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Friday, May 14, 2004  

The Length of the Day of Arising On that Day all created beings shall stand heartbroken, their eyes raised aloft. They shall not speak, and no attention shall be paid to their circumstances for three hundred years, during which time they shall eat not a morsel and drink not a drop, and fail to find therein any cool breeze. Said Ka’b and Qatada [interpreting the text], On the Day when mankind shall rise to the Lord of the Worlds:(LXXXIII:6) ‘They shall stand for a period of three hundred years’. Said ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar, ‘The Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) recited this [same] verse, then asked, “How shall you fare, when God has gathered you together as arrows are gathered in a quiver for fifty thousand years and does not look at you?”’(Hakim, IV. 572; Tabarani, al-Mu’jam al-Kabir (Haythami, Majma’, VII. 135)) Said al-Hasan, ‘What think you of a Day in which men shall stand on their feet for a period of fifty thousand years, eating not a morsel and drinking not a drop, until, when their throats are lacerated by thirst and their bellies burned up with hunger, they are taken away to Hell and given to drink from a boiling spring,(LXXXVIII:5) whose heat had already been prepared, and the scorching of which had grown intense? When they are at the end of their strength, and their endurance is exhausted, they ask around of one another, trying to find a man who is honorable in the sight of his Lord, that he might intercede on their behalf. But no sooner do they congregate around a Prophet then he sends them away, saying, “Leave me! Myself! Myself! My plight has made me heedless of the plight of others!” And each one asks to be excused [the duty of Intercession] because of the great wrath of God (Exalted is He!), saying, “Today our Lord is angered as He has never be again”. Then our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) intercedes on behalf of those for whom this is permitted; none possesses the right of Intercession save he who is permitted this by the All-Merciful and whose speech is pleasing to Him.’(XX:109) Ponder, then, the length of that Day and the intensity of the anticipation which must then be endured, that perhaps endurance in the face of sin in your fleeting life in this world may grow easier for you. Know also that when one’s waiting for death in this world becomes lengthy as a result of one’s great acts of fortitude in the face of one’s desires, then one’s waiting upon that Day will be of especially brief duration. The Emissary of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, upon being questioned about the length of that Day, ‘By Him in Whose hand lies my soul, it shall be shortened for the believer until it becomes briefer for him than the prescribed prayer which he used to perform in the world.’(Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, III. 75; Ibn Hibban (Haythami, Mawarid, 638); Abu Ya’la, al-Musnad (Haythami, Majma’, X. 337)) Strive, therefore, to be among those believers. As long as a single breath of your lifetime remains this affair and the preparations for it lie in your hands. So labor during days that are short for others which shall be lengthy, and you shall reap a gain of unceasing joy. Consider your lifespan to be short, and that of the world itself (which is seven thousand years), for were you to remain steadfast for seven thousand years in order to escape from a Day the length of which if fifty thousand, your gain would be immense, and your effort paltry indeed. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, The Remebrance of Death and the Afterlife (Kitab Dhikr al-Mawt wa-ma Ba'dahu); Book XL of The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum ad-Din)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/14/2004 02:41:00 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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