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Sunday, May 16, 2004  

Youth (according to Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya the age fifteen to thirty-five years) After the onset of puberty, the first stage of youth begins, a stage where energy is abundant and strength is continually increasing, which means that it is the stage most suited for winning rewards, doing good works, and avoiding sins and reprehensible acts. However it is also a hazardous stage of which one should be wary, for many or even most young people are inclined toward worldly desires, and prefer immediate pleasures to decent actions and observances. It is unusual to find a youth established in obedience, longing for good works, and neglectful of the worldly desires and ephemeral pleasures. ‘Your Lord wonders at a young man who shows no passions.’ [Hadith] And the Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, included among the seven that God will shade with His shade ‘on the day when no shade shall exist save His’, a ‘young man who grew up in the service of God’. It has been related that God the Exalted said: ‘O young man, who has abandoned his passions for My sake: you are to Me as are some of My angels.’ Hence young people should be very careful to protect themselves against being dragged into God’s wrath and painful chastisement simply by their youthfulness; let them instead make it into a means and ladder leading up to the good pleasure of God and His tremendous reward. Let them remember the advice of God’s Messenger, upon whom be blessings and peace, for he has more compassion and solicitude for us than ourselves, our fathers, and our mothers. He said: ‘Seize [the opportunity to make use of] five [things] before five [other things catch up with you]: your youth before you grow old, your health before you fall sick, your leisure before you are occupied, your wealth before you grow poor, and your life before you die.’ And he said, upon whom be blessings and peace: ‘The feet of a servant will not move away [from where he stands on the Day of Rising] until he is asked about five things: his life, and how he expended it, his youth, and in what he exhausted it, his wealth, and where he obtained it and on what he spent it,’ etc. Youth is the time when acquiring merit, knowledge, and attaining to positions of religious leadership and eminence are possible. One poet said: If a youth has nothing to boast of when he reaches twenty years, he’ll never have anything to boast of. Another declared: If you do not prevail in the nights of youth, Then you shall never prevail, though you live long. Is most of your life other than youth? Take what you can from it, and neglect it not. Those of our righteous predecessors who lived long in the way of God and in His obedience used to urge young people to seize the chance offered by their youth, saying: ‘Use your youth before you became like us: old, feeble and too weak to perform many acts of goodness.’ They said this even though despite their circumstances they were outstripping youngsters in striving for God, and in zeal and determination in His obedience. -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, Lives of Man



posted by Abubak'r | 5/16/2004 06:09:00 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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