Real enjoyment of this world is only achieved by being steadfast and firm in matter of one’s religion. The happy person is the one who succeeds in making good use of his health in this world. The increase in one’s rank in Paradise depends on one’s meritious deeds. The best thing one can occupy oneself with is the knowledge of Sharee’ah and whatever besides that is of secondary importance. When there is no knowledge, there will be misguidance. It is better to give priority to more important matters; for toiling in search of knowledge that caters for one’s well-being in this world and the Hereafter is better than toiling for the mere enjoyment of this life. The fruit of this life are only knowledge and good deeds.
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Fear Allah as He should be feared; for it is the fear of Allah that makes things easy for one and prevents evil and undesirable things.
This Life is nothing but temporary sister as Muslim we should be thinking about our place in Jannah for the hereafter eternal.
The All-Mighty Allah `The Exalted,' says describing this world:...Truly, the life of this world is nothing but a [quick passing] enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.)(Qur'an 40:39)
He has also warned mankind of the trial that children and possessions represent, saying: (And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward.) (Qur'an 8:28)
The All-Mighty Allah also forbids us to long for what he has bestowed on others: (And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them [polytheists and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah], the splendor of the life of this world, that We may test them thereby...) (Qur'an 20:131)
There are many Qur'anic Verses, which dispraise the life of this world and invite mankind to exploit their efforts for the Hereafter. Allah's Messenger (saw) `Blessings and Peace be upon him' said: "My similitude and that of the life of this world is that of a traveler who took a rest at mid-clay under a shade of a tree and then left it." (Narrated by Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi Ibn Majah and Al-Haakim)
The Prophet (saw) also urged the Muslims to prepare for death and to take provisions for the Hereafter, He said: "Be in this world like a stranger, or a wayfarer." (Narrated by Bukhari)
Whenever we see the people pouncing for worldly legal and illegal benefits, we remember what the Prophet (saw) said: "When the All-Mighty Allah gives a person whatever he loves of the worldly benefits despite his disobedience, then that is a gradual enticement." (Narrated by Ahmad and Al-Bayhaqi)
Those who hold on to the false life of the world, yearning for material benefits may be distracted from obedience, worship and performing their religious duties on time and in a perfect manner.
The Prophet (saw) said: The Hour (of Resurrection) has drawn near, whereas the people have become more greedy for the life of the world and more remote from Allah. [Narrated by al-Haakim]
Collecting worldly benefits by legal means and spending them for legal ends is worship that brings a person close to Allah. But collecting them by illegal means or spending them for illegal ends leads only to Hell. Yahya Ibn Mu'adh (ra) `May Allah be pleased with him' said: "I don't order you to abandon life but to abandon sins. Abandoning life is a virtue and abandoning sins is a duty, so your need for this latter is greater than your need for the former."
The All-Mighty Allah says: (And put forward to them the example of the life of this world: it is like the water [rain] which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But [later] it becomes dry and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything.) (Qur'an 18:45)
The believer's resolution is attached to the Hereafter and everything in the life of this world reminds him therewith. We see, for instance, when a group of craftsmen enter in a house each of them focuses on the part that constitutes his specialization; a carpenter looks at the doors and windows, a mason looks at the walls and a draper looks at the sheets and cloth. When a believer sees darkness he remembers the darkness of the grave, when he sees a painful sight he remembers Allah's torment, when he sees sleeping people he remembers dead people in their graves and when he sees pleasures he remembers Paradise.
Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud (raa) said: "O people! You are in the passage of day and night. Your life span is decreasing. Your deeds are kept and death comes suddenly. Everyone will harvest what he has sown. A covetous man cannot get what Allah has not predestined for him. Whoever is given good that is from Allah, and whoever is saved against evil, then Allah is his Protector. The pious people are masters, jurists are leaders and being in the company of such people is a benefit."
Abu Darda' (raa) said: "Before Islam I used to be a merchant, and after the advent of Islam I was busy with commerce and worship, but it was so difficult for me to combine the two, that I renounced commerce and turned towards worship."
This does not mean that man should absolutely abandon working for his sustenance, but that the pleasures of this life should not be his main objective. Islam urges man to work and considers that a holy activity if the intention is sincere and the person is loyal.
Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud (raa) said: "Whoever seeks the life of this world damages his rewards in the Hereafter, and whoever seeks rewards in the Hereafter, damages the pleasures of this life. You should therefore damage this transient life for the sake of the permanent one."
The life of this world has a big share in ourselves. We talk only about its pleasures and feel sorry for what we miss thereof. Even the social relations are now governed by material benefits. One of my neighbors was a high official who used to have many visitors. One evening I saw that man sitting in the middle of his garden with the door of his house wide-open but there wasn't even a single person with him. When I asked about the matter, I was told that the man had retired from the service that is why his visitors had disappeared because he could no longer offer his services.
A wise man said: "We seek four ends but we take the wrong ways: We seek riches in money whereas it is in contentment, we seek comfort in plenitude whereas it is in fewness, we seek dignity in the people whereas it is in piety, we seek pleasures in food and dresses whereas it is in Islam."
