You are on camera!

Imagine this. You are speeding on the road. The police officer catches you, pulls you over and gives you a speeding ticket.  What would your reaction be, next time you are driving especially driving through the same road. You would naturally slow down! Or you are stealing from your prayer (i.e. racing through it), you glance over and it seems like your friends might be looking at you. Your reaction…. In these and in countless other situations, we refrain from doing bad because we fear that we might be caught or someone might be looking at us. Most of the times, we are not even full 100% sure and yet we change our behavior.  But how about Allah, the ever watchful, who we know with certainty is always watching us. How much are we aware of Him? Lets look at some examples:

  • While the khaleefah of the Muslims, Umar (RA) passed by a home where a girl and her mother were differing over whether to mix water in with the milk they intended to sell to the Muslims. The mother said to mix water with the milk so that they may sell more and the daughter reminded her that even if the Khaleefah couldn’t see them committing wrong, Allah is Al-Baseer (Always All-Watching). Umar (RA) was soo taken by the vigilance of this girl he married her to his son who later produced righteous offspring.
  • A man who was successful wealthy man Nooh ibn Mariam, had
    a beautiful daughter and had a slave (Mubarak). He called his
    slave and told him to take care of his garden. One day he went
    to visit the garden and ordered Mubarak to get him a cluster of
    grapes. He brought the grapes they turned out to be bitter and
    he did this 3 times and each time they were bitter. Nooh
    became upset and said to Mubarak that don’t you know the
    difference between bitter and sweet grapes. He said By Allah I
    have never tasted a single grape because you ordered me to
    take care of your garden. Nooh was impressed and proposed
    that he marry his daughter. The result of that marriage was
    ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak.
  • Luqman, the wise, when he advised his son, he said: “[And Luqman said], “O my son, indeed if wrong should be the weight of a mustard seed and should be within a rock or [anywhere] in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Indeed, Allah is Subtle and Acquainted [31:16] This advise came even before he advised his son about salah, enjoining good and forbidding evil. This shows the importance of being vigilant. This is a very good lesson for parents as well. They can’t be with their kids all the time so they need to cultivate this feeling of consciousness into the young minds. This way no matter wherever they are,  they will always remember that Allah is watching over them.

Action Steps:

  1. Check out the verses: 50: 16 – 18 and post the translation in the comments.  Be the first one to post!
  2. Any time you think about committing some sin, remind yourself that Allah, the AlRaqeeb is watching over you.
  3. If you are trying to get rid of some bad habit, copy the verse 96:14 on a piece of paper and stick it in the place of temptation (TV, computer, mp3 player…..)
  4. Watch this video and find out which of the 5 advices relates closely to our topic (post in the comments)
  5. Make dua that Allah makes us among these people who are always aware of His presence.
  6. Pray for me


  • Sheikh Riad. Lecture. AlMaghrib.  A Heart Serene. August 2008

5 thoughts on “You are on camera!

  1. Aamir


    “We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. When the two Receivers receive (him), seated on the right hand and on the left, He uttereth no word but there is with him an observer ready.”


  2. Aamir


    “Is he then unaware that Allah seeth?”

    InshAllah pray for me too that I can become aware of Allah’s omnipresence and remember my Lord in every thing that I do. Amin.

    Aamir S

  3. BrownS

    Jazakallahu khair. This is indeed a very beneficial reminder, especially the examples from the lives of the Salaf. Your point about us sometimes changing our behavior even when we’re not fully sure if someone is watching is very true.

    And those verses from Surah Qaaf are very powerful too subhanAllah. I pray we can internalize these reflections and filter our actions and thoughts.

    Some points of benefit from the tafseer of those verses that my teacher went over:
    – most of the time even we forget what our nafs or qareen whispered to us at some point in the past, but Allah SWT knows all! Not just what we did, but what was going through our minds.
    – Allah has deputed his malaikah to record everything that we do – they are qa’eed – fixed and saddled there forever, following us wherever we go.
    – these verses and the following ones point to the unbreakable connection between this life and the next, that we will be held accountable for our actions. What is this connection? Everything is recorded!
    – the more we learn about dar-al-akhirah, the more pervasive it’s influence will be on our daily actions.

  4. Hameedah

    SubhanAllah! Jazakum Allahu Khayran…May Allah guides us to righteousness like of those whom he has favored.

    Surah Qaf: (15) We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (16) When the two Receivers receive (him), seated on the right hand and on the left, (17) He uttereth no word but there is with him an observer ready. (18) And the agony of death cometh in truth. (And it is said unto him): This is that which thou wast wont to shun.

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