An amazing lecture by Mohammad Hassaan
Do you find yourself occasionally lost in thought, worrying about your future or dwelling about your past, until you find it difficult to eat, sleep, or focus on anything you’re doing because things are not happening as quickly as you may want them to? Or maybe you get anxious about moving on, and the more you think about it, the more indecisive you become, so you end up like a land cruiser with its wheels stuck in the sand, where the harder you try to get it out, the deeper it sinks.
The best solution to get out of such times on uncertainty is to live in the “Now” timeframe, stop talking, discussing, and actually do something. Because a decision is not really made until the first step has been taken. Our problem is, we are always waiting for situations to be perfect so we can go ahead and do something. But the reality check, situations will never be perfect right from the start, and if something is meant to be, everything will fall into place while we’re at it. It reminds me of a quote about how life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
Also, let’s be real, nothing down the road is guaranteed. If we reflect on our pasts, and look at where we are right now; did we imagine that our life would turn out to be exactly as it had turned out to be? Even if we have accomplished our goals, probabilities are high that the exact details of what we’ve accomplished are different than what we had set in mind.
Besides that, there’s also the tortuous paths that lead to where we are; the short-cuts, the sharp corners, the wrong signs and the random incidents that seemed to make no sense while they were happening but made sense only afterwards when we sat to connect the dots. Because subhaan Allah, connecting those dots in our lives can be quite an interesting exercise, because it makes you believe in your heart that there’s no such thing as luck or coincidence…but that it’s all fate.
Yes, imagining ahead is good in the sense it helps you see where you want to go, and plan ahead. Also thinking about the past helps you see where you’ve been, and reinforces the lessons that you’ve learnt. But the problem lies when dwelling too much on something leads to the indecisiveness of the person at the crossroads who doesn’t know where to go so ends up not doing anything, and just sitting cross legged on the floor and waiting for something to appear without doing anything else…in hopes of…in case…if only…blah blah blah.
And then time; it just passes us by, and what would we have to show for it in the end? A depression or hole in the sand where we’ve sat and sunk into maybe?
There’s a quote by Will Rogers that goes; “Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
And remember that no matter how much we plan…lan yu9eebana illa ma kataba Allah lana
So I guess this is today’s reminder to myself before anybody else…
May Allah guide us all to the right path.
From the show “Choosing Islam” (or Wahadainahum)
Thanks to Dubai Girl for sharing this first on; http://dxb-girl.com/blog/ramadan-2010-shows/
وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ”من نفس عن مؤمن كربة من كرب الدنيا، نفس الله عنه كربة من كرب يوم القيامة، ومن يسر على معسر يسر الله عليه في الدنيا والآخرة، ومن ستر مسلمًا ستره الله في الدنيا والآخرة، والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه، ومن سلك طريقًا يلتمس فيه علمًا سهل الله له طريقًا إلى الجنة. وما اجتمع قوم في بيت من بيوت الله تعالى، يتلون كتاب الله، ويتدارسونه بينهم إلا نزلت عليهم السكينة، وغشيتهم الرحمة، وحفتهم الملائكة، وذكرهم الله فيمن عنده. ومن بطأ به عمله لم يسرع به نسبه” ((رواه مسلم)).
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (SallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam) said :
” Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever alleviates the need of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his needs in this world and the Hereafter. Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah will aid His Slave so long as he aids his brother. And whoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that Sakeenah (Tranquility) descends upon them, and Mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them amongst those who are with Him. And whoever is slowed down by his actions, will not be hastened forward by his lineage.”
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It’s already the 12th day of Ramadan. The days are not just racing by, they might as well have been fitted with a rocket engine because that seems to be the rate at which they’re flying. And with each second gone, a tiny fraction of our lives is disappearing, for what is life but a combination of seconds that make up minutes that make up days, months and years? And the question is, where are we going?
Whether we like to think about it or not, our end is one…we’re headed to our graves, and that’s just the beginning. We’ll be resurrected during the Hereafter and questioned about our lives on Earth. Did we worship Allah as He had asked to? What did we do for Islam? Are we prepared for that or are we just passing time?
Then some young people sit and claim, it’s too early to think about a somber topic such as death. Who said that? Did you ever turn to the obituaries page of a newspaper and check the ages of everybody there? There’s no certain age limit for death. When someone’s time is up, it’s up.
And it’s a sobering truth that our lives are not Playstation Games where we can restart the game everytime “Game Over” flashes across the screen. We get to live only once, so what are we doing about it?
Our lives are melting away…Ramadan is speeding by…we can never guarantee we’ll live to see the next one. We can never guarantee we’ll live to finish this one. Actually, we can guarantee nothing. How many iftar tables have an empty seat because its occupant is no longer around? How many masjed lines are missing a familiar face because of the same reason? When we listen to the athaan reverberating across the land, how many of us stop and think that maybe…just maybe…it might be the last one we hear before we die? So do we heed the call for prayers, or are we busy “passing time”?
Let’s reflect, and renew our pact with Allah. We live to worship Him, and carry on our worldly affairs with the intention of worshipping Him and helping the Muslim Ummah. Yes we have all sinned… a lot…and maybe the first step to repentance is hard. But let’s return to Allah with a sincere du’aa in the dead of the night, asking for His guidance and forgiveness.
For the best time to repent is now.
And let’s try to remove all the items that are adding nothing positive in our book of deeds, items that are a complete waste of time, and replacing them instead with beneficial work that will help us in this life and the Hereafter. So the time spent on facebook application games played could be better spent on reading the Quraan, and long commutes spent listening to useless radio stations, could be better utilized listening to beneficial lectures, and the time spent on low-fibre (= lowly informative) high-fat (= densely polluted) TV could be spent in performing extra prayers and asking Allah for His mercy and forgiveness. And this is a reminder to me before anyone else, lest we forget that when it comes to our lives, there’s no restart after the…