Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
I am writing to inform you that it’s time to wake up and open your eyes to a reality you should have woken up to a long time ago, realities that you are constantly reminded of and yet you still choose to ignore. And that reality is that there could very soon be an end; an end to you, to someone else, or to everyone all at once, but for sure an end will come. So are we prepared?
My dear brothers and sisters, how many times are we going to hear of young people dying or being murdered for us to realise the seriousness of our ending? How many sheikhs, teachers, elders, friends or even strangers do we need to hear warn us until we decide it’s time for us to change? Why do we constantly ignore this very obvious and real reality that can take us anytime? Totally off guard?
I am not going to write this whole post on death. The purpose of me writing this is not to scare people nor is it to make anyone feel bad or low about their state. I am writing this because I have realised something recently after hearing of the death of more than four people within less than a month – all of which were not very old at all – and it forced me to think, not so much really about death, but a lot more about life.
The Prophet advised us to:
“Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim
Being young I realised probably one of the biggest challenges we face as youth when it comes to matters of the Deen is procrastination. There’s this idea instilled in our minds that we can delay, and that we have time to delay because “there’s always tomorrow”, right? The prophet knew that this was and would be the case which is exactly why he said what he said. The prophet loved us and was sent as a mercy to all of mankind and so he would advise us out of fear for us. He had a genuine care for our life and afterlife so he warned us. The reality is, none of us know whether we will wake up tomorrow but yet we still delay.
Many of the Ulama have stated that we should all live each day as though it is our last.
Living everyday as though we weren’t to see the next would mean excelling in every way, giving our 110% in all that we do for the sake of Allah. I mean, think about it, if today you were told that tomorrow was your last day to live, how would you live that day? Most probably not how you’re living now, am I right?
Take a minute and genuinely think and reflect on how you would spend that day if you were told it was your last. Close your eyes and plan out that day from start to end, how would you treasure every moment of those last 24 hours you have?
Now realise that this is what our Prophet and the Ulama were referring to. This is how we’ve been advised to live our lives.
It’s something for us to truly reflect on but what is reflection without action? Lets not just sit here staring at the screen contemplating our life only to finish reading this post and go back to our same old ways. Lets actually make a change. Ramadan may have passed us now but that doesn’t mean its too late, so long as you’re breathing it’s never too late.
I want you to go back to that imagination of the day in which you’d know was your last and just take ONE thing that you’d do on that day that you don’t do on any normal days, it could be anything; any form of good deed you know you would definitely want to be doing on the last day of your life, and try to get into the habit of doing it every day. Once a month is over, if that deed has become something you’ve made a habit of, add something else in and continue repeating until eventually you live everyday as your last.
Lets wake up from our dreams of an everlasting fantasy and face the reality of an end to it. It’s time, not only to wake up, but also to make a change and stay awake.
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