The fire of hell
THE FIRE OF HELL
The most powerful motivating force in our lives is fear. Consciously or subconsciously, everyone’s actions are the result of some kind of fear.
It could be of financial ruin, worldly disgrace, a powerful enemy, or some superior power. Each and every person functions because of some real or imaginary fear.
Yet there is no substance to the actions which people perform on the basis of such fear, for there is no substance to the objects that they fear.
The only fear that is of any value is fear of God, and sincere actions can result only from true awe and apprehension of one God.
God has created man: He controls the vast universe and has complete power over man’s destiny. Anyone who truly believes this will certainly fear God. But there is more to the matter than this:
God will raise us up after death and will judge us according to our words and deeds on earth. We are responsible to Him for our actions.
One has to think seriously about life when one considers it from this point of view. If we keep in mind our eternal destiny, we shall then have no choice but to submit to the Lord who created us, and who will judge us after death.
We must do our utmost to protect ourselves and others from the torment of hell fire. God’s Prophets taught man the reality of life.
According to their teachings the real issue facing us in life is how to avoid God’s punishment in the next world. We must prepare ourselves for meeting God and must exhort others to do the same.
As Muslims, this is the basic task that lies before us. Other things that we desire in life can be ours only if we perform this fundamental task. Wahiduddin Khan