This is something which we are all confronted with on a daily basis in every aspect of our lives; at the same time we are evasive in our temperaments and lack the resolve towards making proper commitments to the various challenges expected of us. At the onset, we as believers are expected to behave differently because we are answerable to Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله for every moment of our lives. Furthermore, belief in meeting Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله on the Day of Qiyāmah is an integral part of our Īmān. We will be recompensed for our actions, there will be no injustice and we will be questioned with regards our responsibilities.

Muhiyyus Sunnah Hazrat Moulana Abraarul Haq Sahib رحمه الله has brought forward a simple perspective so that we can identify as to what is required of us. Hazrat رحمه الله has explained that an individual is driving a motor vehicle and he commits various traffic violations. The police will apprehend him, inform him of the various offences and he will be charged accordingly. At this juncture, he will protest saying that he was ignorant of the laws of the traffic rules. The police officer will reject this excuse and inform him that as a road user, he is expected to know the rules of the road. Similarly, we will have to pass through life through various challenges with the conviction that we will indeed be interrogated with regards our actions and ignorance of what was expected of us will not be accepted. Also, another point that sticks out like a sore thumb in our lives is that of corruption. We cannot bribe our way out in the Aakhirah.

We have to thus understand that although we are not desirous of being ‘burdened’ by the concept of responsibility, we detest the implications thereof, we show ill discipline, we lack resolve but we will have to individually face the consequences. The foundation of our lives is nothing else but submission to Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. We will have to nurture our development and abandon negligence; then only will our lives be meaningful. Acceptance of the various responsibilities will beautify our character and will be the vital link to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلي الله عليه وسلم.

Shariah is not an obstacle but rather an essential component to function effectively. Submission to Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله will be the basis of direction in our lives. We will be saved from anarchy and strife (which has become the norm nowadays). We will attain success proportionate to our commitment to the responsibilities. Salvation or failure in the Aakhirah depends on our decisions; are we ready to submit?