“Do not bear witness for any of the people of Islaam (i.e that he is a person of Paradise or of the fire) due to the good or bad deed, since you do not know what his final action before his death will be. You hope for Allaah’s Mercy for him and you fear for him because of his sins. You do not know what has been destined for him at he time of his death ¹ as regards repentance and what Allaah has destined for that time if he dies upon Islaam. You hope for Allaah’s Mercy for him and you fear for him because of his sins.”
[Excepted from: Explanation of the Creed of Imaam al-Barabahaaree (rahimahullaah), (d. 329H), Page 44]
1 Al-Miqdaad ibn al-Aswad (radiallaahu anhu) said: I will not say anything good or bad about a person until I see how he ends, after something I heard from the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam). It was said: “What did you hear?” He said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam) say, “The heart of the son of Aadam is agitated more severly than the cooking pot when it boils.” (Reported by Ahmad, Al-Haakim and Ibn Abee `Aasim in as-Sunnah (no.226). Declared Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (5023).
Anas (radiallaahu anhu) reports that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Do not be delighted by the action of anyone until you see how he ends up.”(Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Abee `Aasin in as-Sunnah (347-353) and declared saheeh by Shaikh al-Albaanee in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (no. 1334)