The following incident took place during an interview with the world famous boxer, Muhammad Ali.
It all started with an innocent question: You have beaten some of the toughest men in the world in the ring. What scares you the most?
Ali: [Points to his wife, to much laughter]
Lonnie Ali: Come on, Muhammad, joking aside, tell them what really scares you.
Lonnie Ali: Nothing on this earth maybe, but … tell them Muhammad.
[There is a long pause]
Ali: Not going to heaven.
[Everyone present became silent. Sister Lonnie Ali had tears flowing down her cheeks. Others present were also shaken and silent. A few wiping their eyes. Br. Malik Mujahid broke the silence, patting Muhammad Ali on his arm.]
Malik Mujahid: “No, Insha Allah, you will enter Jannah because you have helped so many people.”
Ali: [Muhammad Ali turned his face towards Br. Malik Mujahid, looking at him as though asking: Are you sure? Are you sure about yourself?]
Malik Mujahid: “The Mumin lives between hope and fear.”
Where as the toughest man in the world is wondering about his place in Jannah, what do you think about yourself. Will you go to Jannah? Its a question which everyone must ask himself and herself. A good answer may help us focus on the everlasting life.
We pray to Allah for the best of both worlds. If we want Allah to give us the best, we will have to strive for it.
Source: Extracted from the article “Will Muhammad Ali go to Jannah?” by Soundvision.com