Have you prepared your witnesses?
Allah SWT says:
وَأَشْرَقَتِ الْأَرْضُ بِنُورِ رَبِّهَا وَوُضِعَ الْكِتَابُ وَجِيءَ بِالنَّبِيِّينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَقُضِيَ بَيْنَهُمْ بِالْحَقِّ وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ
And the earth will shine with the light of its Lord, and the record [of deeds] will be placed, and the prophets and the witnesses will be brought, and it will be judged between them in truth, and they will not be wronged. 39:69
On that day when we are all gathered Allah SWT will call our Prophets and all the witnesses to testify for or against us.
Prophet Mohmmad PBUH will stand before us and testify that he taught us everything and left us with a complete guide and a straight path, he will testify that you and I have no excuse to not pray on time, no excuse to not read the Quran and understand it, no excuse to not wear the Hijaab, no excuse to not lowering our gaze, no excuse to eating Reba (Interest) and simply no excuse to not following the Quran and sunnah fully with no excuses, he created us so he knows the best method for us……What will be our situation then!!?
And the witnesses!!!
Make sure you have lots of witnesses on that day if you really want to make it through.
But who are the witnesses?
The witnesses are not necessarily the people around you because if you work hard to have them be your witnesses you might end up in Reya’a (Show off) wal eyathu biLLAH.
Your witness is the sa-ja’dah (prayer matt) which you have placed in a corner in your room and you wake up to it every night for qeyamulail just to ask Allah for his forgiveness and his blessings.
Your witness is a poor person you did not know but you helped with a few dollars or shillings.
Your witness is a dead person you knew or did not know whom you prayed for Rahma and forgivness.
Your witness is that Mus-haf (Quran) which you have up on a shelve, is it going to say I was collecting dust or will it testify that you were reading it every single day and trying your best to understand the message?
Your witness is (Al Zahrawain) surat Al Baqarah and Aal Imran.
The Prophet PBUH said: Recite the Quran as it helps the reader to come on the Day of Judgement. Read Zahrawain, namely Surah al-Baqarah and Aali-Imran, because they will come on the Day of Resurrection like two clouds will overshadow its readers or as two groups of birds in flight in the goal to defend its readers. (Sahih Muslim)
Your witness is your tongue which you made say a lot of good, kind and encouraging words or maybe tortured it by forcing it to gossip and eat the flesh of dead people.
Your witness is your eyes which you guarded not to look at what is haram just because you know no one is there but he is indeed watching.
Your witnesses are those fingers which you use to do tasbeeh every single day.
Your witness is a brother or a sister who found the right path through a reminder from you, a talk or message or a video.
Your witness is your child who grows learning to pray, read Quran and love their deen.
Your witnesses are the pigeons or the cats whom you fed just because they are the creatures of Allah and because you want every chance for reward.
Your witness is an orphan whom you put a smile on their face on any day not just on Eid day.
Your witness is a sick person who needed help financially and you didn’t have much but you helped them because you remembered the hadith of the Prophet PBUH: He who relieves the hardship of a believer in this world, Allah will relieve his hardship on the Day of Judgment.
Your witness is a friend you helped in a difficult situation without expecting anything from them.
Your witness is a poor worker whom you gave a cold drink on a hot day.
Your witness is the athaan which you hear and repeat every day five times….or were you busy talking!!?
Your witness is your spouse whom you treated with kindness and took chances to put a smile on their face just for the sake of Allah SWT.
Your witnesse is your computer and what you do with it, your profile and what you post on it. You don’t know how many people will be affected by it in a good or a negative way….remember it’s a chain and it continues.
Your witness is a masjid which you donated to build or repair for people to pray comfortably and worship Allah.
And the list goes on but above all is our main witness, our Shafee3 (Intervener), our beloved and our role model the Prophet Mohammad PBUH…..Imagine this moment every time you aim to do something which is not right….What will you say to him?…. why you disappointed him?….He went through a lot to bring you this beautiful deen ready and complete without any effort from your side….He was abused and beaten up….He was cursed and mocked…..He stayed hungry for days…… but he never gave up for us….why we are giving up on him?
When Abdullah ibn Masoud was reading surat Al Nisa’a to the Prophet PBUH, he reached this ayah:
فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِنْ كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَىٰ هَٰؤُلَاءِ شَهِيدًا
So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness? 4:41
The Prophet PBUH asked him to stop and he was crying….he could not bear the thought of him standing as a witness against us!!
Allahumma Sal’I wa sal’im wa barik alah ashfraf Al Mursalieen sayyedina Mohammad