…dear fellow travellers…it not just late…it is REALLY late…we dawdle and dodge…alert to distractions rather than alert to our real goal…death…that truncates all pleasures…severs them all with one sudden and almighty blow…waiting for the command to strike unannounced any second…who is ready?? who is sitting under the shade of a tree rather than the shade of bricks and mortar and elaborately decorated homes and gardens…
O dweller of lofty mansions, very soon you will be buried in the sand…
According to Hazrat Mujahid Rahmatullahi alaihi, when Adam alaihis salaam was sent to Earth, his Sustainer Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said, “O Adam! Construct buildings destined for destruction and ruination; and beget for death.”
Travellers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set.
Every soul shall have a taste of death. (3:185)
Wherever you are, death will find you out. Even if you are in towers built up strong and high. (4:78)
O you who believe fear Allah as He should be feared and die not except in the state of Islam. (3:102)
Death is a coming together.
The human seed goes down into the ground like a bucket,
and comes up with some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here, and immediately opens
with a shout of joy there.
…Think of your death often…not a single day passes when the grave does not call out: “I am a wilderness, I am a place of dust, I am a place of worms”…
Hasan al Basri Rahmatullahi alaihi said that, when Allah Ta’ala created Adam alaihis salaam and his progeny, the angels expressed much concern about the world being insufficient to accommodate all of them but Allah Ta’ala assured them by declaring, “I shall create death!”
Hearing this, the angels became disturbed and when they remarked that it would instill fear and remove the pleasure of life, Allah explains, “I shall create hope and ambitions.” Ibn Abi Shaybah
Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real Sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.
Don’t let your throat tighten with fear. Take sips of breath all day and night, before death closes your mouth.
The most intelligent person is the one who often remembers death. Constant remembrance of it prevents one from evil and sin and motivates him towards good morals. The Holy Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “The remembrance of death defeats joy.”
Travellers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi Rahmatullahi alaihi
…photo credit story…the brief version…during the last ten days of Ramadhan a family from what I consider to be the Ikram enclave of the Universe were neighbours in our City of Light!! About fifteen years ago, for three long years, people in this small community honoured this humble speck with the purest of sincerity…seeking rewards only from Allah Ta’ala, SubhanAllah…residing there is the one I call the ‘Queen of Ikram’…the family who were recently blessed to be here are akin to her …at the time a small cheeky toddler would visit with his mother…let’s call her ‘Princess of Ikram’…while I was attempting to train a rather feeble mind with subjects Islamic…he would love to sneakily rustle through my pencil case as we adults chatted…clasping a pencil or eraser and proceed to not throw, but ‘place’ them on an open window we sat in front of…and then indicate he was about to drop them over the edge…it became a cute game that was repeated over and over… but like games with such tiny ones, the play was met with feined astonishment on every occasion…over the three years I was blessed to see this little one grow into a very caring and yes, like his family, and so many families nearby, he too learnt the beautiful trait of Ikram…or honouring the other. I recall how he would even offer chocolate to me before eating any himself…a rare form of giving and sharing from one so young…I would call him the ‘Prince of Ikram’…(this is meant to be the brief version)…so when he came accompanying his family this Ramadhan he was a lad of about 17…I did not see him…but I was asked by his mother ‘Princess of Ikram’ if I would like him to take photos for the blog!!! I was so touched…really moved…as many have offered in the past but in reality photos have not appeared…
…how pleasing it is to see that the qualities of Adab and the Sifat of our esteemed and noble Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum, that are instilled in our young from an early age, never leave them, Masha’Allah…the above photos were taken by this ‘Prince of Ikram’…may he never lose these qualities and inspire others to act in similar ways, Ameen…
…can we all look at those under our care and seriously ask if their personalities are formed according to the Sunnah…can we seriously ask if we are more concerned with their scholastic achievements than their good manners…can we seriously assess how much time is spent with them in front of a screen compared to being with the Qur’an in front of them…and LOVING all that it encompasses…it not just being a drudge?…can we seriously, without further adieu make changes to how we nurture the flag bearers of our Deen…because dear readers the behaviour witnessed in and around Harem indicates that much more effort is needed by each and every one of us to bring about change in the Ummah…so that a small enclave, like the one I experienced…steeped in the noble Sifat of Ikram encompasses the huge world…because…Travellers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings…
…Alhumdulillah he was intrepid in how he has escaped the ‘vice squad’ with many of the views he managed to capture…more to come in future posts, Insha’Allah…
…dear fellow travellers, it is late…
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.