Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Traveler or A Stranger

May Allah grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter,
and save us from the chastisement of the fire.

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu):
The Prophet (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said,
"There are two blessings which many people lose:
(They are) Health and free time for doing good."
[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 8, Book 76, Number 421]

Narrated Mujahid (Radi Allah Anhu):
'Abdullah bin 'Umar (Radi Allah Anhu) said,
"Allah's Apostle (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam )
took hold of my shoulder and said,
'Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler."
The sub-narrator added: Ibn 'Umar used to say,
"If you survive till the evening,
do not expect to be alive in the morning,
and if you survive till the morning,
do not expect to be alive in the evening,
and take from your health for your sickness,
and (take) from your life for your death."
[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 8, Book 76, Number 425]

Narrated 'Abdullah (Radi Allah Anhu):
The Prophet (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam )
drew a square and then drew a line in the middle of it
and let it extend outside the square
and then drew several small lines attached to that central line, and said,
"This is the human being, and this,
(the square) in his lease of life,
encircles him from all sides (or has encircled him),
and this (line), which is outside (the square), is his hope,
and these small lines are the calamities and troubles (which may befall him),
and if one misses him, an-other will snap (i.e. overtake) him,
and if the other misses him, a third will snap (i.e. overtake) him."
[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 8, Book 76, Number 426]

Narrated Anas bin Malik (Radi Allah Anhu):
The Prophet (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) drew a few lines and said,
"This is (man's) hope, and this is the instant of his death,
and while he is in this state (of hope),
the nearer line (death) comes to Him."
[Sahih Bukhari : Volume 8, Book 76, Number 427]

Last night, Sheikh gave very good naseeha (advise) that we should always:
- spending our time in doing good deeds,
- not talking too much,
- praying on time,
- be good to parents,
- remembering about death,
- giving charity,
- advising each other to do good,
- remembering Allah all the time,
- coming to masjid for sholat in jamaah,
- and using your time wisely.

In this worldly life, remembering these words from Prophet Mohammed (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) that:
“Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.”

A traveler is continuously on the move, from one station to another station.

There are 4 stations:
1. inside your mother womb.
2. in this world (dunya).
3. in the barzah (death).
4. in Akhirah ( the Hereafter).
All of us will go through in all that stations.

The traveler is stopping when he is only to get our basic needs (eating, drinking, and sleeping). Then he keep continue his journey toward his destination.
A stranger wanders about in a foreign place, observing his surroundings; the land, the scenery, the people, the actions.
This is exactly what we are. Travelers in this temporary world, subject to beautiful scenery, entertainment, amusement, fulfillment of our desires, and the many hardships of traveling. At times we may get distracted from our destination. But as we reflect on these beautiful words, these distractions become less trivial as our focus is shifted and we are reminded of our goal. We remember that we are just passing by, longing to reach our destination, back home to the eternal life in Paradise.

On the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, radiyallahu ‘anhuma, who said: The Messenger of Allah, sallAlahu alayhi wasallam, took me by the shoulder and said:
“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler/wayfarer.”

Ibn ‘Umar used to say:
“When evening comes, do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness, and from your life for your death.”

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