Are we satisfied with our worship and obedience towards Allah? Let’s analyse ourselves honestly. If yes, we are satisfied, then we need to redefine our goals to reach higher peaks. If no, then we need to strive harder.
To elevate ourselves from being the people of ‘at least’ to people of ‘utmost’, we need to reconstruct our ideas about life as a temporary phase and to understand the enormity and permanence of the Hereafter. Then, we need to believe with conviction in the reality of the unseen and to plan, prepare and strive in its direction by clinging to the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, along with those who share the same goals and aspirations as us. Only then can it be expected that those of us who strive to improve their level of iman (faith) and ‘amal (practice) will be honoured in The Hereafter, bi izn Allah.
There is no doubt that those who enter Jannah will enter it because of Allah’s (subhanahu wa ta’aala) mercy but it will be their deeds that will make them eligible for being the recipients of His Mercy. To be among the fortunate ones we must pray, strive and hope to acquire eternal bliss, inshaAllah, by being people of ‘utmost’ not people of ‘at least’.
‘But you prefer the worldly life, while the Hereafter is better and more enduring.’ (87:16-17)