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March 2, 2011

The man with the 99 scrolls

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

99 scrolls? Yes, it has all its misdeeds written on it.

Here’s the story:

إن الله سيخلص رجلا من أمتي على رؤوس الخلائق يوم القيامة فينشر عليه تسعة وتسعين سجلا ، كل سجل مثل مد البصر ثم يقول : أتنكر من هذا شيئا ؟ أظلمك كتبتي الحافظون ؟ يقول : لا يا رب . فيقول : أفلك عذر ؟ فيقول : لا يا رب ، فيقول : بلى إن لك عندنا حسنة وإنه لا ظلم عليك اليوم ، فيخرج بطاقة فيها أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله ، فيقول : احضر وزنك ، فيقول : يا رب ما هذه البطاقة مع هذه السجلات ؟ فقال فإنك لا تظلم . قال : فتوضع السجلات في كفة والبطاقة في كفة فطاشت السجلات وثقلت البطاقة ، ولا يثقل مع اسم الله شيء

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-Aas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Indeed Allah will distinguish a man from my Ummah before all of creation on the Day of Judgement.

Ninety-nine scrolls will be laid out for him, each scroll is as far as the eye can see, then He will say: ‘Do you deny any of this? Have those who recorded this wronged you?’ He will say: ‘No, O Lord!’

So He will say: ‘Do you have an excuse?’ He will say: ‘No, O Lord!’ So He will say: ‘Rather you have a good deed with Us, so you shall not be wronged today.”

Then He will bring out a card (Bitaaqah); on it will be: ‘Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illallah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluh’ (I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I testify that Muhmmad is the His slave and His Messenger).

He will say: ‘Bring your scales.’ He will say: ‘O Lord! What good is this card next to these scrolls?’

He will say: ‘You shall not be wronged.’ He said: ‘The scrolls will be put on a pan (of the scale) and the card on (the other) pan; the scrolls will be light, and the card will be heavy, nothing is heavier than the name of Allah.’”

[Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2639. Graded “saheeh” by Shaikh Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2639.]

Please note: The card was heavy because he applied the Shahaadah (at least on a basic level) and fulfilled its conditions. Otherwise, such merits are not attained merely by uttering this statement and then acting in a manner contrary to it!

So, let’s take this as an incentive to learn about tawheed and apply it because it counts for a lot of the Day of Judgment.

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