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Live for Deen as if you will Die Tomorrow

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(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis (Saturday 10th November)

It appears in a maxim, “Live your life for Deen as if you will die tomorrow and live your life for the world as if you will live forever.” What this actually means is that when it comes to matters of Sharee’ah, then there is no chance of delay in discharging our duties. What needs to be done, should be accomplished immediately, as though you feel that you will die tomorrow. 

Normally, when a person knows that he is about to die, he will make up for whatever is incomplete. So whatever outstanding duties to Allah Ta’ala one has, monies owed to people etc. should be discharged without any delay. These are things for which we will be taken to task and questioned by Allah Ta`ala. When a person has that true concern and strives to fulfil all that is outstanding then Allah Ta`ala will make it such that he will never be left to himself. Allah Ta`ala will take care of him, and not only him, but for hundred generations to follow. The assistance of Allah Ta`ala will definitely be there for this person even though it may come after some time in certain instances. Look at the incident of Moosa (alaihis salaam). The assistance of Allah Ta`ala came at the last moment when the Bani Israaeel felt that the army of Fir’oun were about to intercept them. The sea parted and they were saved whilst Fir’oun and his entire army were destroyed.

The entire effort nowadays is behind legitimising and legalising, and looking for loopholes. Allah Ta`ala knows what is being done for greed and what is being done with sincerity. The consequence of legitimising is very serious. The Bani Israaeel were prohibited from fishing on Saturdays. As a loophole, they would cast their nets on Fridays and draw them out on Sundays, thus not practically fishing on Saturdays. However, the consequence of this loophole was that they were transformed into apes and monkeys. In order to appease themselves, after adopting a loophole, people then use the names of certain personalities, but it is not a matter of who says it. Instead, it is the weight of the argument that really counts. After the demise of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) instructed that the army of Usamah (radhiyallahu anhu) be dispatched immediately as it was the instruction of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The rest of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) opposed this idea and felt that it was not the appropriate time to dispatch the army of Usamah (radhiyallahu anhu). However, Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) remained steadfast on his opinion until the rest of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) finally realised that Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) was correct.

‘Live your life for the world as if you will live forever’ does not mean that one should project his life for so many years and strive to accumulate wealth for that period of time. Rather, it means that there is no need to be concerned about fulfilling a material need immediately; you have plenty of time to fulfil it. If it is not completed today, it could always be completed tomorrow or the following day. It is not a major problem if the shop is opened two hours late. In essence, one should not be consumed by the love of the world. What is meant by being ‘consumed by the love of the world’? The answer is in the Qur’aan Majeed where Allah Ta`ala says: “You give preference to the fleeting world and abandon the hereafter.” (Surah Qiyaamah) Deen and matters of the hereafter should always be given preference over worldly and material matters.

Date: 2012-11-10

Duration: 00:59:43

Format: MP3

Size: 13.7 MB

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