19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Huge Balance

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Balance will be set up on the Day of Resurrection, and even if the heavens and the earth were to be weighed in it, they would fit. The angels will say, ‘O Lord, who will be weighed in this?’ Allah will say, ‘Whoever I will among My creation.’ The angels will say, ‘Glory be to You, we did not worship You as You deserved to be worshipped.’” [Al-Haakim]

At the end of That Day, the Balance will be set up to weigh people’s deeds. Imaam Qurtubi said: “When the Reckoning is completed, deeds will be weighed. The weighing will be for the purpose of requital, so it should come after the Reckoning. The Reckoning will be an evaluation of people’s deeds, then the weighing will be to determine their values so that reward or punishment may be awarded accordingly.” [At-Tadhkirah]

The texts indicate that the Balance is a real scale, whose vast size is known only to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). It is a precise scale, which does not make the slightest error, to give either more or less, in its measurements.

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