Quranic Reflections Series: what the heart holds
Written by: Abeeda
Surah Baqarah, verse 48:
وَاتَّقُوا يَوْمًا لَّا تَجْزِي نَفْسٌ عَن نَّفْسٍ شَيْئًا وَلَا يُقْبَلُ مِنْهَا شَفَاعَةٌ وَلَا يُؤْخَذُ مِنْهَا عَدْلٌ وَلَا هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ
“And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will compensation be taken from it, nor will they be aided.”
It’s easy to forget that one day, we will be held to account for our every action. Whilst we live on this earth, we are constantly surrounded by people; and it is easy for our hearts to become consumed and distracted as a result.
We begin to feel a sense of entitlement, we begin to set standards for what we feel we deserve. In reality, yes, we strive for the best that we can be, we strive for the best that we can achieve, but this does not mean that we have failed if we do not reach these goals.
Allah is so just that He does not deal with us based upon the outcome of our actions, He judges us based upon what our hearts held within them as we undertook these actions; and that’s profound. It is us, in’saan (humans), communities, and societies that set expectations upon one another – Allah cares only about us striving to do good, with purity of heart and mind.
So never let yourself be fooled into behaving according to how the people think you should behave – let your own heart lead you towards actions that are the best in the Sight of Allah. And success will surely come.