Do not be deceived
O human being,
by the pride and fun of this world!
Do not be afraid,
even if your body is cut to pieces in a dream,
for this world is but a dream!
- Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi
O son, I have been feeling bruised lately but was awakened to my senses when I came across Rumi's words of wisdom. He is right, as usual. So what if you get a hundred cuts, if you can differentiate which is real, which is not. And that you will wake up from your dream eventually and inevitably, at death. So fret not, if you have a bad dream on some days.
Osman Nuri Topbas, a Shaykh of Naqshbandi al-Khalidiah tariqa in Turkey said:
"It is ironic that a human being, who has only come to this world as a visitor for a short period, deceives himself in it. Although he may observe funerals daily, he thinks that his meeting with death is always far in the future. In his confusion, he believes that he is the genuine owner of the trust that may be taken away from him at any moment by his Creator. A human being in reality, after being dressed with a body and sent to this world, is a traveller towards death. He is irrevocably on a march towards death although he never reminds himself of this inevitability."
Ten years ago my late Ustaz Shuib advised, "Ezza you should say Inna lillahi wa inna ilai hira ji'un to yourself as often as you can and not wait for other people to die to say it."
Inna lillahi wa inna ilai hira ji'un