Leave the Future Until It Comes

The Event [ the Hour or the punishment of disbelievers and polytheists or the Islamic laws or commandments], ordained by Allah will come to pass, so seek no to hasten it  ( Quran 16:1 )

Be not hasty and rushed for things that have yet to come to pass. Do you think it is wise to pick fruits before they become ripe? Tomorrow is non-existent, having no reality today , so why should you busy yourself with it ? Why should you have apprehensions about duture disasters? Why should you be engrossed by their thoughts, especially since you do not know whether you will even see tomorrow?

The Important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, a bridge that we do not cross until it comes. Who knows, perhaps we might never reach the bridge , or the bridge might collapse before we reach it, or we may actually reach it and cross safely.

For us to be engrossed in expectations about the future is looked down upon in our religion since it leads to our having a long term attachment to this world, an attachment that the good believer shuns. Many people of this world are unduly fearful of future poverty, hunger, disease and disaster : such thinking is inspired by the devil.

Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha [evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc ], whereas Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself and Bounty” ( Quran 2:268)

Many are those who cry because they see themselves starving tomorrow, falling sick, after a month , or because they fear that the world will come to an end after a year. Someone who has no clue as to when he will die (which is all of us) should not busy himself with such thoughts.

Since you are absorbed in the toils of today , leave tomorrow until it comes. Beware of becoming unduly attached to future prospects in this world.

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Today Is All That You Have !!

When you wake up in the morning , do not expect to see the evening – live as though today is all that you have. Yesterday has passed with its good and evil, while tomorrow has not yet arrived . Your life’s span is but one day , as if you were born in it and will die at the end of it . With this attitude , you will not be caught between an obsession over the past , with all its anxieties , and the hopes of the future , with all its uncertainty. Live for today : During this day you should pray with a wakeful heart , recite the Qur’an with understanding , and remember Allah , the Exalted , the Almighty , with sincerity . In this day you should be balanced in your affairs , satisfied with your allotted portion , concerned with your appearance and health.

 

Organize the hours of this day , so that you make years out of minutes and months out of seconds . Seek forgiveness from your Lord , remember Him , prepare for the final parting from this world , and live today happily and at peace . Be content with your sustenance , your wife , your children , your work , your house , and your station in life.

 

“So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful.”  {Qur’an 7:144}

Live today free from sorrow , bother , anger , jealousy and malice .
You must engrave onto your heart one phrase : Today is my only day . If you have eaten warm , fresh  bread today , then what do yesterday’s dry , rotten bread and tomorrow’s anticipated bread matter?

 

If you are truthful with yourself and have a firm , solid resolve , you will undoubtedly convince yourself of the following : Today is my last day to live. When you achieve this attitude , you will profit from every moment of you day , by developing your personality , expanding your abilities , and purifying your deeds . Then you say to yourself :

Today I shall be refined in my speech and will utter neither evil speech nor obscenity . Also , I shall not backbite.
Today I shall organize my house and my office. They will not be disorderly and chaotic , but organized and neat.
Today I will be particularly  about my bodily cleanliness and appearance . I will be meticulous in my neatness and balanced in my walk , talk and actions . 
Today I will strive to be obedient to my lord, pray in the best manner possible, do more voluntary acts of righteousness , recite the Qur’an , and read beneficial books, I will plant goodness into my heart and extract from it the roots of evil – such as pride , jealousy and hypocrisy .

O past that has departed and is gone , I will not cry over you . You will not see me remembering you , not even for a moment , because you have traveled away from me never to return.

O future , you are in the realm of the unseen , so I will not be obsessed by your dreams . I will not be preoccupied about what is to come because tomorrow is nothing and has not yet been created .

‘ Today is my only day ‘ is one of the most important statements in the dictionary of happiness , for those who desire to live life in its fullest splendor and brilliance.

The Past Is Gone Forever !!

