Akhirah ? duniya ? Priority ?

Tomorrow is never promised to
anyone; but Standing before Allah SWT on the
Judgement Day is ! You are preoccupied with everything of
this world and you hardly give a
moment to think about the hereafter.
Ask yourself this question my dear
brothers and sisters,
“Did you even once think about working or doing something for the
hereafter, today?”. Indeed the answer from most of you
would be “No”. How strange this is, because the first
matter which our righteous salafs used
to discuss in the morning were about
their afterlife and what would become
of them in the hereafter. It is reported that Imam Al-Awza’i –
(Allaah have mercy on him) – said:
At the time of Fajr, or a while before it,
the Salaf would be as if birds were
sitting on their heads: (still )
concentrating on themselves [and their worship], so much so that even if one
of their closest friends came to them
after having been parted from them,
they would not notice him. They would
remain in this state until just before
sunrise. Then, they would meet each other and sit in the circles. The first
thing they would discuss is the matter
of their afterlife and what would
become of them in the hereafter. Then
they would begin the circles of Quran
and Fiqh study. [Ibn ‘Asakir, Tarikh Dimishq 35:184,
185.] Why have we become like this? It is because of our distance from the
life of the best generations.
You don’t know what they felt
regarding the hereafter and this wordly
life. Yes, dear brothers and sisters, you are
unaware, and this is why you are sitting
now at the luxury of your home, selling
your aakhirah for this dunya with every
passing moment. Brothers and sisters, “Leave the dunya, before this dunya
leaves you”. Strive for the aakhirah.
Strive to be like the three best
generations of Islam. It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basri
(rahimahullaah)often used to say, “O youth! Seek the hereafter, for we
often see people pursuing the hereafter
and finding it as well as the dunyah
(worldly well being), but we have
never seen anyone pursue the dunyah
and gain the hereafter as well as the dunyah.” [Al-Bayhaqi, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabir,
article 12] Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh Al-Raazee said: “Son of Aadam; you seek the world as if
your very life depended on it and you
seek the Hereafter as if you have no
need of it! You will acquire what you
need from this world even if you do not
run after it, but you will only attain the Hereafter if you run after it. So be aware
of your true condition!” [“The Journey Of The Strangers”, By Al-
Aajurree, p. 67] It is reported that ‘Awn b. ‘Abdillaah
(Allaah have mercy on him) – said: “Those before you used to give to their
worldly affairs what was left over from
their pursuit of the hereafter. But today,
you give to the matters of the hereafter
the left-overs from your pursuit of
worldly affairs. ” [Abu Nu’aym, Hilyat Al-Awliya’ 10:242.]


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