The Meeting

 

Allah says to His Messenger Muhammad,  Say, to  these idolators who  reject  your message to them:

I am only a man like you. Whoever claims that I am lying, let him bring something like this that I have brought. For I did not know the Unseen, the matters of the past which you asked me about and I told you about, the story of the people of the Cave and of Dhul-Qarnayn, stories which are true — I did not know any of this except for what Allah made known to me.

And I tell you, It has been revealed to me, that your God, Who calls you to worship Him, is One God, with no partner or associate.

So whoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord,  i.e., hopes for a good reward and recompense, let him work righteousness,  meaning, in accordance with the prescribed laws of Allahand associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.

This is what is meant by seeking the pleasure of Allah alone with no associate or partner.

 

The two conditions for the acceptability of any Deed:

These are the two basic features of acceptable deeds:

1) Their intent is for the sake of Allah alone, and

2) are done in accordance with the way of the Messenger of Allah.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Mahmud bin Labid said that the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said:

“What I fear the most for you is the small shirk“.  

They said: “What is the small Shirk, O Messenger of Allah!”  

He said:

Showing off (Ar-Riya’). Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection, when the people are rewarded or punished for their deeds, “Go to the one for whom you were showing off in the world and see if you will find any reward with him.”

 

Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Sa`id bin Abi Fadalah Al-Ansari, who was one of the Companions, said:  “I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

“Allah  will  gather  the  first  and  the last  on  the  Day of  Resurrection,  the Day  concerning  which  there is  no doubt.  A  voice  will  call  out:

Whoever  used to  associate anyone with  Allah  in  the  deeds which he did,  let  him  seek  his reward  from someone other  than Allah,  for  Allah is  the  least  in need  of any  partner or  associate.

It  was  also  recorded  by  At-Tirmidhi and  Ibn Majah.

 

[ Entirely taken from the book ‘Tafsir Ibn Kathir’ ]