By brooding over the past and its tragedies , one exhibits a form of insanity – a kind of sickness that destroys resolve to live for the present moment . Those who have a firm purpose have filed away and forgotten occurrences of the past , which will never ever again see light , since they occupy such a dark place in the recesses of the mind . Episodes of the past are finished with ; sadness cannot retrieve them , melancholy cannot make things right , and depression will never bring the past back to life . This is because the past is non-existent.

Do not live in the nightmares of former times or under the shade of what you have missed . Save yourself from the ghostly apparition of the past. Do you think that you can return the sun to its place of rising , the baby to its mother’s womb , milk to the udder , or tears to the eye? By constantly dwelling on the past and its happenings , you place yourself in a very frightful and tragic state of mind .

Reading too much into the past is a waste of the present . When Allah mentioned the affairs of the previous nations , He , The Exalted , said : “That was a nation who has passed away”     Qur’an – { 2:134} 

Former days are gone and done with , and you benefit nothing by carrying out an autopsy over them , by turning back the wheels of history.

The person who lives in the past is like someone who tries to saw sawdust. Of old , they used to say : “Do not remove the dead from their graves.”

Our tragedy is that we are incapable of dealing with the present : neglecting our beautiful castles , we wail over dilapidated buildings . If every man and every jinn were to try jointly to bring back the past , they would most certainly fail. Everything on earth marches forward , preparing for a new season – so should you !!

Contemplate and be Thankful

Remember the favours of Allah upon you and how they surround you from above and below – indeed from every direction.
” And if you would count the graces of Allah , never could you be able to count the”  [Qur’an 14:34]

Health, safety , nourishment, clothing , air and water – these all point to the world being yours , yet you do not realize it, You possess all that life has to offer , yet remain ignorant .

“He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you , [both] apparent [ i.e Islamic Monotheism . and the lawful pleasures of this world including health , good looks , etc ] and hidden [ i.e one’s faith in Allah , guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise , etc”  [Qur’an 31:20]

You have at your disposal two eyes , a tongue , lips , two hands , and two legs .

“Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both [Jinns and men] deny?”   Qur’an 55:13

Can You picture yourself walking without feet? Should You take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many ? Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some , due to sickness and disease? Consider the faculties  of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from diseases that attack it .

Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the weight of Mount Uhud in gold , or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have been given abundant favors , yet you feign ignorance , Not withstanding warm bread , cool water , easy sleep , and good health , you remain despondent and depressed . You think about what  you do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given You are troubled by a loss in wealth , yet you have the key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and Be thankful .

“And also in your ownselves [ are signs ] , will you not then see?” [ Qur’an 51:21]

Reflect upon yourself , your family, your friends , and the entire world that is around you .

“They recognize the grace Of Allah , Yet they deny it.” [ Qur’an  16:83]

O Allah!

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Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs Him. Every day He has matter to bring forth (such as giving honor to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc)!  [Qur’an 55:29]

When there is a violent storm and the seas are turbulent, the occupants of the boat call out, ‘O Allah!’

When the camel-driver and the caravan are lost in the desert, they call out, ‘O Allah!’

When disaster and calamity occur, the afflicted call out , ‘O Allah!’

When doors are shut before those who seek to enter through them and barriers are placed before those who are in need – they all cry out , ‘O Allah!’

To Allah ascend all good words, the sincere supplication, the tears of the innocent , and the invocations of the afflicted. Hands and eyes are extended to Him in times of hardship and misfortune. The tongue chants , cries out, and mentions His name. ‘How Perfect He is , the Exalted.’

Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves. (Qur’an 42:19)

Allah is the most beautiful of names, the truest combination of letters, and the most precious of words.

“Do you of any that is similar to Him” ? (There is nothing like unto Him and He is the All- Hearer , All- Seer ( Quran 19:65)

We seek refuge in from fearing anything except you, from depending upon anyone except upon you, from putting our full trust in anyone excepting you, and from invoking anyone other that You. You are the Supreme Patron and Excellent Protector.