LIFE ONLY COMES AROUND ONCE
We are about to leave another year of our lives behind. Now is the time to take ourselves into account before we are brought to account and to review our deeds before they are weighed in the balance (mizan). It is the time to follow our Lord’s warning, “All will then be informed of what they have sent forth and left behind.”1 and take stock of what we have left behind and what we will do in the future.
It is stated in the Holy Qur’an as follows: “Then, on that Day, you will definitely be questioned about your worldly pleasures.”2 There is an account we have to give about our life that is entrusted to us by our Lord (swt). We are going to be questioned about our numbered breaths, our health, and the blessings of the world. There is a book of deeds that records all that we do, an infallible balance that will be established, and witnesses who will testify to the truth. On that day, an atom’s weight of good and an atom’s weight of evil will surely be recompensed. No one will be wronged and everyone will be given exactly what they deserve.
The world is a place of tests and trials, and life is lived only once. Allah the Almighty (swt) will hold us to account for what we have done as well as what we have neglected and abandoned when we had the opportunity. So let us face ourselves before it is too late, that is, before our life comes to an end. Let us listen to our Lord (swt), Who states, “On this Day We will seal their mouths. Their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify to what they used to commit.”3 and prepare for the Hereafter. Let us compete in goodness and charity with the awareness that Allah is with us and He (swt) sees us every moment. Let us avoid all kinds of haram, evil, and unjust acts that violate the rights of other people.
I would like to conclude this Friday’s khutbah with the following verse: “O believers! Be mindful of Allah. Let every soul look to what deeds it has sent forth for tomorrow. And fear Allah, for certainly, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.”4
 Qiyamah, 75/13.
 Takathur, 102/8.
 Ya-Sin, 36/65.
 Hashr, 59/18.
FRIDAY KHUTBA OF TOKYO CAMII “LIFE ONLY COMES AROUND ONCE”(PDF)