The Only Thing that’s Yours for Keeps
Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When carried to his grave, a dead person is followed by three, two of which return (after his burial) and one remains with him; his relatives, his property, and his deeds follow him; his relatives and his property return back while his deeds remain with him.” [Sahih Bukhari]
How many are the sins we commit that are either to please relatives or to make money! Often the two are combined together. Yet neither wealth nor family will go in the grave with you. You will be expeditiously buried, cried over, and left alone to face your accountability in the grave. Your relatives will not stop eating – their lives will go on. Your wealth will no longer be yours but others’ property. Then why not focus on your deeds when that is all that you will take with you.