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Saturday, February 26, 2005  

The Suddenness of Death Allah Almighty can make death occur without any apparent cause, and He can make it come suddenly at any moment. It is by no means certain that a man who enjoys good health will live for a long time or that a man who is young has a long life in front of him. Death comes to both young and old, healthy and sick. A man may die in the best of health or when very young, and a sick man may live until he reaches a great age. Because Allah Almighty loves us He does not desire us to be deluded by life or to be confident that it will last a long time. We must expect the end at any time, so that we hasten to perform good deeds and refrain from acts of disobedience. If I knew for certain that I would die at the age of fifty or sixty, then I would commit acts of disobedience, wrong people and take unlawful wealth until I reach a year or two before my appointed term and then repent to Allah and do good. If this were to be the case the world would be full of acts of disobedience and there would be very little good. But when I know that my life could end at any moment, I hasten to do good. That is why Allah describes His righteous servants who have a high position, at the head of whom are the Prophets, as people of action. "They outdid one another in good actions, calling out to Us in yearning and in awe." (21:9) Outdoing one another in good actions is desirable because tomorrow is not guaranteed. This is part of the wisdom inherent in the concealment of the time of death. It makes us hasten to return to the Path of Allah before death surprises us at any moment, day or night. - Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli al-Sha'rawi, The End of the World



posted by Abubak'r | 2/26/2005 06:01:00 PM |
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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