As a Muslim, it is amongst our religion to acknowledge and believe in life after death, or the Hereafter. There are two main places that our souls can end up in : Jannah (Heaven) or Jahannam (Hell). These two places are common knowledge to all, not just Muslims. And their associations are very well-defined. Jannah is known to be the greatest and most blissful of all places. It is the source eternal happiness and never-ending rewards and blessings. Whereas, Jahannam is known to be the most terrifying, torturous and intimidating place known to man. It is where the fire burns eternally to punish those who have forgotten their purpose on this world. Hell is definitely not the place that we would chose to go to, if we could have it our way. Hell is also not the place that Allah (s.w.t) wants to send you. Allah (s.w.t) is the Most Compassionate and He does not want to see His creations being burned and tortured repeatedly by the Hellfire. Therefore, He makes it easy for us to avoid Hellfire. He is the All-Forgiving and the All-Merciful. One genuine dua made to Him will abolish your sins. Allah (s.w.t) knows best what is in our hearts and only He knows where we deserve to be after our souls are taken from this world.
Regardless of that, it is most obvious that Hell is a daunting place and that no one wants to end up there. Therefore, how do you prevent yourself from being placed there? It is truly simple. Allah (s.w.t) makes it incredibly easy and attainable for us.
- Believing in Allah (s.w.t) and His Messenger.
The very essence of being Muslim is to submit to Allah (s.w.t) and His Almighty Power. Our shahada is how a Muslim is born and/or reverted. It is the act of being completely submissive and dependent over Allah (s.w.t), and only Allah (s.w.t). This action alone will spare your soul from the eternal Hellfire. Acknowledging Allah (s.w.t) as the one true God and Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is His Messenger, then you are already saving yourself from the fire.
- Regular Prayers
This must come at no surprise. Voluntary prayers are a pillar of Islam. There are exactly what differentiates Muslims from all the others. The act of completing 5 daily prayers and spending that time with Allah (s.w.t). Prayers not only save you from the fire, but they also save your soul from this world. They take care of your heart from hurt and pain, they take care of your mind from worries and sorrows. Prayers are a source of mental and physical strength. Never underestimate the power of prayer.
- Weeping Our of Fear of Allah
Similar to the first point, being a Muslim is about committing to Allah (s.w.t) and completely submitting to Him. With that in mind, you have to understand His power, His mercy, His compassion. You have to bear in mind the blessings that He gives to you daily. You have to be grateful over the life that He has given you and the times that He held you and protected you. Allah (s.w.t) loves us more than our mothers. We sin, He forgives us. We take Him for granted, He forgives us. We walk away from Him, He waits for our return. We take a step towards Him, He runs back to us. He defy and insult Him by our sins, He continues to bless us. We are mere mortals that can never understand the works of Allah (s.w.t) but we need to be aware of how much love and care He has for us. And only then, will you truly understand Allah’s (s.w.t) love for us. And when we compare it to how we treat Him, we will weep genuine tears while begging for His mercy and forgiveness.
- Voluntarily Fasting and Charity
Fasting is a loved deed by Allah (s.w.t). He stated that fasting is the deed that we dedicate to Him. It builds our character and it strengthens the connection we have to Allah (s.w.t). It increases our Taqwa and eventually helps us with our Iman. Allah (s.w.t) protects those who remember Him and do deeds for Him. This includes charity which is a major pillar of Islam. It is also emphasised through the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) to give when you can.
- Seeking Protection from the Fire.
A sure way to seek protection is to ask for it from Allah (s.w.t). In the Hereafter, there is nothing there to help you. No one will be there to hold your hand or help you. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) will be weeping, asking Allah (s.w.t) to forgive you and your sins. But only you and your actions in this dunya will be called upon. But you’re not on your own. Allah (s.w.t) is always with you. Therefore, if you want to seek refuge from the fire, ask Allah (s.w.t) to protect you. Ask Allah (s.w.t) to grant Jannah for you and those who you love. Always talk to Allah (s.w.t). Always remember Him. Because when you do, He remembers you. And also do not forget that your dua is never wasted. Allah (s.w.t) answers all supplications and prayers. Therefore, with a heavy heart and a genuine dua, ask Allah (s.w.t) for help.
Article is written by:
Fatin Najwa binti Daud, is a medical student studying at IMU Malaysia. She is a freelance writer of this blog at Zaahara. Interests include music, art, sports and travel.
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