THE SALAF WOULD HAVE EXTREME FEAR ABOUT WHAT WAS ALREADY WRITTEN FOR THEM AND WHAT THEY WOULD DIE UPON
A BENEFIT FROM THE HADEETH OF ABDULLAH IBN MAS’UD: ACTIONS ARE BASED UPON WHAT THEY END UPON
Shaykh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr
People in relation to the beginning of their lives and end of their lives are of our four categories:
1. His beginning is good and his end is good
Ex. One who is born in Islam, is raised upon Islam and dies upon it.
2. His beginning is evil and his end is evil
Ex. One who is born with two disbelieving parents and they raise him Christian, Jew or majoos. So he is raised upon this and dies upon this.
3. His beginning is good and his end is evil
Ex. One who is born muslim and raised as muslim then apostates before he dies.
4. His beginning is evil and his end is good
Ex. One who is born from two disbelieving parents, raised as such in a disbelieving society then it is written for him to accept Islam so he dies upon that even if occurs an hour or day before his death.
Translated and compiled by Abu Anas Atif Hasan
Source: From the explanation of Hadeeth of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud