ٱقْرَأْ كِتَٰبَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا
“Read your book. Today your own soul is enough to calculate your account.” (Qur’an 17:13)
Everything we do/say is recorded in our books, wherever and whatever condition we are in. Upon death this book is closed and on the Day of Judgement, it will be placed in our hands so that we can read it and decide for ourselves whether we are deserving of reward or deserving of punishment.
On that day, even an illiterate person will be able to read his book of deeds. Qatadah reports that someone will notice that some of his good deeds were not recorded in the book. He will ask his Lord about the particular deeds missing from the book. His Lord will tell him that he had erased those deeds for he used to speak ill of people on their backs. SubhanAllah, we should be very conscious when we are speaking that only goodness comes out of our mouth.
طُوْبى لِمَن وَجَدَ فِي صَحِيْفَتِهِ اسْتِغْفَارًا كَثِيْرًا
“Glad tidings are for him who finds abundant invocations for forgiveness recorded in his book of deeds.” (Ibn Maja)
This Hadith refers to the sincere invocations made by a believer for forgiveness that are accepted by Allah. They will be presented to the believer on the Day of Judgement and will be a source of blessing and happiness for them.
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
“O my Lord forgive me and accept my repentance, Indeed You are the One who forgives and most merciful.” (Abu Dawood)
We are constantly sinning whether it is intentionally or unintentionally, therefore we need to make it a habit of saying ‘astaghfirullah’ every day after each salaah, in our duas and in our daily actions. Saying ‘astaghfirullah’ does not entail any difficulty or consumption of our time and money, yet through Allah’s mercy, it will harvest great rewards for the hereafter.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.