Bismillah wAlhamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala Rasulillah.
Alhamdulillah for the blessing of Islam and sufficient it is as a blessing. SubhanAllah.
I forgot to mention something on the last portion of the ayah (49:2) in my previous post.
Allah ta’ala ended the verse with:
“…lest your deeds became null while you do not perceive.”
Allah ta’ala is warning and informing us that we could lose all of our deeds and we would not even be aware of it. SubhanAllah…this is the reality of our actions. Not at any moment are we fully aware of the effects of our actions and often times we are completely heedless of this. Sometimes we even belittle the effects of our words. It may be that we can say something to someone and harm them in some manner with our word and we may think nothing of it but that word can weigh heavily on our scales and cause us to be dragged into hellfire.
But at the opposite end of this, there is always positive–it may be that we say a good word and think nothing of it but that word will weigh so heavily on our scales that it will raise us levels into Paradise.
SubhanAllah this is truly part of the beauty of our deen and of our Generous, Compassionate Lord–throughout the Qur’an He warns of His punishment and tells us His Punishment is Severe, but He ta’ala follows after with words of reassurance for us and tells us of His Forgiveness and Mercy–and how indeed, He is the Most Merciful and we should never lose hope in this fact.
The fact that we would not even perceive this loss of deeds should wake us up, bring our hearts to set on carefully watching what we say and do and to never take things too lightly. If you find you did something wrong, immediately follow it with good and inshaAllah that wrong or disobedient act will be wiped out. However, never despair–while we aim to be careful with actions and words, do not allow it to ever lead you to losing hope.
(And know that Allah ta’ala loves those who turn to Him often in repentance and never tires of it.)
We constantly have to strike a balance between fear and hope and inshaAllah this will lead us to attaining the Pleasure of Allah ta’ala.
May Allah ta’ala allow us to realize the weight of our words and actions; may He ta’ala grant us the tawfiq to constantly spend our time and effort in serving Him and growing closer to Him, and may He allow us to place our trust in Him and never fall into despair for He is the Best of Providers and indeed the Most Generous and Merciful. May He ta’ala forgive me for anything incorrect and allow me to put to practice what I write. Allahumma salli ‘ala sayidna Muhammad wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim. Allahumma Ameen.