Allah (swt) gave us something that can shut down Hellfire and take you to Paradise, because on the deathbed everyone will realize when he goes from this dunya that there was Hellfire within himself or herself. Every one of us has a Hellfire punishment.
وَإِن مِّنكُمْ إِلَّا وَارِدُهَا كَانَ عَلَى رَبِّكَ حَتْمًا مَّقْضِيًّا
Wa im minkum illa waariduha, kaanaa `alaa rabbika hatman maqdiyya
And every one of you will come within sight of it: this is, with your Lord, a decree that must be fulfilled. (Surat Maryam, 19:71)
Every one of you is going to come to Hellfire, to punishment.”
That’s why Sayyidina Muhammad (s) said to Sayyida `Ayesha (r):
من حوسب عذب
(Yaa `Ayesha!) Who will be judged will be punished for sure. (Bukhari)
Man hoosib `udhdhib, “Anyone asked or judged will be punished, so ask Allah not to judge you.” That Hellfire within us is naar al-hasra, the Fire of Sorrow. We don’t want to stand with sorrow on that day or to be regretful. What do we need to do to take us to Paradise? I will quote a Hadith:
عَنْ أَبِي رَيْحَانَةَ صَاحِبِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، يَقُولُ : ” لا تَرَى النَّارَ عَيْنٌ بَكَتْ مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ، وَلا عَيْنٌ سَهِرَتْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ “
An eye that cried out of fear of Allah will never see Hellfire. (Ahmad, Nisa’i, al-Hakim)
“I heard Prophet (s) say something important: ‘If ever a tear comes from your eyes from fear of Allah, that eye will never see Hellfire.” That tear is sufficient! Even one tear in your life when you are reciting/listening to Qur’an or Hadith, and you weep from its intensity, emotion and love, if one tear comes on your cheek it will be enough to take away that Hellfire within us and before we leave dunya, Allah will give us Paradise!
~ Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani