Some ayaat mentioned in the Khutbah by Imam Dr. Shaheed Coovadia for pondering:
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُم بِٱلشَّرِّ وَٱلْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ
Every soul will taste death. And We test you O humanity with good and evil as a trial, then to Us you will all be returned. (21:35)
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
Verily. Allah would say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory's sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shadow when there is no other shadow but the shadow of Mine.
Sahih Muslim 2566, Book 45, Hadith 46