19 February 2012

Some Reminders

"This world is cursed along with all that is in it, except for these: the remembrance of Allah, what follows it (i.e. good deeds and whatever Allah loves), the scholar and the student." 
- Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Live according to your reality, without always envisioning the ideal life, one that is free from worry and toil. Accept life as it is and adapt accordingly to circumstances. Flawlessness and perfection are qualities that are foreign in this life. It is necessary for us to make amends; to take what is easy and leave what is difficult; and very frequently, to overlook the faults and mistakes of others.

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Truly, the life of this world is short and its treasures are few. The Hereafter is better and everlasting, and whosoever is afflicted here shall find his reward there. And whosoever works hard here shall find ease there. And as for those who cling to this world, who are attached to it, and who are in love with it, the hardest thing for them to bear would be to lose the world's comfort and riches: they desire to enjoy this life alone...What they perceive around them is this life alone: they are blind to its impermanence and insignificance.

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When Allah, the Exalted, takes something away from you, He compensates you with something better, but only if you are patient and seek your reward from Him.

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It is impossible for things to remain the same. The days and years rotate, the future is unseen, and everyday Allah has matters to bring forth. You know it not, but it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass. And verily, with hardship, there is relief.

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The important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, a bridge that we do not cross until it comes, or a bridge that will collapse before we reach it, or we may actually reach it and cross it safely. 

Since you are absorbed in the toils of today, leave tomorrow until it comes. Beware of becoming unduly attached to future prospects in this world. 

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Former days are gone and done with, and you benefit nothing by carrying out an autopsy over them, by turning back the walls of history...

Episodes of the past are finished with; sadness cannot retrieve them, melancholy cannot make things right...

Everything on earth marches forward, preparing for a new season - so should you.


[Source: Don't Be Sad by Dr. Aidh Al Qarni]