This is such an evocative piece. A reflection on ones life and achievements as an individual, believer and to the whole of mankind. As expected best use of words to convey the exotic but mundane thoughts we need to ponder about invariably. I loved the ‘5 questions’. Puts one in guage to weigh the potentials of ones purpose in life.

    Starting with ‘Life’, that’s the threshold to set our objective in life. What we want to be, what need to be done to achieve that purpose, how we choose to be refered and the impace we exude to those around. The outcome of those will summarise our life to us. And let’s keep our families in high regards and esteem. Nothing can be achieved without our parents blessings. And all efforts possible because of his will and might; Ya-Allah, Praise and Glory be to you.

    Next ‘Youth’, in the journey of mans life. From the womb to birth, a toddler to a kid, teenager to an adult. Those are the phases of our growth. When we reach our adult stage, we’re brewing with youthful vigour ‘exuberance’. We have ideas and dreams we want to mount and make it grow. We want to become established and wealthy. All these are already been laid out by The Almighty and its possibilities are limitless. Let’s always remember “He said ‘kun fa ya kun’ ‘be and it shall be’ “. So at that point we shouldn’t be carried away by worldy desires and be disdained God. Let’s uphold the teachings of the Qur’an and Hadith to the best of our ability.

    Then ‘Earning’, God made it an elementary neccessity to honour us with a means to sustain our source of livelihood. With our aims met and laid out to our own requirements and needs. We tend to improvise and integrated that into our living. Thus we awarded ourselves with a means of survival. All possible due to Gods generosity, love and blessings.

    Followed by ‘Spending’, with all in our possession we’re left to make sure we greatly impact onto others what God blessed us with. This is the most selfish stance in which people curl up their sleeves and let people to dwell in poverty. If with the riches accured by leaders and elites can be given out in zakat and charity. Then lives won’t be in abject wretchedness. Same also goes to the ordinary man hustling to make ends meet. As such our communities will also be a habitable place to be in always. Let’s live a life worthy of emulation by all.

    Lastly ‘Knowledge’, its important during our lifetime to ensure that we instill ourselves with the knowledge from our holy book; Qur’an. As well as normal education that children are enrolled from a toddler stage till adulthood. Its the most imperative that people endeavour to make it a must to learn the Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh e.t.c.. We live to worship The Creator of the heavens and earth. And what best way than to learn that than to teach ourselves and the minors. May we adhere to the divine scriptures that we’re conformed to, Ameen.

    May we be steadfast in our ibadah and prayers to achieve all we ought to achieve in our lives and implement it into a good course. Thus to be amongst the choosen ones in the hereafter. Ammen ya rabbi. Bless you dearie.. 🙂

  15. Yakori Moh'd says:

    Such an evocative write-up and poem. Its a reflection of ones purpose in life. Well thought out and words choosen perfectly to portray a profound message on our creed. Your medium of conveyance of message is done through simple attributes of your wordings. May Gods upmost blessings clad you always.
    You delved into the deep recess base of an individuals existence. With the combo of life, youth, earning, spending and knowledge. You stroked the imperative aspects needed to be pondered about our lives.

    Life:
    Life throws that threshold to further accure ones objective in life. A focus on what you want to achieve and how you ought to go about it and what impact it’ll exude to those around you. We all have our needs and requirements in life. We need to set out on a spree to realise the dreams to fruition. May we be steadfast in our ibadah, hence realising our goals.

    Youth:
    In our stage of growth as a being, we go through stages. Starting from conception to birth, toddler to kid, and teenager to an adult. This has already been laid out by God as an elementary phase in every humans growth. All that is possible because of his mighty and immense power over all living entities. All praise and glory be to him.

    Earning:
    This is the means of our sustenance which can be accured through determination, diligence, perseverance, will and the fear of God. We all have our medium of livelihood which differs from everyone. Its left to all to set out on that path which will spark that to realism. We all have diverse ways to cater for our needs. What works for ‘x’ won’t work for ‘y’. Let’s all look for our fated vocation and grow to an exalted peak. Such possibility lies with our One and Only Creator; Ya-Allah.

    Spending:
    This is the most difficult of all stance in our lives. People amass foaming wealth with little or no gratitude to bless the needy. If our leaders and elites will always give a percentage of their income/riches to the masses. Poverty will be alleviated and people will find it comforting and hopeful to dwell in our societies. However, that’s not the case unfortunately. May each and everyone has a change of heart and do the right thing to curb abject wretchedness. With God all things are possible, let’s not incur his wrath.

    Lastly, Knowledge:
    As we all know we’re created for a purpose on earth. To worship our creator, God. He alone is to be served. So its imperative that we instill the Qur’anic education upon ourselves. From them minors to adults. That’s how we can salvate ourselves from worldly desires and the pangs of hellfire. It’s the only way we’ll find favour in the eyes of God.

    We shouldn’t forget that it’s most important to be good and respectful to our parents in all we do. Their prayers and blessings is of great importance to us. We shouldn’t err to them. May we all be steadfast in our ibadah so as to be in the presence of The Almighty on the final day of reckoning. Great piece. Jazakallah..

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