Al-Khurassani said: "I don't advise you to mind your life's affairs because I know that you are covetous to do so, but I advise you to mind the affairs of the Hereafter. Take from this temporary home to the eternal one. Consider this life as something that you have left, I swear by Allah you will leave it. Consider death as something that you have tasted, I swear by Allah you will taste it. And consider the Hereafter as a home that you have visited, I swear by Allah you will be there."
Al-Balakhl said: "The people say that they are Allah's slaves whereas they deal with him as free men, they say that Allah guarantees their sustenance but their hearts are fond of collecting worldly benefits, they say that death is inevitable but they behave as if they are not going to die. So their acts are contradictory to what they say."
Ibrahim Al-Taymi said: "I imagined myself in Paradise, eating of its fruits, drinking of its beverages and embracing my young beautiful wives. Then I imagined myself in Hell, eating of its poisonous plants, drinking boiling water and wrestling in my chains. I said to myself: "Which of the two do you prefer?" The answer was: "I want to go back to life to perform good deeds," I said: "You can do so, because that is just an imagination."
Salamah Ibn Dinar said: "Allah's Grace in what He has deprived me of is greater than that in what He has given me, because I see that the latter was given to other people and they are destroyed."
Zunnan Al-Misr said: "The ailment of the body is in sickness and that of the heart is in sins. A delicious meal cannot benefit the body when the person is sick and likewise, the heart cannot taste the sweetness of worship if it is full of sins."
Salman Al-Farsi said: "Three things astonished me till I laughed and three things caused my sorrow till I wept. The first three are: a man who seeks worldly pleasures whereas death seeks him, a man who is unmindful towards Allah's duty whereas Allah is not unmindful towards him and a man who laughs loudly whereas he does not know whether Allah is pleased or angry with him. And the second three are: being separated from Muhammad (2ft), being separated from my loved ones and being judged by Allah on the Day of Resurrection and not knowing whether I will be ordered to Paradise or to Hell."
The love of the life of this world became deep in our hearts. Day and night we are busy thinking about its pleasures and how to maximize our profits and multiply our gains. Whenever there is an appointment for a worldly matter the people go there so early and wait happily for the start. But when the call for prayer is made they are too lazy to go to the mosques and some of them do not even answer the call.
Said Ibn 'Abdul `Aziz said: "Whoever does good can wait for reward and whoever does wrong should not be surprised when tormented. Whoever avails of dignity without right inherits humiliation with right and whoever collects a wealth by wronging others Allah will impoverish him with justice."
Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: "The jurisprudent is the one who renounces worldly pleasures, seeks the Hereafter, knows well his religion, worships his Rabb regularly, protects the Muslim's honor, saves their wealth and advises them."
Collecting worldly pleasures is not an indicator of happiness. Many poor people (only with contentment in their hearts) are happier than very rich people.
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As for Du’a
"And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself,
humbly and with fear without loudness in words in the mornings,
and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.
Surely, those who are with your Lord (angels)
are never too proud to perform acts of worship to Him,
but they glorify His Praise and prostrate before Him."
The Noble Qur'an - Al-A'raf 7:205-206
"Supplication is the pith of worship."
Tirmidhi, Narrated Anas ibn Malik
"No one offers a supplication without Allah bringing him what he asks
or keeping away from him a like amount of evil,
provided he does not ask for something sinful or for breaking ties of relationship."
Tirmidhi, Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah
"If anyone finds pleasure in receiving an answer from Allah in times of difficulty,
he should make many supplications when times are easy."
Tirmidhi, Narrated AbuHurayrah, gharib tradition
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Do not be hasty sistet or give up. You never know it maybe that Allah has saved it for you in the Akhira or will grant it to you some time soon….
Aisha radhiallaahu anha said, "No believer makes Dua and
it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world
or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get
In fact, it is even wrong to never make Dua, "Whosoever
does not supplicate to Allah, He will be angry with Him."
[Saheeh Jaami`as-Sagheer #2414
Some of the Salaaf sayings:
1. `Umar radhiallahu `anhu is reported to have said, "I do not carry the worry of acceptance but the worry of du`a. If I am inspired on how du`a is made, acceptance will accompany it."
2. Abu Dharr radhiallahu `anhu said, "For (the purposes) cure, that much du`a, as there is salt in food, is sufficient."
3. Muwarriq said, "I do not find any example for the believer except a man in the sea on a log who calls: 'O my Lord, O my Lord.' Perchance He (`azza wa jall) may redeem him."
4. Qasim bin `Abd said, "I said to Anas bin Malik: 'O Abu Hamzah pray to Allah for us.' He said: 'Du`a is elevated by good deeds.'"
5. Ibn Mas`ud radhiallahu anhu said, "Allah does not accept du`a from the ostentatious, the one who flaunts and the one who is not serious, (He accepts only) from a person who praises and asks from his heart."
6. It is reported that `Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak saw a man who was asking Allah, and he had a pebble in his hand. So he said to him, "If you are asking Allah for any good do not ask Him holding a stone in your hand."
7. `Aishah radhiallahu `anha is reported to have said, "No believer makes du`a and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated."
8. `Abdullah ibn Abi Salih said, "Ta`us called upon me and I said to him, 'O Abu Abd al-Rahman, pray to Allah for me.' He said, 'Pray for yourself because He responds to the distressed one when he calls Him."