[Al-Kahf 18:104] Al-Kahf Challenge (14/20)

If you have been following the Al-Kahf Challenge Series,
you should have memorized and learned the first ten ayat of the Surah – alhamdulillah!
From this post onwards, the series will be focusing on the last ten ayat of Surah Al-Kahf.

To read the series in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14 | Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21

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The previous ayah asks:
“Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds?” [Al-Kahf 18:103]
And this ayah is the answer to that:

“Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life
while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds!”

[Al-Kahf 18:104]

The greatest losers in respect of their deeds are those who think are on the correct path but all of their efforts only went to waste! Meaning, their deeds will have absolutely no value because they were not done in accordance with the prescribed way that is acceptable to Allah – they do not follow the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of Rasulallah s.a.w. The worst part is that they thought they were on the right path!

This is the case for a lot of people:

Example #1: Don’t we see how some non-believers are so pious and firm on their faith, and so confident that they are on the truth? They put so much effort to work on their spirituality, sometimes to the extent of abandoning the human fitrah like getting married, thinking that God is pleased with their actions. We ask Allah to open their hearts and guide them on the straight path, and we ask Allah to keep us ourselves steadfast.

Example #2: On the other hand, haven’t we seen how some men and women work so hard and tireless for their dunya, but forgot their akhirah? These people struggle day and night, thinking that they are acquiring good for themselves and their families.

Be careful o Muslims, for we are not safe from falling into this same delusion ourselves.

Example #3: We are Muslims, alhamdulillah, but we might do many acts of bid’ah (i.e. acts of worship that do not follow the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). We think: I’m just doing a good deed, what’s so harmful about it? Rasulallah s.a.w. said:

“Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead him astray,
and whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide.
The truest of word is the Book of Allah
and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.
The worst of things are those that are newly invented;
every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah)
and every innovation (bid’ah) is going astray,
and every going astray is in the Fire.
[Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Example #4: No matter how pious we think we are right now, we might end up bankrupt on the Day of JudgmAent because of our own ugly character and behaviour towards others. Rasulallah s.a.w said:

“The real bankrupt of my Ummah is one
who comes on the Day of Resurrection with 
prayer, fasting, and charity,
but he cursed others,
slandered others,
unlawfully consumed the wealth of others,
shed the blood of others
and beat others;
so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those
(who suffered at his hand)
If his good deeds run out before the score is settled,
their sins would be added to his account
and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.

[Sahih Muslim]

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, be forewarned, this is one of the characteristics of those who will be the greatest losers: their efforts were wasted. And as mentioned in the previous post, this also corresponds with one of the conditions stated in Surah Al-Asr: the people who are in loss are those whom have lost their righteous deeds.

May Allah s.w.t. protect us from becoming one of the greatest losers on the Day of Judgment.

For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.