Now I am sure we have had many emails on the signs of the day of Judgement.  What I would like to talk about today is the types of questions that will asked.  This will Insha Allah help us to rectify our ways so that we can answer them properly.  Imagine if someone is about to sit an exam and they are told the questions and answers before the exam.  Yet when they sat the exam they fail, wouldn’t you think that they were stupid!!!  Then what about us, we are told about the exam of day of Judgement, the questions the answers yet we do nothing about it.  Although we will be asked about everything, certain subjects have been given more weight.

For those of you who wish to pass the exam read the questions below.

Prayer:
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace stated, “The first thing one will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgment is prayer.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, al Nasa’i: Kitab al Salah Bab al Muhasabati `ala al Salat #469-471; Al Hakim also narrated it and said it is sahih)

Life, Youth, Wealth & Knowledge:
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “The feet of a servant will not move on the Day of Judgment until he has been questioned about four things): his life – how he spent it, his knowledge – how he acted upon it, his wealth – where he earned it and how he spent it, and his body – how he used it.” (Tirmidhi, Kitab sifat al Qiyamah wal Raqa’iq)

Hearing, Sight, and One’s Heart:
 
Allah Most High says:

“… the hearing, the sight, the heart — all of those shall be questioned of.”

Imam Suyuti states in his tafsir al jalalayn, “Regarding what he did with them.”

Murder:
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “The first thing adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be murder.” (Agreed upon)

Covenants:
 
Allah Most High says:

“And fulfill the covenant; surely the covenant shall be questioned of.” (

Covenant here refers to those made with God and humans, both. (tafsir al jalalayn)

Comforts and Blessings of the World:

And He Most High says:

“Again, you shall surely see it with the eye of certainty then you shall be questioned that day concerning true bliss.” (102:8)

Imam Suyuti states in his tafsir al jalalayn that what is meant by “true bliss” is “the comforts [of the world], the health, leisure, security, food, drink and other things which one enjoys in this world.”

The Rights of Allah’s Revelation Upon One:
 
Allah Most High states:

“Surely it is a Reminder to thee and to thy people; and assuredly you will be questioned. “ (43:44)

Imam Alusi states in his Ruh al Ma`ani, “[You will be questioned] on the Day of Judgment regarding it and your standing in fulfilling its rights.”

Accepting the Message of His Prophets:
 
Allah Most High states:

“We shall question those unto whom a Message was sent…” (7:6)

Imam Suyuti says in his tafsir al jalalayn, “[We shall question those] communities, about their response to the messengers, and to what extent they implemented that which was conveyed to them.”

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “You will be asked regarding me on the Day of Judgment and about what you did.” (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al Hajj Bab Hujjat al Nabi)

Those Under One’s Care:
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) is reported to have said, “Every one of you is a guardian, and every one of you will be asked about those in his care.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “There is none who is appointed a leader over ten people except that he will be questioned regarding them on the Day of Judgment.” (Jami` al Saghir #8008 quoting Tabarani (hadith hasan))

One’s Rank & Prestige
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “And he (s: the servant) will be asked about his fame and prestige just like he will be asked about his wealth.” (Majma` al Zawa’id, Kitab al Qiyamah Bab maa’ jaa’ fil Hisaab)

Ibn Hajar Haytami says, “Tabarani narrated it in his Saghir and in its chain is Yusuf ibn Younas, the brother of Abi Muslim, and he is very weak.”

Regarding the Killing of Animals
 
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “’whoever kills a sparrow without fulfilling its due rights will be questioned by Allah regarding such killing.’ The companions asked, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, what are its due rights?’ The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘That you slaughter it properly and eat it, not that you cut its head off and discard it (as a whole).’” (Nasa’i, Ahmad, Darimi)

This applies to all animals.

Regarding the Forbidding of Evil
 
Abi Sa`id narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Indeed Allah will question the slave on the Day of Judgment and He will say, ‘What did you do when you saw evil (munkar) and did not stop it?’ The Prophet then said, ‘He (the slave) will say in his defense, ‘My Lord, I was hidden from the people and returned to you!’” (Shu`ab al Iman)

May Allah SWT give us the strength to understand these questions and act upon them while we still have the chance, Ameen.

 

By Rahil Mumtaz