According to a beautiful hadith, the Prophet ﷺ said that on the Last Day, when the last two souls are brought forth before God, they are both condemned to hell. As the angels escort them to their final fiery abode, one of them wistfully looks back. Thereupon, God commands the angels to bring him back and asks the man why he turned back. The man replies, “I was expecting something else from you.” God responds, commanding the angels, “Take him to My Garden.”
It is our expectation of God that determines where we are. This points up the need for thinking well not only of God but also of God’s creation, despite the fact that we are all messy, imperfect works in progress, struggling along in this journey.
Roderveld, the Netherlands
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
A believer is in a good state all the time; even when he is on the verge of death, he praises God.
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