“O you who have believed, save yourselves and your households from a Fire whose fuel shall be the men and the stones, over which shall be appointed fierce and stern angels, who never disobey Allah’s Command and do as they are commanded.”
These two verses from two different Surahs of the Holy Qur’an make it abundantly clear that the Muslims should not only try their level best but pray to Allah to keep themselves and the members of their families on the path of righteousness just to earn the pleasure of Allah so that they all may be saved from the Fire of Hell and given a place in the Paradise.
The verse 66:6 tells that a person’s responsibility is not confined to making efforts to save himself from the punishment of God but it is also his responsibility that he should educate and train the members of his family also to become Allah’s favourite servants, who have been entrusted to his care in the natural process of life. And if some of the members of his family might be following a path to Hell, he should try, as far as he can, to correct them. His concern should not only be that his children should lead a happy and prosperous life in the world but more than that, he should be anxious to see that they do not become fuel of Hell in the Hereafter.
In the verse 25:65 the believers’ prayer for their own salvation and in the verse 25:74 their prayer for their wives and children have been cited: “Our Lord, make our wives and children true believers so that they should practise righteousness and become a source of comfort for us.” Their prayer shows that the true servants of Allah are more concerned about the salvation of their beloved ones in the Hereafter than the enjoyment of the world. They also pray that they should excel in piety, righteousness and good deeds; nay, they should become the leaders of the pious people so that they may lead them in the propagation of virtue and piety in the world.