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Chapter 7. The Unexpected Confrontation

Allah, Exalted is He says,

And there will appear unto them, from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned. [Quran, 39:47]

This verse bore down heavily upon the fearful Gnostics for it states that some servants, when they meet Allah, will be confronted with things that they never expected. For example he could be unaware of what his hands have wrought, not paying it any attention, then when his covering is lifted he will see these terrible matters, and have things confront him that he never catered for. This is why Umar said, 'If I had the dominion of the whole earth I would gladly ransom it to save me from the terror of the unveiling.' A hadith mentions, "Hope not for death for the terror of the unveiling is great. It is from the felicity of a person that Allah grant him long life and nourish him with penitence." [Ahmad]

One of the sages amongst the Salaf said, 'How many occasions of sorrow will one face on the Day of Judgment that did not even cross his mind.' In this vein Allah, Exalted is He says,

You were in heedlessness of this. Now We have removed from your covering from you, and pierc­ing is your sight this Day. [Quran, 50:22]