Ibn Masʿūd (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “A human being’s feet will not depart from before his Lord on the Day of Resurrection until he is questioned about five things:
“لا تزول قدما ابن آدم يوم القيامة من عند ربه حتى يسأل عن خمس:
His lifetime – how did he spend it?
عن عمره فيم أفناه؟
His youth and body – how did he utilize them?
وعن شبابه فيم أبلاه؟
His wealth – how did he earn it?
وعن ماله من أين اكتسبه؟
And how did he spend it?
And what did he do in regards to what (ie: the knowledge) he knew?”
وماذا عمل فيما علم؟ “.
Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir ʾl-Dīn al-Albānī, Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaġīr 2/1220 #7299
ناصر الدين الألباني، صحيح الجامع الصغير وزيادته ٢/١٢٢٠ #٧٢٩٩
You will be asked what you did with your knowledge; just as we will be asked what we did with ours. Did we post this to gain followers, and subscribers? Did we post that to compete with other Islāmic platforms? Did we promote this to become recognized? Did we share something because that one follower of us of the opposite gender will recognize our piety, and perhaps they will be interested in us? And how did we spend it? In our WhatsApp groups, do we answer someone’s question so the other members become impressed with our comprehension? Did we post something there so the other members see us as “studious” and “serious” seekers of knowledge? Do we want to be seen as students of knowledge more than we want to learn it to cure our ignorance? Did we share, and forward without ever understanding what we just posted? Did we share for the sake of sharing, and not to be inactive? Rather we will be asked about this post in itself. Did we post this to remind others before we implement sincerity and correct our intention? Did we post it so the people look at us and think, “They are so humble and sincere that they question their humility and sincerity?” Do we live for the social media that is constantly watching us or for Allāh that is Ever an All Watcher over us? What did we do with the knowledge Allāh blessed us with? We did not learn knowledge on our own, but rather we were given what we know. We did not achieve the wealth we possess with our own hands, but rather we were given it by Al-Razzāq.
Before you hit Publish, before you press the Forward button, before you press Enter, before you press the Retweet, or the Reblog icon, always ask yourself: what will your answer be when you are asked about what you did with what you learned…