How many days go by in which you don’t even think about the most important meeting of your existence? Let’s have a look at seven ways you can prepare for the appointment of all appointments— standing before Allah!
1. Add Good Things to the Book of Your Deeds
Allah said in surah Al-Kahf, the surah which is a sunnah to read on Friday, the day the Resurrection will occur:
And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one. (Quran 18:49)
The Prophet said:
The first thing the people will be accountable for on the Day of Judgment is prayer, Allah will say to His angels : ‘Look at my servants prayers. Were they complete or not?’ If they were complete it will be written as complete. If they were not fully complete Allah will say: ‘See if my servant has voluntary prayers, if he has them Allah will say: Complete his obligatory prayers shortage with his voluntary prayers.’ Then the rest of his deeds will be dealt with in the same manner. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, An-Nasaa’i, Al-Hakim)
Make it your priority to pray your five daily prayers on time and learn to understand whatever you recite in them to increase your khushu‘. Remember this hadith and let it motivate you to do those extra sunnah prayers.
2. Use Those Limbs Wisely
This Day, We shall seal up their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their legs will bear witness to what they used to earn. (Quran 36:65)
Be aware of how you use your limbs. When you are about to go to a place with forbidden (haraam) activities, remember this moment when your actual legs will tell Allah…
3. Remember that Angels Are Listening
There are two angels, one on your left and one on your right, who record everything you do or say. Think about this. It might not be visual now, but it is real and it will come back to you.
Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. (Quran 50:17)
Note here that each word you say will be recorded. Here is a great reminder for one of the most common major sins we commit: gheebah (gossip or backbiting).
Remind yourself that everything you say about a person that they would not like you to mention to others, even if it’s true, falls under gheebah. Whenever you feel tempted to speak about someone in a wrong way, visualize the angel sitting next to you, ready to write each word down.
4. Deal Justly with Others
Both the justice and injustice you’ve done to other people will be presented on this day.
Whenever you have wronged someone, force yourself to make it up and don’t delay. Why? Imagine the angel of death comes to take your soul before you said that deserved “sorry” and you will find yourself in need of just one more good deed on the Day of Judgment to be admitted to Paradise.
But wait— the people you wronged will come and take away your good deeds!
Whoever wronged his brother with regard to his honor or any other matter, should seek his forgiveness today, before there are no longer any dinars, or dirhams; and if he has any righteous deeds, they will be taken from him, in accordance with the wrong he did; and if he has no righteous deeds, some of the evil deeds of his counterpart will be taken and added to his burden. (Al Bukhari)
5. Ask Allah to Make You of the People of the Quran
And the Quran is a proof for you or against you. (Muslim)
So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness? (Quran 4:41)
Ask Allah to make you of the people of the Quran, of those who recite correctly, understand and apply its lessons and instructions, and work for it. Spend at least each day a certain amount of time on the Quran. And strive for intercession of the Prophet. How? By reviving his sunnah! Make it a mission to learn a new sunnah at least each week, practicing it and conveying it to others.
6. Let the Earth Testify Good of You; Move Around to Make Sujood
That Day it (the Earth) will declare its information (about all what happened over it of good or evil) (Quran 99:4)
A beautiful example is how the earth will testify of where you prostrated. A simple tip is to make sujood on as many different places as possible; for example move around for your voluntary prayer after your obligatory prayer so more places of the earth will testify for you, insha’Allah!
7. Study the Names of Allah and Learn to Live by Them
And Allah is Sufficient as a Witness. (Quran 4:166)
Study the beautiful names and attributes of your Lord and ask Him to help you live by them.