Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
Narrated by Abu Huraira (RA): I heard Allah’s Messenger (salalahi alahi wa salaam) saying: The first of the people whose case will be decided on the Day of Judgment will be a man who died as a martyr. He will be brought forth. Allah will make him know about His blessings (which He had bestowed on him in the world). The man will acknowledge them. Then Allah will ask him: What did you do with them? He will say: I fought in Your way until I died as a martyr. Allah will remark: You are lying. You fought so that you may be called a brave warrior. Then orders will be passed against him. So he will be dragged along on his face and cast into Hell.
Second will be a man who studied (religious) knowledge. Then he taught it to others and recited the Qur’an. He will be brought (for Judgment). Allah will remind him on His favors (showered on him in the world). He will admit them (having enjoyed them in his life). Then Allah will ask him: What did you do with them? He will reply: I acquired knowledge and imparted it and also recited the Qur’an for Your sake. Allah will observe: You have told a lie, for you got knowledge to be renowned as a scholar; and you recited the Qur’an to be marked as a Qari (one who recites the Qur’an according to the rules). Then orders will be passed against him. So he will be dragged along on his face and thrown into Hell.
Third will be a man whom Allah had made abundantly rich and granted him every kind of wealth. He will be brought for Judgment. Allah will let him know about His gifts conferred upon him in the world. He will recognize them. Then Allah will inquire: What did you with them? He will say: I left no way in which you like money to be spent without spending in it for your sake. Allah will say: You are lying. You did so to be described as generous (in the society); (It means you got your reward in the world according to your intention. Now you deserve nothing in the Hereafter except Hell). So orders will be passed against him and he will be dragged along on his face until he will be hurled into Hell.
Reported by Muslim and Nasa’i. From 110 Ahadith Qudsi by Darussalam Publications.
With thanks to the excellent Writeous Sister Speaks blog for first posting it.
It is indeed the sincerity of intention that Allah takes into consideration. On the Sufi path, sincerity is spiritual humility, and true humility is divesting your self of any worldly intention. We are tiny specks on a mote of dust floating in an endless universe, and we are here to serve its Creator.
In the introduction to the Kashf al Mahjub, the Unveiling of the Veiled, Hujwiri writes: “I have asked God’s blessing, and have cleared my heart of motives related to self…Now I pray God to aid and prosper me in its completion, and I divest myself of my own strength and ability in word and deed. It is God that gives success.”
Alhamdulillah! Surely no blessings come from any deed in which selfish motives played a part.
Allah, Allah, Allah! By Your will was I born, for Your sake I live, by Your will I die. You are my birth, my life, my death. All is You!