The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
It is general traditions and customs that in our every day life whenever we are asked to do anything we immediately think: what is the use of doing it and what harm are involved in not doing it? This is the very nature of men. We immediately consider and regard a useless and unproductive job. Similarly, we will not be very eager to avoid which are productive, meaningful and useful in everyday affairs as well as future life. Now if we think about the mentioned verse, we see that Allah the Almighty has told us to be careful before doing anything. Our activities should be meaningful and as per the guidance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’la.
In the verse, “fear of Allah” means the fear offering Him or self-control, guiding ourselves from all sin, wrong and injustice, and the positive of “Taqwa” or “fear of Allah” is here emphasized. It is not merely a feeling or an emotion: it is an act, a doing of things, which become a preparations and provisions for the Hereafter, the next life, which is “to-day”.
Well, if we think that we could not do so in our previous life, then now we should not waste our time in vain, but we have to seek Allah’s forgiveness as well as His countless mercy. In addition, we have to remember the saying of Allah: Despair not the Mercy of Allah: verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Az-Zumar: 53) Moreover, we can remember one Hadith narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri (R.A.A). Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “if a person embraces Islam sincerely, then Allah shall forgive all his past sins, and after that starts the settlement of accounts, the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times for each good and an evil deed will be recorded as it is unless Allah forgives it.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Therefore, it is quite reasonable to take preparation for the eternal and permanent life. May Allah give us the ability to do the things carefully for tomorrow.