I was driving on a local road by my house at about 50 mph. The speed limit on the road is 30 mph, but there is also a school zone which is 15 mph. Typically the average speed is around 40 mph on that road. As everyone knows people rarely follow the speed limit, and cops don’t mind as long as your not driving to fast On that day there was a cop hiding on one of the side streets within the school zone. I didn’t see him, until he had already fired the laser gun checking my speed. I knew from his reaction I was going to be pulled over.
He pulled me over and gave me a ticket. He was pretty nice and I was honest. The ticket was for going 49 mph in a 15 mph zone. Yeah that’s a really bad ticket. I could have received points on my license. So me, trying to be smart, I pleaded not guilty and sent in the ticket to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Last time I did this, I got away free without paying anything and nothing added to my record. Unfortunately, this time was a different case.
After waiting for 30 minutes in the court room. The cop showed up. The judge called me up. The cop then pulled out a bunch of papers and gave a whole lecture on his educational background, his experience as a cop, the laser gun which he used and then finally what happened on the day he pulled me over. So after a good 15 minutes of him talking, I felt like I was an idiot and the cop was a top world scientist and the judge was Albert Einstein.
The judge turned to me and said, “What do you have to say”. I told him about my record and how it’s really good and that I was simply flowing with traffic. The judge then said “Do you have anything else to say?”. I knew I was guilty then.
The ticket was $410 bucks.
What does this have to do with the “Akhirah Police”? A lot. Think of the road as your life. The car is your body. The speed limits are the boundaries of Islam. Even if everyone is crossing the boundaries, doesn’t mean you have to. Just because everyone was speeding, doesn’t mean I have to. Instead of the cop watching us when we drive we have the “Akhirah Police” or the two angels on our shoulders writing down everything we do.
The court is the Day of Judgment and the judge is Allah. The cop will be those angels that recorded our deeds. You will be the suspect. What proof will you have to defend yourself against your own actions on that day? We can get away from tickets from the dunya police but we can’t get away from tickets from the Akhirah Police.
Ali (ra) said, “The one who longs for Paradise will rush towards good deeds; the one who dreads Hell will put an end to his vices; the one who has firm conviction in [the imminent arrival of] death will lose all his passions; and the one who really knows the dunya will find disasters easy to bear.” (Source: page 21 of Preparing for the Day f Judgement by Imam Hajar al-‘Asqalani)
May Allah (swt) reduce the amount tickets from the Akhirah Police. Ameen!