Once ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was resting with his head on his wife’s lap. Suddenly he began crying. Seeing this, his wife also began to cry. When he asked her the reason for crying, she replied, “When I saw the manner in which you were crying, it made me cry as well.” ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) explained the reason for his crying saying, “I remembered the verse: ‘There is none among you except that he will come to it (Jahannam)’ and I do not know whether I will be granted salvation from the fire or not.” (Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 3, pg. 136)
Lesson: The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had such conviction in the verses of the Quraan Majeed and the occurrences of the Hereafter, that it made them cry even in their moments of pleasure. On the other hand, we have become so oblivious of the realities after death, that we fantasize the worst of things even when our heads are in prostration before our Beloved Creator. We need to enhance our conviction in the Hereafter to such an extent that it becomes a reality before our eyes.