Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:
وَاَطِیۡعُوا اللہَ وَالرَّسُوۡلَ لَعَلَّکُمْ تُرْحَمُوۡنَ﴿۱۳۲﴾ۚ
And remain obedient to Allah and Messenger, in the hope that you be shown mercy.
(Aale Imran 3, Verse 132)
It is said that there was once a great sinner among the Bani Israeel. As he continued to increase in his sins and transgression, by Allah’s Mercy, there was a hike in his increasing wealth. However, one day, when he heard about the terrible punishment which awaited a sinner, he approached Nabi Moosa alaihis salaam and said, “O Moosa! what is it my Lord ordains? In fact, the more I increase in sins and transgression, the more He seems to give me in blessings.” Nabi Moosa alaihis salaam was very surprised by this and when he approached the mount of Tur, he inquired from the Almighty azza wa jall about this and asked, “O Allah! You are fully aware of what this sinful person has said and that as he commits more and more sins and transgresses further, You are even more kind to him by increasing his wealth and property.” The Almighty azza wa jall replied, “O Moosa! I am actually punishing him but he is unaware of it.” Nabi Moosa alaihis then asked” O Allah! what type of punishment are You giving him, while at the same time, by increasing his sustenance and by sparing him?”
The Almighty azza wa jall replied, “I have distanced him from My Divine Court and have taken away My Mercy and Kindness from him. I have made him oblivious of my Remembrance. He has deprived himself of presenting his words of appeal in My Court and has also deprived himself of listening to My Divine Warning. By My Divine Being, he will certainly taste My Divine punishment and he will deprive himself of My Divine Mercy.
O Muslims! Look at the person who continues to commit sin and transgression. Look at the break the Almighty azza wa jall gives a person, and learn a lesson from this! Look at how the Almighty azza wa jall does not immediately punish a person but gives him time and yet, instead of learning a lesson, a person begins to enjoy turning a blind eye on the Divine Command of Allah azza wa jall. However, this same enjoyment will ultimately result in immense regret and sadness. The Almighty azza wa jall declares in the following verses a dire warning indeed.
He states in Surah Al Mu’minun, verse 55,56:
اَیَحْسَبُوۡنَ اَنَّمَا نُمِدُّہُمۡ بِہٖ مِنۡ مَّالٍ وَّ بَنِیۡنَ ﴿ۙ۵۵﴾
Are they are imagining that by the wealth and children with which (that), We are helping them.
نُسَارِعُ لَہُمْ فِی الْخَیۡرٰتِ ؕ بَلۡ لَّا یَشْعُرُوۡنَ ﴿۵۶﴾
We hasten to give them good? Nay, but they are not aware.
In these verses, the Almighty azza wa jall has revealed the truth about their abundance of wealth and children.
In Surah Yunus, verse 24, He further declares:
اِنَّمَا مَثَلُ الْحَیٰوۃِ الدُّنْیَا کَمَآءٍ اَنۡزَلْنٰہُ مِنَ السَّمَآءِ فَاخْتَلَطَ بِہٖ نَبَاتُ الۡاَرْضِ مِمَّا یَاۡکُلُ النَّاسُ وَالۡاَنْعٰمُؕ حَتّٰۤی اِذَاۤ اَخَذَتِ الۡاَرْضُ زُخْرُفَہَا وَازَّیَّنَتْ وَظَنَّ اَہۡلُہَاۤ اَنَّہُمْ قٰدِرُوۡنَ عَلَیۡہَاۤ ۙ اَتٰىہَاۤ اَمْرُنَا لَیۡلًا اَوْ نَہَارًا فَجَعَلْنٰہَا حَصِیۡدًا کَاَنۡ لَّمْ تَغْنَ بِالۡاَمْسِؕ کَذٰلِکَ نُفَصِّلُ الۡاٰیٰتِ لِقَوْمٍ یَّتَفَکَّرُوۡنَ ﴿۲۴﴾
The example of the life of the world is like that water which, We have sent down from the sky, on account of which the vegetation of earth came out in abundance of which men and cattle eat, till, when the earth took on its ornament and was fully adorned, and its owners thought that it is under their authority; there came upon it Our command by night or by day, then We made it mown down as if it had not existed yesterday. Thus, We explain fully Our signs for a people who reflect.
Hadrat Sadrul Afaadil, Moulana Naeemudeen Muradabadi May Allah have mercy on him explains the abovementioned verse in Tafseer Khazaa’inul Irfaan:
“This is the example of those who love the world and have no concern for the hereafter. In this verse, the hunger for the world and its riches have been explained as gardens and crops and when a person spends his entire life acquiring it and becomes satisfied, that now he has earned everything, suddenly death approaches him without any warning. All this glory and status is then taken away from him, all these pleasures and enjoyments become non-existent. Hadrat Sayyiduna Qatadah, May Allah have mercy on him, explains that, “when greed for the world makes a person oblivious of everything and he forgets everything, it is at that time that the Divine Punishment descends upon him and all the wealth, riches and comfort which he had so much of hope in is destroyed. He is no longer able to take comfort in these things.”
In Surah Naba, verse 40, the Quran declares:
اِنَّاۤ اَنۡذَرْنٰکُمْ عَذَابًا قَرِیۡبًا ۬ۚۖ یَّوْمَ یَنۡظُرُ الْمَرْءُ مَا قَدَّمَتْ یَدَاہُ
We warn you of a torment which is near at hand; a day when man will see whatsoever his hands have sent on before.
What disgrace will one suffer on that day when Allah azza wa jall, who is aware of everything hidden and apparent, will hold them accountable for their wrong-doings. How can then one forget that the Almighty azza wa jall is fully aware of everything.
O Muslims! we urge you to remember the severe punishment of disobeying the Commands of Allah azza wa jall. Think and ponder over it. How quickly will the enjoyment of this world disappear and there will only remain torment and disgrace. Save yourself from being made oblivious and forgetful of obeying Allah azza wa jall. This is the ultimate disgrace. How lucky are those who strive to keep their record of deeds as clean as possible and have fashioned themselves both internally and externally to obey the Divine Command of Allah azza wa jall.
(Ar Roudul Faa’iq).