قُلۡ هَلۡ نُـنَبِّئُكُمۡ بِالۡاَخۡسَرِيۡنَ اَعۡمَالًا ؕ
اَ لَّذِيۡنَ ضَلَّ سَعۡيُهُمۡ فِى الۡحَيٰوةِ الدُّنۡيَا وَهُمۡ يَحۡسَبُوۡنَ اَنَّهُمۡ يُحۡسِنُوۡنَ صُنۡعًا
“Say, shall We inform you of the biggest losers in terms of deeds. Those whose effort got lost in the worldly life, whilst they thought they were doing good actions’
(Surah Al-Kahf, verse 103-104)
SubhanAllah….The greatest losers in respect of their deeds are those who put efforts in their deeds taking them to be good, in fact with Allah their efforts are ruined and their deeds wasted.
Imam Qurtubi says, the above is caused because of the following two things:
- Corruption in belief – e.g the Jews and Christians, they may be rewarded in the dunya for their good deeds but not in the akhirah, there will be no weight to their deeds.
- Hypocrisy – doing deeds for show and your intention is incorrect, these deeds on the day of judgement will carry no weight.
We can easily fall in to the second category of hypocrisy and therefore should ensure that we renew our intentions in all things/actions that we do. So, to Allah our deeds are sincere, pure and weighty.
لأَعْلَمَنَّ أَقْوَامًا مِنْ أُمَّتِي يَأْتُونَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِحَسَنَاتٍ أَمْثَالِ جِبَالِ تِهَامَةَ بِيضًا فَيَجْعَلُهَا اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ هَبَاءً مَنْثُورًا
“I certainly know people of my nation who will come on the Day of Resurrection with good deeds like the mountains of Tihamah, but Allah will make them like scattered dust.” (Ibn Majah)
On the Day of Judgment, deeds as big as the mountains of Tihamah will be bought in, but they will carry no weight in the balance of justice.
اللّهُـمَّ لا سَـهْلَ إِلاّ ما جَعَلـتَهُ سَهـلاً، وَأَنْتَ تَجْـعَلُ الْحَـزَنَ إِذا شِـئْتَ سَهـْلاً
“O Allah, there is no ease other than what You make easy. If You please, You ease sorrow.”
Take some time out today and recite Surah Kahf. There are many merits for reciting this Surah on a Friday. It has been narrated by Anas (RA), the entire surah was revealed at one time and seventy thousand angels accompanied it, this shows us the majesty and importance of this surah.
Also try and read the english translation and the tafseer of the surah, so that you can reflect on the lessons to be learnt from the 4 stories mentioned in the Surah.
If you are unable to recite the entire surah, try and recite the first 10 and last 10 verses of the surah. The Prophet ﷺ said, whoever recites the first and last 10 verses, for him there is light from his feet right up to the head and the one who recites the whole surah for him there is light from the earth up to the sky. (Ahmad)
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.