Think back to when you woke up earlier this morning.
Think back to every little thing that you did since that moment.
Ponder over the sins that you may have committed. Ask yourself:
- If you were rude to your parents?
- If you were dishonest in your business dealings?
- If you looked at what you should not have looked at?
- If you prayed without sincerity?
- If you harmed others?
Ponder over the good deeds that you may have done:
- Did you spend in charity?
- Did you smile at your fellow Muslim?
- Did you greet another Muslim with “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu”?
- Did you pray the Sunnah prayers?
Then ask yourself:
- If your good deeds were done sincerely for Allah.
- Ask yourself if they were done so as to be seen of others, or just because it’s something you always do.
- If it was done for some other reason altogether.
Ponder upon the wasted opportunities that have passed today. Consider whether you started your day with the Athkaar from the Sunnah, or whether you read enough Qur’an, or whether you overslept or ate too much. Weigh up your deeds and realize that today could possibly be a snap shot of what you might bring on the Day or Resurrection.
قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّٮٰهَا (٩) وَقَدۡ خَابَ مَن دَسَّٮٰهَا
“Indeed He succeeds who purifies his own self (i.e. obeys and performs All that Allâh ordered, by following the true faith of Islamic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds). And indeed He fails who corrupts his own self (i.e. disobeys what Allâh has ordered by rejecting the true faith of Islamic Monotheism or by following polytheism, etc. or by doing Every kind of evil wicked deeds).” (Surah Ash-Shams 91:9-10)
- “Am I purifying myself or am I corrupting myself?”
- “Am I doing what I should do?”
Now take action to improve. Turn to Allah with sincere du’aa and repentance, perform good deeds, and avoid sins.
May Allah have mercy on us, protect us from harm and grant us the best in this life and the next. Aameen.