And Malik ibn Dinar used to stand all night grasping his beard saying: “My Lord, surely You already know the dweller of Jannah from the dweller of the Hell-Fire, so which of the two places is the dwelling of Malik?”
These are examples of the state of fear that the Salaf would be in, fearing departure from this Dunya on an evil note, even though they are the last ones to be worrying about punishment in the hereafter due to their strong Iman, Taqwa, and knowledge. It was as a result of their state of humility before Allah that made them like this, considering themselves minute in front of Allah, knowing that their affairs are completly in the hands of Allah, granting guidance to whom He wills and striping it from whom He wills.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “The hearts of the children of Adam are all between two of the fingers of ar-Rahman, He directs them as He wills.” Then he said: “O Director of hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience.” [Muslim]
One may argue that if the ending is all that matters in determining my life in the hereafter, then I can live life how I please fulfilling my lusts and desires outside the bounds of Islam, then towards the end of my life I start performing righteous actions and refrain from sins so that I die on a good note. In response to this, we must realize that the way one spends his life goes hand in hand with the way in which his life ends. Thus, the one who spends his life full of righteousness his ending will be a good one by the permission of Allah. As for the one who spends his life full of evil and disobedience his ending will be based upon that, for Allah says:
“And your Lord does injustice to no one.” [Al-Kahf 18:49]
Secondly, this argument is baseless since not a single soul knows when it will leave this world. So how would it be possible to become righteous at the end when the end is not even known?
We ask Allah to make the best of our actions our final ones, the best of our moments our last ones, and the best of our days the Day in which we meet Him.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
26th of Jumada Al-Akhir 1429