Posts Tagged ‘dunya’

Like a Summer Cloud

The greatest aid for him in [preferring the Everlasting Hereafter to the transient world] is to take a look at the state of the Messenger (salAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his biography as well as his Companions. The fact that they renounced the world, turned their hearts away from it and discarded it. They never accustomed themselves with it and instead deserted it. They never inclined towards it and they regarded it to be a prison and not a heaven, and thus, abstained from it in a true manner. And if they had desired it they would have acquired every loved thing and arrived at every cherished matter from it. Indeed, the keys to the treasures of the world were offered to the Prophet (salAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) but he rejected them. The world also poured out to the Companions but they did not opt for it and did not exchange their portion of the Hereafter for the world.

They knew that the world was a crossing point and passageway, not a place of dwelling and settling, that it was a place of transit (‘uboor) and not a place of happiness (suroor) and it was a summer cloud which will soon disperse and an apparition no sooner is it completed than is it on the brink of departure.


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The Reality of This Dunya

Rub al-Khali Desert

The following are notes taken from the lecture ‘The Reality of This Dunya’ by Shaykh Abdullaah Al Bukhaari

  • Salama ibn Dinar Al ‘Araj, from the major ulama and scholar of hadeeth, said: Every bounty of Allaah, if it does not bring you closer to Allah, then it is a misfortune and an affliction upon you
  • Everything Allah has blessed you with, no matter how small or simple, if it doesn’t bring you to Allaah, it’s a problem, and Allah has established a proof against you
  • From these favours are: health, time, wealth
  • Therefore it is upon us to realize the tremendous favours Allah has blessed us with
  • Abdullah bin Mu’taz said: The ni’ma goes away very fast and it returns very slow
  • So if Allah doesn’t see the slave thankful, and it doesn’t bring about acts of obedience and following the Messenger, then no doubt, these favours are an affliction upon the person
  • But if he is thankful, then he is amongst the Muhajireen, those who make hijrah to Allaah ta’ala
  • (more…)

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