When belief truly enters our hearts, certainty comes like a rising sun, and changes everything.

What if I said the root of all evil is denial of the Day of Judgment?

Take a second and think about it. That person who kidnaps a child, when he thinks no one is looking – he does it thinking he won’t get caught, or have to suffer the consequences. Those leaders who oppress their people – they think they are all-powerful and won’t have to answer to anyone when their rule is over. The abusive spouse who thinks whatever happens in the house is no one else’s business. The bully in the dark alley who thinks he can have his “fun” and get away with it.

People ask why there is evil in the world. True, shaytaan whispers to us, trying to tempt us off the straight path. But when is it that people give in to his whispers? When they’ve lost yaqeen (certainty) of the Day of Judgment… or perhaps they’ve never had it. If we fail to remember that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is watching us at all times, and that a day will come when every single one of our actions will be judged – when we forget this, we do anything we want, thinking there is no reward or punishment.

This concept of certainty and accountability, of headlessness and remembrance, can be found throughout the Qur’an, and especially in the 29th Juz’ of the Qur’an. I spent the past two weekends in a seminar where we broadly studied this beautiful juz’ with a teacher. After just the first weekend, one sister attending with us began wearing hijab and another stopped listening to music. After the class ended on the second weekend, another sister began wearing hijab. Allahu Akbar!

What was it that triggered these changes? The yaqeen – the certainty – that entered their hearts regarding the Day of Judgment. Knowing that we will stand before Allah… that we will be asked about our actions… that this life ends for everyone. It is only temporary. It is in the eternal journey, the Hereafter, where we will be able to enjoy ourselves.

The 29th Juz’ of the Qur’an is made up of Makki Surahs – Surahs revealed before the migration to Madinah. These surahs deal with the following: yaqeen, the Day of Judegment, heaven and hell, and other related topics. This is what the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam and the Sahabah radiya Allahu anhum were taught first. Their iman was strengthened, their yaqeen was strengthened – and then they were given commandments.

The sisters who made important life changes during the class, and all of us – we need what the Sahabah needed. We need to be firm in our belief, certain of the Day of Judgement, certain of Allah’s powers, of the reward of Jannah, and the punishment of Naar. After that, the commandments come easier.

This is the importance of studying the Qur’an. This the importance of understanding the wisdom of each juz’, each surah, each ayah. The Qur’an wasn’t sent down to look pretty on our bookshelves. It was sent to enter our hearts, to beautify our actions, and to help us lead the best of lives. With the power of the Qur’an on our side, every commandment that we have to implement will, insha’Allah, become so much easier.

As the verses which open the 29th Juz’ of the Qur’an translate,

Blessed is He in Whose Hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent –

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving –

[He] who created seven heavens in layers. You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky]; do you see any breaks?

Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued.

And We have certainly beautified the nearest heaven with stars and have made [from] them what is thrown at the devils and have prepared for them the punishment of the Blaze.

[Surat al-Mulk: 1-5]

Have you read the Qur’an recently? Have you opened its pages and allowed its beauty to wash over your heart? Have you lost yourself in its descriptions, in its miraculous words and verses? If you haven’t, then do yourself a favor, and start today. Open up the 29th Juz’ to hear what Allah has to say. Read about His Majesty and Power… reflect on the end of your life, the end of this world… and let certainty take over your heart like a rising sun takes over the new day.

I kindly request of all of you to make du’aa for the sisters who took a step closer to Allah during the seminar, and that you make du’aa for me and you, and all your sisters and brothers around the world! May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give us the tawfiq to fully implement His commands, with yaqeen! Ameen.