If Allah were to punish mankind for all the wrong that they do, He would not leave on the earth a single living creature. (16:61)
The question is: If we should constantly ask for forgiveness, and make every effort to do good, then what can be the reason why we will find ourselves in such a situation.
Allah tells us that a simple act can nullify all the good that we may have done. He says;
O you who believe, lift not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor shout when speaking to him; as you shout to one another; lest your deeds become vain and you perceive it not. (49:2)
Some people may argue that this command was applicable to the Muslims in the time of the Prophet (pboh), and does not refer to us. This is not so as the Prophet (pboh) is always with the believers in a way that we may not be able to understand. Allah says:
Know that among you is the Messenger of Allah (49:7)
So we are to carry on our lives with the knowledge that Allah is very close to us; and His Messenger is also very close to us. Allah says:
It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him; for We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. (50:16)
The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves. (33:6)
Because the Messenger is very close to us, he feels sad every time a believer commits an error. Allah tells us about this in the following verse:
Now has come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves it grieves him that you should perish. (9:128)
Some people may be thinking that the Prophet (pboh) is a human being, and has already left this world, then how it is possible for him to connect to every human being, past, present and future.
Creatures of lower status than the Messenger, can do this, e.g. Satan and his workers. Allah says:
Lo; he (Satan) sees you, he and his tribe from where you cannot see them. (7:27)
So if Satan can see us why is it impossible for the Prophet (pboh) who is the greatest in creation not to be able to see us.
The essence of this Message is that we should develop love and respect for the Prophet (pboh); and try our best to follow him if we want to get Paradise. He is reported to have said:
None of you will have faith till he loves me more that his father, children and mankind (Bukhari)