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Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Importance of Working for the Next Life

By Sheikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Uthaymeen

All praise is for Allah who created the Sun and the moon as lights and fixed them in their positions in order that you may tell the time and know (when) the reckoning (is). All p...raise is for the one who made the night and day different for the one who wants to be mindful or thankful. I bear witness that there is no deity worshipped in truth other than Allah who is alone and without partner, owner of the dominion and all praise, from Him is the beginning and to Him is the end. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the best and most virtuous of those who worship Allah and repent to Him, may peace and blessings be upon him, his family, companions, and all that follow him in perfection.
Fear Allah the Most High and reflect over these days and nights which are only a phase you are passing through to the next life where you will end your journey. Every day, every hour, every minute that passes draws you further away from this world and closer to the next. These days and nights contain your actions like a chest, preserved for you as a witness to what you did of good and evil. So blessed is he who took advantage of the opportunity to get closer to Allah. Blessed is he who was busy with obedience and refraining from sin. Blessed is he who took a lesson from the differing and changing affairs and situations using it as an evidence for what Allah possess of great wisdom and hidden treasure, Allah the Mighty and Majestic says;

Allah causes the night and the day to succeed each other (i.e. if the day is gone, the night comes, and if the night is gone, the day comes, and so on). Truly, in these things is indeed a lesson for those who have insight. (An-Nur 24:44)

Do you not see the sun as it rises every day from the east and sets in the west? This contains the greatest of lessons. It’s rising and setting is an indication that this life is not permanent rather it is rising and setting and will fade away. Do you not see the moon and how it appears as a small crescent at the beginning of the month just like a baby is born and gradually develops and just as the body develops until it reaches maturity and then gradually degrades and decays so does life, so take a lesson from this. Allah the Mighty and Majestic says;

Allah is He Who created you in (a state of) weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave (you) weakness and grey hair. He creates what He wills. And it is He Who is the All Knowing, the All Powerful (i.e. Able to do all things). (Ar-Rum 30:54)

Look at the years and how they come year after year. I new year comes and you look at it like something long and the days begin to pass by quickly in the blink of an eye and before you know it you reach the end of the year. This is how life is. You see death as something far away looking at your life as something long and before you know it time has caught up with you;

And the stupor of death will come in truth: “This is what you have been avoiding!” (Qaf 50:19)

It is possible that someone go through his life in hope and taking delight in being secure and all of a sudden that hope is lost and the security is gone.

Today you are leaving behind you the previous year which was a witness and entering a bright new year. If only I would be aware of what I left behind me in the previous year and with what I was entering the new year with, so let everyone take himself to account and look into his own affair and if he fell behind in some of his obligations then let him repent to Allah and make up that which he missed out on. If he oppressed his own self by committing sin then let him remove it from his habits before it is too late and then his time comes. If he was of those whom Allah blessed with uprightness within his ability then he is too praise Allah for that and ask Him to make him firm upon it until he meets his end. Faith is not by hopes and embellishment rather it is that which is revered by the heart and attested for by action. Repentance is not just words but it is remorse for what was done of sin, leaving those actions, and looking to Allah for aid in rectifying actions and supervision. So realize and actualize true faith and sincerely repent to the Most Merciful while you are still able. The Prophet Sallallahualeihiwasallam admonished a man and said, “Take advantage of five things before five things; your youth before your old age, your health before sickness, your wealth before poverty, your free time before you are busy, and your life before your death.” In youth there is determination and strength and when old age sets in determination wears thin and strength becomes weakness and one is not able to overcome that aging. With good health there is happiness and energy and when you become sick you become weak and performing deeds is difficult. With wealth comes ease and free time and if you become poor you are worried and become busy providing a life for yourself and family. Life has vast opportunity for deeds and action and when you die all of that is cut off. Thus you should take a lesson from this sermon and measure what remains of your life as it will pass by very quickly just as that which has already passed did. Do what you can of righteous action for everything that is coming is close and all that is in this life will perish. Allah the Most High said;

The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning. (An-Nazi’at 79:46)

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