Remember that you are only a visitor

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) took hold of his shoulder and said, “Be in the world as if you are a stranger, or a traveler.”

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “If you survive to the evening, do not expect to be alive till the morning. If you survive to the morning, do not look forward to the evening. In a healthy condition, prepare yourself for illness and while you are alive prepare yourself for death.”

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The Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) said, “What have I to do with the world? In connection with the world, I am just like a rider who sits under the shade of a tree, then goes off and leaves it.” [Tirmidhi – hadith 2377; Ibn Majah – hadith 4109; Musnad Ahmad – hadith 1/391]

Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyad’ said to a man, “How old are you?” The man replied, “Sixty years.” Al- Fudayl said, “You have been traveling to your Lord for sixty years. You about to arrive at your destination.” The man said, “To Allah we shall return.” Al-Fudayl said, “Do you know its interpretation? When a person knows that he is a slave and that he will return to Allah, he knows that he is to be asked about his deeds. If he knows that he will be asked, he should prepare answers to the questions.” The man said, “What shall I do?” Al-Fudayl said, “It is an easy matter.” The man said, “What is it?” Al-Fudayl said, “You should stick to the straight path the rest of your life and Allah will forgive the past sins. If you committed sins for the rest of your life, you will be held accountable for the deeds you have committed throughout your life.”

In the light of the above, a poet said, “If a man walks for sixty years to a destination, it will be very near.”

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) said, “There are two blessings which people lose: (They are) health and free time (for doing good).” [Bukhari – Kitab Ar-Riqaq (Book on Heart Softness), hadith 6412]

Ibn ‘Abbas reported that he heard the Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) preaching to a man and saying, “Seize five opportunities before five events; your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your richness before your poverty, your free time before your being occupied and your life before your death.” [Mustadrak Hakim – hadith 4/306, authenticated by Adh-Dhahabi]

Ghunaym bin Qays said, “We used to preach to each other at the beginning of Islam, saying, ‘O son of Adam, perform good deeds in your leisure time before you are busy, in your youth before your old age, in your health before your illness, in your life before your death and in this world before the Hereafter.’ ”

Abu Musa ‘Abdullah bin Qays Al-Ash‘ari reported that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) said, “Allah, the Exalted stretches out His hand at night so that one who committed evil during the day time may repent and stretches out His hand in the Daytime so that one who committed evil during the night may repent. (This continues) until the sun rises in the west.” [Muslim – Kitab At-Tawbah (Book on Repentance), hadith 31/2759][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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