By: Jerrmein Abu Shahba
On the Day of Resurrection, the idea of Nedaa نداء (call or cry) will exist where a caller from the angels would call out with certain slogans or summon a certain group of people. The call will be heard by all creation since the inception of mankind. On the Day of Judgment, groups of believers will be called in three categories:
- Based on a certain type of righteous recommended deed or act they consistently perform
- Based on their affiliations and the group of people they associate with.
- Based on the leader or ‘Imam’ they follow. Allah (SWT) states in Surat Al-Israa, verse 71:
يوم ندعوا كل إمام بإمامهم Remember the Day when We will call every people with their Imam (leader).”
Allah (SWT) describes different types of good-doers in the Quran multiple times,
التَّائِبُونَ الْعَابِدُونَ الْحَامِدُونَ السَّائِحُونَ الرَّاكِعُونَ السَّاجِدُونَ الْآمِرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَالنَّاهُونَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَالْحَافِظُونَ لِحُدُودِ اللَّهِ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ “They who turn (to Allah), who serve (Him), who praise (Him), who fast, who bow down, who prostrate themselves, who enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and who keep the limits of Allah; and give good news to the believers.” [9:112] And in another verse, the Almighty Creator describes other virtuous doers, الصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْمُنفِقِينَ وَالْمُسْتَغْفِرِينَ بِالْأَسْحَارِ “The patient, and the truthful, and the obedient, and those who spend (benevolently) and those who ask forgiveness in the morning times.” [3:17]
The above concept applies for both the good-doers and the sinners. Allah (SWT) also highlights some groups of non-believers in the Quran and it is interesting to note that there are Surahs that is named after groups of unfavorable people, such as Surat Al-Kafiroon (the Non-believers), Surat Al-Munafiqoon (the Hypocrites), and Surat Al-Mutafifeen (the Defrauders). You can imagine the message of caution and warning that Allah (SWT) wants to highlight about these groups of sinful people by naming few chapters in their regards.
It is interesting to note however that comparatively there is more description of the types of believers in the Quran compared to nonbelievers. It is as if Allah (SWT) wants to open our eyes to the many opportunities of good deeds and acts of benefaction that we can engage in to acquire His proximity and seek His pleasure. Aside from the obligatory actions that we are ordained to do, we are given the choice and free will to decide whether we want to be among the people who regularly fast (الصائمين), or those who give charity (المنفقين) , or those who struggle in the way of Allah (المجاهدين) , or those who are patient (الصابرين) or simply those who are regularly and sincerely seek repentance for their sins (التوابين). And the list goes on, for there are many more areas and banners that we can carry in this life that can certainly benefit us on the day of Resurrection. An example on that day is that a caller will call, “Where are the Rajabiyoon (those who have engaged in worship in the month of Rajab)?”
The same applies to supporting certain causes in life, namely cases of oppression and injustice where we are required to act upon one of the foundation of religion (Usool al-Deen), and that is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. It is not a voluntary matter but rather an obligation our shoulders to our religion and to our God. We live at a time where the cases of oppression and injustice are right and left, in our backyards and abroad. Where does truth lie and what is our position in promoting and upholding the position of truth against falsehood? On the Day of Judgment, the companions of Imam Husain (AS) will be called to congregate to be honored in front of the audience of mankind for defending and standing up with Imam Husain who is the ultimate symbol of truth, perfection, and righteousness. The same will be for the 313 supporters of Imam Mahdi (AFS) and those servants who work towards the setting the stage and facilitating the reappearance Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance).
I can imagine that on that day, a caller will call “Where are the Baqee defenders? Where are those who supported the cause of freeing the Baqee holy cemetery and called for its emancipation from the hands of the transgressors and occupiers?!” I can imagine that this group of pure believers will be greeted and honored by none other than Lady Fatima al-Zahra (AS). I can imagine that a red carpet will be spread for those who didn’t settle for the occupation of Baqee cemetery and revived this matter so long as they were alive. Allah (SWT) states in Surat Al-A’raaf, “And on the most elevated places there shall be men who know all by their marks, and they shall call out to the dwellers of the garden: Peace be on you” [7:46]
Those who weren’t fortunate enough to be among the flock defending the grave sites of the Holy Imams buried in the Baqee cemetery will wish that time will return back lest they carry a flag, raise a banner, call out a chant, or contribute a dollar or dinar in any way. The choice is ours today whether we want to exert our efforts according to our capacities, whether it is to attend the annual Baqee protest, to spread the awareness behind this case, or contribute in any other way.