If in any school, university, college or institute, questions of an examination are given or there is a paper ‘leak-out’, the examination is cancelled or reset.
Allah Ta’ala has given us the final question paper consisting of three outwardly simple questions.
The preparation time has also been given – i.e. our lives.
The examiners are also known: Munkar and Nakeer.
The consequences too have been spelt out. There is tremendous reward and honour in passing the examination, and there is disgrace and punishment on failure.
Even though it would take just a few seconds to learn such simple questions and answers, such that even 3 and 4 year olds could be taught the same, and can memorize them, it is not as easy as it seems.
Had it been so extremely easy, many more would have led their lives in accordance to the demands and dictates of the nafs …. because the answers are known. However this is not the reality of our final examination.
These answers depend on one’s life and one’s preparations for it.
The 3 questions to be asked, as we know, are :
Who is your Rabb ?
What is your Deen ?
Who is this man ? (i.e. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
If we say that Allah Ta’ala is our Rabb (Sustainer), we have to recognize Him as our Creator; as the One who has blessed us with all our spiritual, physical and material gifts. We have to recognize Him through His signs and we have to submit to and obey Him in this worldly life. This recognition is what will bring Ibaadah (worship) into practice.
The second question can only be answered if a person has lived a life of Submission to Allah Ta’ala by following the Shariah which He revealed to His Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
The third question can only be answered if a person has followed the way of life of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). It won’t be possible for the person who lived the lifestyle of the enemies of Islam to answer this question easily.
Although we claim that we have Imaan and love for Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), our actions contradict our claim. We assert and affirm that the true religion is Islam but we do not practise on its beautiful teachings. …Why?
A person may bribe, lie and cheat just to pass an examination of this world but there is no possibility for the same in the Grave. To fly through the examination of the grave, we need to develop our Imaan in Allah Ta’ala, adorn our hearts with His Love and Ma’rifat (Recognition) and grace our lives with a practical expression of Islam by following the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
There is no other way to pass this most crucial examination of life. And we should always keep in mind that there is no re-testing and no re-marking. A person either passes or he fails.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding of the greatness of this test, and the effort to work in the direction of preparation for the questioning of the grave, that we may pass without any difficulty and with distinction.
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh)