Whoever ponders will find himself in a state of apprehension for the son of Adam will face great terrors during his life such as death, the grave, the barzakh, the Standing; the Bridge and the Balance, and the greatest of all: standing before Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, and the Fire. He will fear losing faith at the last minute and being condemned for eternity in the Fire. The true believer will never feel secure from all these matters, “No one feels secure from the Plan of Allah’s except the losing people.” (Suarh Al-Araf 7:99)
All of these matters should prevent the son of Adam from resting and relaxing. A person was seen in a dream saying,
How can the eye sleep in peace and serenity?
Yet in which of the Two Abodes will it dwell?
– There is no guarantee.
One of those on his death bed, a devout worshipper, was asked about his state to which he said,
None who enters the grave knows what lies awaiting
Save Allah, the One who to the graves is leading.
In this respect one of them said,
By Allah, were man to know for what he was created,
He would not be remiss nor would he sleep.
He was created for such a thing that be assured
Were hearts to see it neither stray nor would they sleep:
Death, then to the grave, then to be resurrected:
Rebuke dire and terrors appalling, (in this beweep!)
For the Day of Gathering have men exerted,
Praying and fasting in trepidation deep!
But we, when prohibited or commanded,
Are like the People of the Cave: awake yet asleep!
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
Peace and blessings be upon our Master, Muhammad, his family and all his Companions.
This is the end of The Journey to Allah by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 90-91