Monday, June 29, 2009

Remembering death - Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani


"If you would remember death, your enjoyment of this world would diminish and your abstinence from it would increase. When our end is death, how can we find happiness in wordly things? As the Prophet s.a.w has said: Every runner has a goal, and the goal of every living being is death.

Death is the end of sorrows and of joys, of wealth and poverty, of hardship and ease, of sickness and pain. When someone dies, he experiences his resurrection, and what was distant comes to be near as far as he is concerned. All that you are involved in is crazy delusion. You must detach your heart, your secret (sirr) and your inner being (bathin) from all your present involvements. This world is for a finite term, while the hereafter is for an infinite eternity. Your life in this world is for a finite term, while your life in the hereafter is for an infinite eternity."

Innalillahi wa inna ilai hiraji'un.
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.

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