Life in this World
In Islam, we believe that every human goes through four stages of life: life in the womb, life in this world, life in the grave, and life in the hereafter.
It is important to know that each stage is significant in its own way. However, since we are living in our second stage of life, we have to be cautious of what to expect. We believe that there are two Kiraman Katibeen (noble writers) that record every feeling, action, and thought that crosses our mind.
One might be thinking, thoughts?
Yes, we are accountable for what we think. This may frighten some as it should. We are accountable for every breath we take. However, Allah is the All-Just and would never punish the bad as much as he would reward the good.
Allah states that if we have a good thought and do not act upon it, then Allah will write it down as one full good deed. If we have a good thought and we do act upon it, then Allah will write it down between ten and seven hundred fold. On the other side, if we have a bad thought and act upon it, we will gain one sin. If we have a bad thought and do not act upon it, then Allah will write it down as one complete good deed. This is the mercy of Allah.
This also brings into question whether or not we are knowingly committing a bad sin. To avoid situations of ambiguity, even when we are driving, in class, walking down a hallway,or waiting in line, we should constantly be seeking forgiveness through repentance and istighfar.
Engaging in such precautions will guarantee us a peaceful passage in the Life of the Grave and inshallah the highest level of Jannat ul Firdous in the Life of the Hereafter.