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25 September 2017 CE | 04 Muharram 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Retaliation


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “People shall be mustered on the Day of Judgement naked, uncircumcised, and possessionless, and a call will be made to them in a voice that those who are far shall hear as well as those who are near, saying: ‘I am the King, I am He who gives recompense: it is not meet for any inhabitant of hell to enter it while any of the inhabitants of paradise owes him something until I exact it of them. And it is not meet for any inhabitant of paradise to enter it while he owes any of the inhabitants of hell something until I exact it from him, even if it be the requital of a single slap of the face.’” We asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “How will this be, when we meet Allah Mighty and Majestic naked, uncircumcised, and without a thing?” He replied, “With good and bad deeds.” [Musnad Ahmad]

Just retaliation is a fact of the Day of Judgement. No one will be able to avoid it. It is the day when Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as King and Judge will distribute justice and nothing will escape His notice. Every gesture and every intention will be weighed in the balance. That day people will pay each other with their good deeds. If one person slapped another unjustly he will have to hand over some of his good deeds to make up for it. If a person’s good deeds finish while he still owes people, their bad deeds will begin to be loaded into his account.

This news is a warning to each of us to watch ourselves, for no deed, big or small escapes Allah’s knowledge. It is also balm on the aching wounds of the oppressed. Such perfect justice is not possible on earth where you can’t undo most harm, you can’t turn back the clock, you can’t catch every criminal, you can’t prove many injustices.

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