Light on Judgment Day

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Give glad tiding to those who walk to the mosque in darkness, of perfect light on the Day of Resurrection.”

The Day of Judgment will be a Day without light. It is a Day of darkness. The sun will be extinguished. The sun and the moon will be joined together. It’s a long walk to Jannah. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The sun and the moon will be folded up (deprived of their light) on the Day of Resurrection.” Sahih al-Bukhari 3200

“When the sun is wrapped up [in darkness]” (Sura At-Takwir 1)

“And the sun and the moon are joined,” (Sura Al-Qiyamah 9)

It is a scene difficult to imagine– yet this is true. And Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) has warned us about this Day, over and over again. Some people have believed and acted accordingly. Some straight away disbelieved, and some pretended to be believers, but their faith has no value in the sight of Allah (SWT). These are the munafiqun or the hypocrites. These people waited, doubted, and thought that they were Muslims and had Iman, yet they were only fooling themselves. These hypocrites were deluded by the life of this world.

What will give light that Day to the believers?


Mumin (Believers) on that Day will have lights coming from front of then and on right of them.

On the Day you see the believing men and believing women, their light proceeding before them and on their right, [it will be said], “Your good tidings today are [of] gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein you will abide eternally.” That is what is the great attainment. (Sura Al-Hadid 12)

This means they will have light coming from the chest and their right hands. Strong Iman turns into light on Judgment Day, and Iman makes believers act according to Islam. Actions turn into light.

Hypocrites on that Day will say to the Believers – wait for us! and give us some of your light.

On the [same] Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to those who believed, “Wait for us that we may acquire some of your light.” It will be said, “Go back behind you and seek light.” And a wall will be placed between them with a door, its interior containing mercy, but on the outside of it is torment. (Sura Al-Hadid 13)

It will be said meaning angels will say. There is mockery and sarcasm in this statement. “go back” meaning go back to this world. Of course going back is not an option and impossible as the world as we know it would have been totally destroyed. If a person doesn’t come on Judgment Day with good deeds there is no way to come back to this world to acquire good deeds.

A massive wall will then be placed in front of the hypocrites which they will not be able to cross, and they will face torment. The side that they cannot cross has mercy of Allah.

They [i.e., the hypocrites] will call to them [i.e., the believers], “Were we not with you?” They will say, “Yes, but you afflicted yourselves and awaited [misfortune for us] and doubted, and wishful thinking deluded you until there came the command of Allah. And the Deceiver [i.e., Satan] deceived you concerning Allah. (Sura Al-Hadid 14)

This is a desperate call from the hypocrites – “weren’t we with you?”

The believers – who are now safe on the other side of the wall – will respond – here’s why you are not with us today:

  • Putting yourself in test. Meaning – you kept yourself putting in bad environment. You kept going to gatherings assuming it will not affect Iman. Satan worked slowly, whispering in the ears over and over again.
  • Procrastination – I will change soon.
  • Guilt – and this is when satan whispers more and more. “I believe in the Qur’an – but I am not so sure all this hadith is authentic.” Is Islam really true religion?
  • Doubting Islam – are all these rulings of Islam necessary? We can just be a good person. The Hereafter means nothing – there is no craving for Jannah and no fear of the fire of Jahannam.
  • False hopes deceived you. You ran after some worldly benefits thinking they will bring fulfilment which is entirely misleading. Until death came along.

No penalty will be taken from anyone on this Day.

So today no ransom will be taken from you or from those who disbelieved. Your refuge is the Fire. It is most worthy of you, and wretched is the destination.” (Sura Al-Hadid 14)

Remembrance of Allah, understanding and following the teachings of the Qur’an will be light for us on the Day of Judgment. We don’t realize and value this today, but on that Day when only sincere believers will have light this will benefit us.

Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient. (Sura Al-Hadid 14)

May Allah keep us in His mercy and not make us amongst the hypocrites.

