Live Like You See God

أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ إِنْ قَامَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَفِي يَدِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَسِيلَةٌ، فَإِنِ اسْتَطَاعَ أَنْ لاَ تَقُومَ حَتَّى يَغْرِسَهَا فَلْيَغْرِسْهَا

Anas ibn Malik reported that the Prophet said, “If the Final Hour comes while you have a palm-cutting in your hands and it is possible to plant it before the Hour comes, you should plant it.” — Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

Disillusion: disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as one believed it to be.

إِنَّ عَذابَ رَبِّكَ لَواقِعٌ
ما لَهُ مِن دافِعٍ
يَومَ تَمورُ السَّماءُ مَورًا
وَتَسيرُ الجِبالُ سَيرًا
فَوَيلٌ يَومَئِذٍ لِلمُكَذِّبينَ
الَّذينَ هُم في خَوضٍ يَلعَبونَ

“Your Lord’s punishment will certainly take place. No one can ward it off. On the Day when heaven sways back and forth and the mountains shift about, woe that Day to the deniers, who play at frivolous games!” Qur’an, 52: 7-12

Having knowledge that one’s earthly demise is imminent is not a call to hopelessness.



وَإِذا ذُكِّروا لا يَذكُرونَ وَإِذا رَأَوا آيَةً يَستَسخِرونَ وَقالوا إِن هٰذا إِلّا سِحرٌ مُبينٌ

“When they are reminded they do not pay heed. When they see a Sign they only laugh with scorn. They say, ‘This is just downright magic.” Qur’an, 37: 13-15

Inability to distinguish between supernatural and superstitious.


نَبِّئ عِبادي أَنّي أَنَا الغَفورُ الرَّحيمُ وَأَنَّ عَذابي هُوَ العَذابُ الأَليمُ
قالوا بَشَّرناكَ بِالحَقِّ فَلا تَكُن مِنَ القانِطينَ قالَ وَمَن يَقنَطُ مِن رَحمَةِ رَبِّهِ إِلَّا الضّالّونَ

“Tell My slaves that I am the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful, but also that My punishment is the Painful Punishment” … “They said, ‘We bring you good news of the truth, so do not be among those who despair.’ He said, ‘Who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for misguided people?’” Qur’an, 15: 49-50, 55-56


لَئِن بَسَطتَ إِلَيَّ يَدَكَ لِتَقتُلَني ما أَنا بِباسِطٍ يَدِيَ إِلَيكَ لِأَقتُلَكَ ۖ إِنّي أَخافُ اللَّهَ رَبَّ العالَمينَ
فَطَوَّعَت لَهُ نَفسُهُ قَتلَ أَخيهِ فَقَتَلَهُ فَأَصبَحَ مِنَ الخاسِرينَ

“Even if you do raise your hand against me to kill me, I am not going to raise my hand against you to kill you. Truly I fear Allah, the Lord of all the worlds … So his lower self persuaded him to kill his brother, and he killed him and became one of the lost.” Qur’an, 5: 28 & 30

من علامة الاعتماد على العمل نقصان الرجاء عند وجود الزلل

“Amongst the signs of leaning on one’s own handiwork of deeds is the loss of hope in the presence of mistakes.” – Ibn ‘Ata’Allah

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