The Deception of this World #2

It is astonishing how people pounce on this worldly life and rush for its vanities. Is this their utmost goals and highest aims! It is as if they had been created only to collect its trifles and to run after its vanities. They dispute and fight each other for it; they neglect many of their obligations because of it. The matters of this worldly life cause many of them to be sad and worried. If one of them loses a paltry sum of money or misses some enjoyment, he will be filled with grief and sorrow. However, it will make no difference for him if he missed anything from the matters of his religion. It will make no difference if he missed the seasons of good or the times when invocations and supplications are answered.

Ibn al-Qayyim (May Allah have mercy on him) said, “The most deceived one is the one who is deceived by this temporal life, thus prefers it to the Hereafter, and who satisfactorily takes it as a substitute for the Hereafter. Some of those say, “The pleasure of this worldly life is like cash while the pleasure of the Hereafter is like credit; however, cash is better than credit.” Moreover, others say, “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.” Others add, “We are sure about the pleasures of this worldly life while the pleasures of the Hereafter are doubtful, so how could we leave the assured pleasures for the doubtful ones?” This is the greatest of Satan’s whispers and incitements. Animals are saner than those people are. If an animal fears the harm if it does something, it will never do it even if it is beaten. However, those indulge in explicitly harmful things; looking it; hesitant in believing its harm. If one of those believes in Allah, His messenger (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him), resurrection, and accounting, he is one of the most regretful people, because he does it

while he is aware of his wrongdoing. If he does not believe in Allah or His Messenger (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him), then away with him”

The Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) urged Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him and his father) to make his preparations for the Hereafter and not to lean to this worldly life, “Be in this worldly life like a stranger or a wayfarer.” (Reported by al-Bukhari) Abdullah ibn ‘Umar used to say, “When you survive till the evening do not expect to live until the morning; and when you survive till the morning do not expect to live until the evening.”

Allah has promised to punish those who are deceived by this worldly life and who prefer it to the Hereafter. The Glorified and Exalted has said, {Then for him who transgressed all bounds, (in disbelief, oppression and evil deeds of disobedience to Allâh). [37]. And preferred the life of this world (by following his evil desires and lusts), [38]. Verily, his abode will be Hell-fire;} [Surat An-Nâzi’ât: 37-39] Allah Almighty has also said, {Verily, those who hope not for their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present world, and those who are heedless of Our Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), [7]. Those, their abode will be the Fire, because of what they used to earn.} [Surat Yûnus: 7-8]
‘Umar ibn al-Khatab (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Woe to whom this world is his concern and sins are his deeds, this whose belly is fat and his brain is thick, and who is an expert in this worldly life while he is ignorant about the Hereafter.”

Who praises this worldly life for a pleasant living By Allah, shortly he will curse it.
If one losses it he will be sorrowed
And if he gets it he will be worried.

Al-Hassan was asked, “Who is the one most shouting on the Day of Judgment?” He said, “A man who was given a grace and he used it for disobeying Allah.”

Abdullah ibn ‘Awf said, “The people before us used to give for this worldly life the leftovers of their Hereafter. However, nowadays you allocate for the Hereafter the leftovers of your worldly life.”

Al-Hassan said, “By Allah in Whose Hand is my life, I have met people for whom this worldly life was more insignificant than the dust that they used to walk over.”

Malik ibn Dinar said, “The people of the worldly life have left it without tasting the sweetest thing in it.” He was asked, “What is it?” He said, “To know Allah Almighty well.”

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “The term of this worldly life, by Allah, is short, and its richest one is poor. I imagine you at the door of death, smelling the scent of alienation before you are gone, and picturing the effect of orphanage on your son. Hence, Give up carelessness, beware of heedlessness, and wipe out the love of this worldly life from your heart. As soon as one’s last dying breath is exhaled, he will wish to go back to this worldly life but it will be “no” that is said to him.”

Ibn al-Qayyim (May Allah have mercy on him) also said, “Be a son of the Hereafter not a son of this worldly life as the son always follows his mother.”
He added, “Leave the pleasure of this worldly life as it is carrion and lions do not eat carrion. It is not worthy of moving a step toward it let alone running after it.”

Mohamed ibn Wasi’ said, “Will you get astonished if you see someone weeping in Paradise?” It was said, “Sure.” He said, “The one who laughs in this worldly life though he does not know his fate in the Hereafter is more astonishing than him.”

Sa’îd ibn Mas’ud said, “When you see the slave of Allah pleased while his (pleasures of) worldly life is increasing and his (reward of) Hereafter is decreasing, then this is the deceived one who does not notice that he risks his fate.”

Ibn al-Jawzi said, “Whoever contemplates on being permanently in Paradise where there is perfectly calm, everlasting pleasure, and every wish is achieved, in addition to what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and the mind of no man has conceived and this is everlasting and unchangeable. It is not millions or billions of years; it is more. If one spends thousands of years adding zeroes before the number, Paradise will be more because these years are limited while Paradise is endless, but entering it is not obtained except by selling this worldly life. What is the length of one hundred years of life! Fifteen years of them are wasted in childhood, and thirty years, if it is to be after being seventy, in which one is weak and feeble, and half of the period from fifty to seventy is wasted in sleeping, other portions are wasted in eating drinking and earning living. What is left for worshipping, after all of that, is little. Would not one buy that permanent life for this tiny temporal one! Turning away from such a lawful this bargain is only a sign of exorbitant weakness of the mind and a flaw in believing the Promise (of paradise for the pious).”

Do not be sorry for this worldly life
Death will perish everything.
And work for the House of eternity, Radwan is its keeper The neighbor is Ahmed and the Most Merciful is its builder

Al-Hassan al-Basri said, “I wonder at who gets sad for losing his money, but does not get sad for losing his lifetime, I wonder at who runs after this worldly life and it is passing, and who neglects the Hereafter and it is coming.”

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