In the Qur’an, surah Nisaa, Allah says:

فَقَاتِلْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ لاَ تُكَلَّفُ إِلاَّ نَفْسَكَ وَحَرِّضِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَسَى اللّهُ أَن يَكُفَّ بَأْسَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ وَاللّهُ أَشَدُّ بَأْسًا وَأَشَدُّ تَنكِيلاً

Translation: Then fight in Allah’s cause – you are responsible only for yourself – and rouse the believers. It may be that Allah will restrain the fury of the Unbelievers; for Allah is the strongest in might and in punishment (Surah Nisaa, 4:84)1

What are the implications? In the end, you’re responsible only for yourself. Alhamdullilah. But, spread the message. If you’re going to a halaqah, a lecture, an Islamic class, or whatever–it doesn’t have to be Islamic–tell others. Don’t just go by yourself. If they don’t come, well, you passed on the message. You did your duty. And inshaAllah you will be ready for the Day of Reckoning.

May Allah protect us all from those who have a heavy reckoning in the hereafter. Ameen.


(1) Pickthall, Muhammad M., trans. Al-Qur’an Al-Kareem: Parallel Arabic text with English Translation. One Ummah Network. 28 Feb. 2006 <>.