Allah the Exalted said,

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ تُوبُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ تَوۡبَةً۬ نَّصُوحًا
(O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance!) meaning, a true, firm repentance that erases the evil sins that preceded it and mend the shortcoming of the repenting person, encouraging and directing him to quit the evil that he used to do. Allah said,

عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمۡ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمۡ سَيِّـَٔاتِكُمۡ وَيُدۡخِلَڪُمۡ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ
(It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow) And when Allah says, “it may be,” it means He shall.

يَوۡمَ لَا يُخۡزِى ٱللَّهُ ٱلنَّبِىَّ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مَعَهُ ۥ‌ۖ
(the Day that Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believe with him) meaning, on the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not disgrace those who believed in the Prophet,

نُورُهُمۡ يَسۡعَىٰ بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيہِمۡ وَبِأَيۡمَـٰنِہِمۡ
(Their light will run forward before them and in their right hands.) as we explained in Surat Al-Hadid,

يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ أَتۡمِمۡ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَآ‌ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ ڪُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ قَدِيرٌ۬
(They will say: “Our Lord! Keep perfect our light for us and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things.”) Mujahid, Ad-Dahhak and Al-Hasan Al-Basri and other said, “This is the statement that the believers will say on the Day of Resurrection, when they witness the light of the hypocrites being extinguished.” Imam Ahmad recorded that a man from the tribe of Banu Kinanah said, “I prayed behind the Messenger of Allah during the year of the Conquest (of Makkah), and heard him say,

« اللْهُمَّ لَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَة »
(O Allah! Please, do not disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection.)”

Sura Tahrim Tafsir ibn Katheer


The Believers are awarded a Light on the Day of Resurrection, according to Their Good Deeds

Allah the Exalted states that the believers who spend in charity will come on the Day of Resurrection with their light preceding them in the area of the Gathering, according to the level of their good deeds. As reported from Abdullah bin Masud:

يَسۡعَىٰ نُورُهُم بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيہِمۡ
(their light running forward before them), he said, “They will pass over the Sirat according to their deeds. Some of them will have a light as large as a mountain, some as a date tree, some as big as a man in the standing position. The least among them has a light as big as his index finger, it is lit at times and extinguished at other times.” Ibn Abi Hatim and Ibn Jarir collected this Hadith. Ad-Dahhak commented on the Ayah, “Everyone will be given a light on the Day of Resurrection. When they arrive at the Sirat, the light of the hypocrites will be extinguished. When the believers see this, they will be concerned that their light also will be extinguished, just as the light of the hypocrites was. This is when the believers will invoke Allah, `O our Lord! Perfect our light for us.”’ Allah’s statement,

(and in their right hands.) Ad-Dahhak said: “Their Books of Records.” As Allah said:

فَمَنۡ أُوتِىَ ڪِتَـٰبَهُ ۥ بِيَمِينِهِۦ
(So whosoever is given his record in his right hand.)(17:71) Allah said,

بُشۡرَٮٰكُمُ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ جَنَّـٰتٌ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِہَا ٱلۡأَنۡہَـٰرُ
(Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow,) meaning, it will be said to them, “Receive glad tidings this Day, of gardens beneath which rivers flow,

خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا‌ۖ
(to dwell therein forever!), you will remain therein forever,”

ذَٲلِكَ هُوَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ
(Truly, this is the great success!)


It was narrated from Buraydah al-Aslami (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Give glad tiding to those who walk to the mosque in darkness, of perfect light on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 561; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. 


Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, my nation will be called on the Day of Resurrection as brightly radiant from the traces of ablution. Whoever among you is able to extend his radiance, let him do so.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 136, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 246


In Musnad Ahmad and Sunan at-Tirmidhi (1635) it is narrated from ‘Amr ibn ‘Abasah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever has one hair that turns grey for the sake of Allah, it will be light for him on the Day of Resurrection.”

Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.

And Allah knows best.

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