By: Ahmad Bahjat

Inside Cover
Story Of Masrur And Maqrur
Last Dinner
Dining Table
The Death of Masrur
The Death Of Maqrur
The Reckoning of Masrur
The Reckoning Of Maqrur
Perish and..
The Resurrection of the dead
The Bursting of the sea
Exploding Mountains
The gathering of wild beasts
The final moments
The appearance of angels
He Forgot and so was Forgotten
The Earth Shone
Read your book
The trial
At last
Oh servant!
The Bridge of As-Sirat
Judging the tyrants
Judging pharaoh
The question
The core issues of the case
O allah send me back!
Satan's declaration
Without an interpreter
Pharoah and Human
Those who ruled with Fear
Mutual Disputations
Destructive friendship
The great fire
The thoughts of tyrants
Those who lost their own souls
The Bribe of Qarun
Inside saqar
They will cry "o malik"
The food of hell
maqrur reclining in paradise
Dazzling colors
A palace in paradise
Rivers of milk
The houris
A love story
The position of the Egyptian
A new friendship
Pharaoh and masrur
The blessings in paradise
The torment of hell-fire
Dreams in paradise
The peak of all blessings

Islambasics Library: Face to Face : Masrur of Paradise & Maqrur of Fire

Read your book

While the angels were presenting the book of reckoning to Masrur, they said to him, "Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoned against you this Day."


The same words were said to Maqrur as well and to everyone else in that huge gathering. Masrur felt secure at hearing those words while Maqrur, unlike Masrur, looked terrified.


Masrur thought that since he was the one who would judge himself, then he could easily find out an outlet. He would claim innocence and invent all possible excuses to defend himself. However, Maqrur realized the heavy burden of this responsibility that had befallen him. He imagined that the statement implied an obscure concealed threat like in the case of a judge who says to the accused, "How would you judge yourself? Actually, the accused is sure that the judge will finally judge by himself.


At first Maqrur was afraid to open his book but he risked it and opened it. He searched for his past sins but he did not find any. He only perceived one major good deed that was repeated Throughout his book. He thought that he had been given a book that does not belong to him.


He bent towards the angels to inform them about the error and said to their chief, "You have given me someone else's book. It is not mine."


The angel amiably said to him, "Return back to your place. The book is yours, as we never do wrong."


Masrur said in a low voice, "The book does not contain sins. Where are the sins that I committed before?"


The angel said, "Say this to your Lord, the All forgiving, when you encounter Him."


Masrur said in astonishment, "Am I going to encounter Him?"


The angel said, "Yes, indeed."


Maqrur was extremely happy and said to everyone around him, "Look, read my book! Surely, I did believe that I should meet my Day of Account!"


Unlike Maqrur, Masrur was given his book behind his back and said to the angels of reckoning, "I have gone blind. I cannot read."


The angel said to him, "You will be reckoned several times... your sight will return to you to read and you will judge yourself and Allah too will judge you Himself."


Masrur shivered with fear and he started to read his book. He actually perceived his true abhorrent image as a brutal tyrant. The book of records had already recorded all his previous sins And offences.



He perceived his mean endeavors to gain authority and his disdainful crimes of killing, adultery, injustice, lying, and treasuring silver and gold. Like a mad man he went on turning the pages over and over searching for even one good deed that he might be able to use in defending himself. Unfortunately he did not find any. In spite of the fact that Masrur had lost his sight he gained insight within himself. After he had read his book he felt great dislike towards himself.


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