Heatwave, Day of Judgement and Allah’s Throne Shade

Walking with my son the other day I literally felt I was going to melt. The air was heavy and our throats were dry from thirst. As we trudged along we looked for anywhere to stand; in the shade protected and safe.

The heat was unbearable; the sun although in the afternoon was scorching, the humidity at an all time high.

Headlines worldwide warned of the dangers of the heatwave. Fires were raging in countrysides. Precautions against heatstroke were everywhere.

My son went and bought us something to quench our thirst. As we drank, I realized we were lucky to find something to protect us from the heat of this world.

What however will help us on the day we stand before our Creator? Waiting for our judgement, craving the shade of Allah’s throne. I began to reflect.

Time For Reflection

So we have read and learnt how to protect ourselves against the heat. A heat which is temporary.  A heat which  may last a minute, an hour,  a day, a month, but eventually it will subside and other weather will take its place.

Just as we relieved ourselves at this time what can be done to offer comfort on the day that those closest us to will flee.

What can we do to enter paradise? A life prepared for us in the hereafter, where every good thing will be ours. A paradise that surpasses our present ability to imagine.

The Qur’an reads:

{Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure} (Surah Yunus 10:9)

 Paradise will be a place where all blessings have been created perfectly. There we will be offered everything our souls and hearts will desire.

We will be far removed from want and need, anxiety, sadness, sorrow and regret.

Even before entering Paradise,how to get protected from the sun’s scorching heat during the Day of Judgment? While waiting for reckoning, and as everyone is under the hot sun, some people will be special; they will be enjoying the shade of Allah’s throne.

7 Under Allah’s Throne Shade

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“There are seven people whom Allah will shade on a day when there is no shade but His:

a just ruler,

a young person who grew up in the worship of Allah,

a person whose heart is attached to the mosques,

two persons who love each other and who meet and depart from each other for the sake of Allah,

a man whom a beautiful woman of high status seduces but he rejects her by saying I fear Allah,

a person who spends in charity and conceals it such that his right hand does not know what his left hand has given, and

a person who remembered Allah in private and he wept.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

According to the hadith there will be seven groups of people under the shade of the throne of Allah on the day of judgement.

This day is 50,000 years long and we will be only miles from the sun.

Contemplate that; only miles away compared to the thousands of miles that it is now. We will be so close to the sun, scared and suffering in its unbearable heat.

The mere thought is overwhelming. However, as mentioned earlier, there are seven groups of people who are so special to Allah. Allah will take these groups out of the heat and into the shade.

This will be the only shade that exists on that day.

Which Category will You Belong to?

We mustn’t fret though; we can absolutely be on this list of special people. No matter who we are, there is one, maybe more, category that we can work hard to fall into. Allah is All Merciful for sure.

As humans though, we are prone to forget and we are quickly distracted by the glitter of this world. To keep this reminder constantly in our minds, Allah mentions the hereafter repeatedly in the Qur’an.

The terrible heat of that day put me in a state of taffakur and reflection; something we should readily practice as we watch the universe, the world and all of Allah’s creations fall into place.

As we are often reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise in the Qur’an, we need to try to comprehend their nature.

If we truly understood the nature of the Fire, we would fear it as it should be feared. In turn, if we understood the real nature of Paradise, we would yearn for it as it deserves to be yearned for.

In short, the aforementioned seven people are not some supernatural beings, nor are they born with special gifts. These people, normal people, chose to act in the right way under the conditions they were exposed to.

Allah Promised

In Paradise, in the life of the Hereafter, there will be neither hardship nor suffering in it, and people will live in pure joy and delight. The Qur’an reads:

{Its provision is eternal and so is its shade} (Ar Ra’ad 13:35)

Beautiful promises by the One, the Compassionate, the Merciful, the King

So from now, as life passes bringing us closer to the day of judgement, let’s try fulfilling at least a single quality of the above. We will be greatly blessed if we are chosen to stand under the shade of the throne of Allah.

About Deana Nassar
Deana Nassar is a published writer. As a mother of four, in her home she’s the sole expert on all things related to marriage, children’s psychology, motherhood and creative survival.
She loves charity work, reading and writing poetry, and is mostly known for writing articles discussing family and social issues, faith, freedom, and purpose that comes through God. She can be reached at [email protected]