Sell this world for hereafter, win both

Every human is a slave. You are either a  slave of your desires or a slave of Allāh. You either live life by your rules or the rule of Allāh.

How can the heart travel to God if it is chained by its desires?
O’ son of Adam! Sell this world for the hereafter and you win both, sell the hereafter for this world and you lose both.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah says, “Islam is not a buffet where you pick and choose what suits you. Don’t obey your desires. Obey Allaah.”

“Imprisoned is he, whose heart is imprisoned from Allāh. Captured is he, who is captured by his desires.”
Fudayl Ibn Iyad was asked “What do you find the strangest of all things?” He said: “The heart that knows Allāh, yet still disobeys Him.”

Do not miss Salāh for the sake of people. You were born & will die alone, you’ll go to the grave alone & be questioned alone on Judgment Day.

Close friends, on that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous and God fearing…” (Surah Az-Zukhruf: 67)

Fajr you are asleep, Zuhur you are busy, Asr you are tired, Magrib you are watching television, Isha’ you are eating. You can dodge prayer, but not death.

We prepare for uncertain matters in our life like marriage and so on but do we prepare for the one event that is definitely going to happen? #Death

The first thing a slave will be held to account for is Sallah. If we fall short on that, then we will fall short on what is to come.

Fajr: Do not fear missing sleep. Fear a day in which there will be no sleep.”
Expecting Paradise while neglecting prayer is like waiting for a train to arrive at the airport. Remember to pray

Everyone dreams to be in Jannah, but Allah (SWT) says: “Paradise is not obtained by your wishful thinking.” Surat An-Nisa 4:123. #work hard 4 hereafter.

Ibn Al-Qayyum says, “If you could hear the sound of the pens of the angels writing your name among those who remember Allāh, you would die out of joy.”

This Duniya (life of this world) is not a resting place.  It is a testing place!

The world is a prison for the believer and a paradise for the unbeliever” (Muslim). Your release here, sooner or later will be coming to an end.

Ibn Al-Qayyim says, “He whom Allah has predestined to enter paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities; He whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts.”

Umar ibn Al-Khattab says, “Get used to a rough life, for luxury does not last forever.”

Do not be overly pleased by easy times. Verily, gold is tested for its purity by fire. Likewise, a righteous servant is tested by tribulations.

It pains me to see born Muslims chasing the lifestyle of the disbelievers by drinking, clubbing, getting high and so on and forth.

Why do you think reverts run away from that life to the deen of Allāh. Run back to your Lord for His mercy overcomes His wrath.

How long will the person be happy with his worldly life knowing that his ultimate home is the grave?

No matter how beautiful your face is, you will still be the food for worms when you are buried. Set aside your arrogance and remember your grave.

Every single limb and organ in your body will speak up and bear witness against every action you committed in this duniya that is, life of this world.

Not a word is said except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it.” (Surah Qaf:18).  This includes all that you posted.

#Hijab: Hijab includes the way a person walks, talks, looks and thinks. All of it should be done modestly and applies to both men and women.

My dear sisters in Islam. Cover up for the sake of Allah before it is too late as today you are over the soil but tomorrow you may be under it.

Yes hijab does not necessarily indicate your level of piety BUT it is fard (compulsory, ordered by Allah). So regardless of what you say, you HAVE to wear it.

Make tawba (sincere repentance) not just for sins you have committed but also, for obligations you have not fulfilled, says Ibn Taymiyyah.

I pray that the comfort of our graves exceeds the comfort of our beds.  We ask Allah to make our souls to be pleased with Him, give us long life and in His sound worship and good life and never make us disbelievers till our point of departure from this world.  We beseech Him to make us of those who are always conscious, Amin.

Till next Friday, I say, ma asalam.

*This spiritual diet is a contribution by Khadijat Uthman, a school teacher in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

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