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Saturday, May 22, 2004  

The Ephemerality of this World If a soul be lax in recalling the brevity of worldly life and how soon it will be over, then let him reflect upon the words of God: ‘And on the day they see that which they are promised, it will be as if they had tarried but an hour’ (XLVI:35); ‘And on the day when they behold it, it will be as if they had but tarried an evening or a morning’ (LXXIX:46); ‘And they will be asked, “How many years have you tarried on earth?” They will say, “We tarried but a day or part of a day—ask those who keep count.” And He will say to them, “You tarried but a little, if you but knew”’ (XXIII:112-114); and finally, ‘On the day when the trumpet is blown, and the wrongdoers are gathered together on that day, and it is announced to them that they tarried but ten days—We are best aware of what they utter, for those who have followed their path say “You have tarried but a day.”’ (XX:102-104) One day, the Prophet was speaking to his companions when the sun, almost setting, touched the crests of hills and he said, ‘Relative to what has passed, there is as little time left in the world as there is in this day.’ (Part of a longer hadith in Tirmidhi, Fitan, 2117) Let the person of intelligence seeking counsel for himself reflect upon this hadith. Let him know what can befall him in the time that remains and ‘confused dreams’ (XII:44), and that he may be selling everlasting happiness and everlasting grace for a paltry price. But if he seeks God and the abode of the next world, he will be given his full measure and much more. As the saying goes, ‘Child of Adam, sell this world for the next and you will profit from them both. But do not sell the next world for this one, or you will lose them both.’ One of the early believers said, ‘Child of Adam, you are in need of your worldly portion and your portion in the hereafter, but you are more in need of the hereafter. If you put your worldly portion first, you shall lose that of the hereafter and threaten your worldly one. But if you put the hereafter first, you will succeed in your worldly portion and put it in its rightful place.’ (Paraphrasing a saying attributed to Mu’adh ibn jabal, quoted in Isfahani, Hilya 1.243) And ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz used to say in his sermons, ‘O ye people, you were not created in negligence, nor have you been left on your own. You have a destination where God, Most High, will judge among you and sort you out; ruined indeed and damned is the one whom God, Most High, puts outside His Mercy, ‘which envelops all things’, and outside His Heaven , ‘the breadth of which is that of the heavens and the earth’ But safety will be his morrow who fears and reveres God; who barters what is small for what is vast, what is ephemeral for what is eternal, what brings suffering for what brings joy. Do you not see that you are in the ranks of that which perishes and that you will be replaced hereafter by those who shall remain behind? Do you not see that each day you take to the grave a journeying towards God, his term fulfilled, his future hopes cut short, you put him in a place burrowed in the earth, neither smooth nor cushioned—stripped of means, friends departed and a reckoning ahead?’ (Quoted by Ibn Abi Hatim, and Ibn Kathir commentary of the Qur’anic verse XXIII:112) -Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, The Invocation of God (Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/22/2004 02:03:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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