Calling to account is what allows the soul to no longer be captive of its desires and lusts; he frees him from the darkness of misguidance and keeps him on the right path. Allah encourages Muslims to do so by saying (meaning): “O you who have believed! Fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow…”[Quran 59: 18]
Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Call yourself to account when you are in happiness before the calculation of this Severe Day, because whoever claims to be accountable when he is in happiness will obtain the pleasure of Allah and attain happiness and whoever leaves his life and desires to occupy all his attention and neglects it will be an unfortunate loser.
While he was the caliph, ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, call himself accountable. Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “One day, I was walking with Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, then he went into a garden alone. I heard him from behind a garden fence saying to himself, “O son of Al-Khattaab, I swear by Allah that either you will stand on piety, or Allah will punish you.
” Maalik bin Deenaar may Allah be merciful to him: “Allah will be merciful to the slave who asks himself, ‘Have you not done this or that? “And he reproaches himself for doing so, then obliges himself to abide by the commandments of Allah and behaves himself to justice.
” Maymoon bin Mahraan may Allah be merciful to him: “A pious believer is more responsible than a stingy man does with his trading partner.
” Our Salafs may Allah be merciful to them, self-warn and hold themselves responsible, while we, who are far more worthy of such a reproach, are totally indifferent to this, despite our destructive acts and despite our affliction with heart and soul diseases that require major reform.
We must ask ourselves: do we fear Allah as we should fear? Shall we cry out for fear of him, as our Salaf would do, may Allah have mercy on them? Are we moved when we hear Quran verses recited? Do our hearts tremble and tremble with fear when Allah is mentioned and then rush to obey and please Him? Allah says (meaning): “Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance [i.e., mention] of Allah…” [Quran 39: 23]
Once, Imam Al-Maroozi may Allah have mercy on him. He tells Imam Ahmad that Allah has mercy on him. “How is your morning? to fulfill his obligations, the messenger sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention) obliges him to apply his Sunnah, who has two angels asking him to reform his actions, whose lower self leads him to yield to his desires, which has Satan embellishing sin and immorality for him, who has the angel of death waiting for the commandment to take his soul and whose family asks for provisions.
” How many times do we hear the mention of the Hellfire without it moving us? Does it not contain all forms of punishment or terror, the mention of which would be to break a mountain, if it were to hear it, for fear of Allah? A Muslim should blame himself for not having been moved or affected by hearing verses about the afterlife, a punishment in the fire of hell and the general mention of Allah and His power.
Without a doubt, we are busy with this mundane life and our sins are too numerous, so we must make much greater efforts to hold ourselves accountable. Here are some things that need more attention and commitment to accountability for:
Sincerity: Our salafs, may Allah grant them mercy, would prefer to hide their good deeds from others, in so far as it helps a person to maintain his sincerity of intention. Conversely, people like to show and love others by congratulating them for their good deeds. it is certainly something that requires self-reprimand in order to straighten our hearts and souls. Nowadays, a person rejoices when rented, while she may be committing so many sins that other people would have known about it, they would have scolded him rather than praise him. Our salafs, may Allah be merciful to them, hate to be praised and at times even enraged by it. Once a man has praised Imam Ahmad, Allah may have mercy on him by saying, “May Allah reward you for what you have done in the service of Islam”. Who am I? What am I? He humbled himself and humbled himself before Allah. Compare this reaction to ours! They would refuse all praise while we listen to it with joy and ask for more.
Wealth: If any of us receives any wealth, he rejoices and his heart is attached to it. Conversely, our Salafs, may Allah grant them mercy, redistribute all the riches they receive in all fields, in all fields. People of our time are extremely busy in commerce, business and commerce, striving to collect more and more wealth. Their hearts are so hardened that the following word of the prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) applies to them; Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said that Prophet Sallallahuah’alayhi wa Sallam (may Allah extol his words) said: “May he be miserable: the slave of the Deenaar and Dirham (gold and silver currency).” [Al-Bukhari] Many people have indeed become slaves of their wealth.
The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, work only to obtain what was sufficient for them and their families for their daily lives, and to avoid collecting and accumulating more and more material wealth. In fact, ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, had a friend of the Companions who would work one day while Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, sit with the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention) in order to learn from him; then they would alternate so that Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, work while the other companion, may Allah be pleased with him, learn.
After each day, each taught the other what he had learned from the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) that day. Submission to the truth: In general, we do not easily submit to the truth and some of us may refuse to submit.
We can realize our faults but refuse arrogantly to rectify ourselves; someone can advise us on a certain subject, but we would defend ourselves knowing that the counselor is telling the truth. Nowadays, some people of knowledge argue and refuse to adhere to a text presented by another person simply because they did not hear it from those with whom they studied. The Salafs, may Allah have mercy on them, adhere and submit to the truth as soon as it is presented to them.
In the same vein, many people today have the courage to rush to judge and rule on certain issues when they do not have the know-how or evidence to support their statements. It is a form of discordant courage, because the same people would not dare to approach any other subject, such as a subject of this world, such as medicine, which requires specialized and enlightened advice; in this case, they will easily admit that it is a specialized subject that requires the intervention of a specialist, and yet they dare to speak of religious questions without the slightest problem, as if religion mattered less than scientific knowledge.
Naafi ‘, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “One day a man came to Ibn’ Umar, may Allah be pleased with him and asked him a question. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, lowered his head and began to think about it. It took so long for the man to think he had not heard the question. Did not you hear my question? Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, replied:’ Indeed, it is true, but you act as if Allah did not ask us what you asked for and how we responded. Give me time to think about your question and, if I have an answer, I’ll let you know. Otherwise, I will tell you that I do not know anything about it. Notice the difference between this companion, may Allah be pleased with him, one of the scholars of his generation, and some people nowadays.
Do not glorify the words of Allah: Many people today memorize the Qur’an, which is a laudable matter that would delight the heart of any Muslim, but the problem is that its effect did not materialize in his behavior. Ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said in describing those who memorize the Qur’an: “He who memorizes the Qur’an must be distinct from his qualities. He should be awake when people sleep; he should be attentive when people are indifferent; he should fast when people eat; he should cry when people laugh, and he should be submissive when people are cheerful. This is another question about which we must hold ourselves accountable.