Chapter 3, Hadith #2308:
“What Has Been Related about the Grave’s Horror and that it is the First Stage of the Hereafter”
Hani, the freed slave of Uthman, said: “When Uthman would stop at a grave he would cry until his beard was soaked (in tears). It was said to him” ‘The paradise and the fire were mentioned and you did not cry, yet you cry because of this?’ So, he said: ‘Indeed the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “Indeed the grave is the first stage among the stages of the Hereafter. So if one is saved from it, then what comes after it is easier than it. And if one is not saved from it, then what comes after it is worse than it.” And the Messenger of Allah said: “I have not seen any sight except that the grave is more horrible than it.” (Hasan)
Comments: Man’s reckoning starts right from his grave, and the punishment, if any meted out to him in the grave expiate his sins. Thus, whether the punishment of the grave becomes full expiation for him or he is saved from it, other after-life stages become easy for him. If, on the contrary, his sins are not forgiven, then the stages ahead of him are bound to be quite severe and terrifying for him.
“What has been related about ‘The Fitnah of this Ummah is Wealth’”
Ka’ab bin ‘Iyad narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “Indeed there is a fitnah for every Ummah, and the fitnah for my Ummah is wealth.” (Sahih)
Comments: Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala tries every nation with different trials. Others were tested with a test that was easier to comprehend that it is a test. Our trial is wealth and we mistake it for a provision. The more the love and greed of wealth increases, the more upsurge will we find in an attitude of disobedience to the commands of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala. Particularly in our present times, we are witnessing an unprecedented spiral in greed for wealth to an extent that it has the entire world in its grip. Consequently, the amassing of wealth has become man’s greatest concern. The people aspire to become millionaires overnight through means fair or foul. Allah and the hereafter just do not figure in his scheme of things. This is the veritable convolution that our present generation finds itself caught up in.
Chapter 60, Hadith #2407:
“What Has Been Related About Protecting the Tongue”
Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri narrated (that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam ) said: “When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all of his body parts bow to the tongue and say: ‘Fear Allah regarding us, we are only part of you. If you are straight we are straight, and if you are crooked we are crooked.” (Hasan)
Comments: It is an undeniable truth that, of all the apparent parts of a man’s body, it is the tongue that is more closely connected with his wrongdoings and acts of sin. As such all the parts of the human body remind it every day with all the humility and submissiveness at their command that all their affairs – their success, their prosperity and their good or bad end – are inalienably linked to it. They, therefore, entreat it to have compassion on them and keep within the boundaries set by Allah since any wrong doing on the part of the tongue could spell doom and ruination for them all. *The sins of the tongue are one of the most common to lead to hellfire.
Chapter 3, Hadith # 2306:
“What Has Been Related About Racing to Act (To Do Works)”
Abu Huraira, May Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “Race to do works against seven. Are you waiting but for overwhelming poverty, or distracting richness, or debilitating illness, or babbling senility, or sudden death, or the Dajjal, so that hidden evil is what is awaited, or the Hour? The Hour is more calamitous and more bitter.” (Da’if) [Tirmidhi said:] This Hadith is Gharib Hasan.
Commentary: Horrors and pains on the Day of Judgment will be unspeakable. We, in this world, cannot even imagine their exact nature or intensity. The plain of Resurrection will not be the place of correcting one’s failures and misdeeds. It will rather be the place of requital and recompense. It, therefore, behooves all of us not to let go or waste the opportunity bestowed upon us, but make as good a use of the days of our health and the span of our lives as we can.