By Adil James, MMNS
November 21–Bloomfield Hills-Our status after death is of course the primary focus of our religion as Muslims, and that status was the subject discussed by Dr. Ramzi M. Mohammad at the Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center this past Friday.
Dr. Mohammad is a professor at Wayne State University who this year won a prestigious $1.3 million grant to seek a new treatment for pancreatic cancer. He has been a supporter of The Muslim Observer and the political organization AMPEC.
Before an audience of about 50 people in the BMUC downstairs auditorium, Professor Mohammad explained the details of the Day of Judgment and the preparation for it in this life.
He explained that â€œthis is the only religion on Earth,â€ echoing the Qur`anic ayah that â€œInnad deena â€˜indal Lahil Islam.â€
And Professor Mohammad emphasized the importance of giving in charity, giving the example of a small deed that is multiplied by Allah many many times, and he emphasized the idea of putting things (good deeds) into the balance that we will face on the Day of Judgment–and he emphasized also the importance of continuing good deeds, speaking especially of women wearing hijab, facing the extreme difficulty to do so–and said that this is a good deed which is not limited only to one time, but is a continuous good deed as opposed to the continuous bad deed of wearing mini-skirts day in and day out.
Islamically, every instant matters, he said.
He emphasized â€œsadaqa fi sabeel Illah,â€ work for Allah, bringing someone to the mosque, working in any mosque, keeping good manners, and observing Laylatul Qadr.
He mentioned that in Muslim countries, although some people do bad things at times, they also try to do good things to make up for what they do wrong, â€œwhen they hear the adhan they pray, when someone asks for sadaqa they give,â€ he said.
â€œWe are doing good things and we are doing bad things,â€ and if the good outweigh the bad, we go to jenna,â€ is how plain-spoken people might explain this.
Dr. Mohammad emphasized that we must always remember the balance.
The time for â€˜isha prayer came at this time, and the meeting about the Day of Judgment ended as people went to the professor with questions.