A heavy burden of bad deeds
By Mohammad Rafique Etesame
When the holy Prophet Mohammad PBUH began to invite the infidels to accept Islam in Mecca, then those who accepted it and became Muslims, to whom the infidels used to say, “please back again to your previous religion and quite Islam, and in case if you would be questioned about it at the Day or Resurrection, then name ourselves before Allah, we would bear your burden.”
So the holy Qur’an reveals,” Yet most certainly will they have to bear their own burdens, and other burdens besides their own; and most certainly will they be called to account on Resurrection Day for all their false assertions!”
Al-'Ankabut (The Spider) 29:13
These verses make it clear that those who deviate other people from the straight path of Islam, will bear their burden along with their own burden.
The question is: what does mean the ‘burden’ here, whether it is the same burden like that of animal bear?
The holy Qur’an makes mention about it,” God does not burden any human being with more than he is well able to bear: in his favour shall be whatever good he does, and against him whatever evil he does”
(Al-Baqara (The Cow) 2:286).
‘Burden’ means here to accept the religion of Islam and to act upon its commands.
This burden is, in fact a duty imposed by Allah Almighty on His bondsmen as the real way of worship.
And those who accept to bear this and pays their duty, then they are the successful ones. And those who adopt anther religion rather than Islam or they are atheists, then it means that they deny to bear this, so they will be cast into hell fir due to their bad actions and this is the real meanings of ‘burden’.
According to the commentators, whatever man commits good deeds or sins, these convert into various shapes having weight into them and these would be measured or weighed into a special scale at the Day of Resurrection.
The holy Qur’an reveals,” The weighing on that day is the true (weighing). As for those whose scale is heavy, they are the successful. ﴾8﴿ And as for those whose scale is light: those are they who lose their souls because they used to wrong Our revelations.” Al-A'raf (The Heights) 7:8
These verses reveal that: the actions that will be done according to the teachings of Islam, their scale will be heavy and this man will be successful one and will be entered the Paradise.
while the actions done according to another religion, will become light and these will be the losers and will be cast into hell fire. The holy Qur’an reveals,” They indeed are losers who deny their meeting with Allah until, when the Hour cometh on them suddenly, they cry: Alas for us, that we neglected it! They bear upon their backs their burdens. Ah, evil is that which they bear!”
(Al-An'am (The Cattle) 6:31)
So, it is necessary for man that he should do such type of actions that will become heavy while they will be weighed in the scale at the Day of Resurrection and he might be successful.
And the only way for it is: man should bear his own burden (by accepting Islam) in this world, so that he would be protected from the hell fire and may be entered the Paradise.