Saturday, April 25, 2009

Take benefit from five before five


From Ibn Abbas (ra), The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) said to him:

"Take benefit from five before five: your life before your death, your health before your illness, your spare time before you get busy, your youth before your old age and your wealth before your times of poverty." (Haakim 4/306)

We listen to this warning but without taking heed – days pass us by, years are spent, but many of us have not increased in good deeds except very little.

We are too busy enjoying our lives in play and amusement. We spent our youth chasing after our lusts and most hidden desires…listen to what Allah (SWT) says :

"…Before one of you comes to death and then he will say. Oh my Lord if only you would give me respite for a few more days then I will indeed give sadaqah and be of the righteous, but Allah will not delay a persons appointed time of death if its time has come. Allah is all aware of what you do."

The Messenger (salalahu alahi wa salam) advised the man to take benefit, to take heed, of his life before his death. Because life is indeed a great blessing, a huge blessing from Allah (swt). Every day of it is a blessing, every week of it is a blessing.

As the Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) used to say when Allah would return his soul after sleep:

" Praise be to Allah who gave me life after death and to him is the final return." (Bukhari 11/113)

This is because each day is another day possible for us to repent, do righteous deeds, worship Allah, and change our lives from the evil that we do, and get closer to our Lord.

The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) said:

"The best of you is the one who lives the longest and does many good deeds." ( Tirmidi 3/387, 2432) .

So this long age with lots of righteous deeds will raise you to a very high and blessed station.


Allah(SWT) says :

"Verily Allah has the knowledge of the last hour, and he sends down the rain and he knows what is in the wombs of the women, and no soul knows what it is going to earn tomorrow, and no soul knows which land it is going to die in. Verily Allah is the knower of all things."

So take benefit from your life before your death, because Allah (SWT) has informed us that the deceased will ask to be returned to the dunya at the time of death, for he will indeed at that time see the real value of life and the great benefit of being alive.

And from that which the Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) ordered us to take benefit from is your health before your illness, and your spare time before you get busy.

Health is like a crown, one who wears it is like a king. Non else but an ill person will see that.

Spare time is like treasure non else can see that but one who is busy. The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) also said:

"Two blessings that most people do not take heed of , health and spare time." (Bukhari 11/229,6412)

(Excerpts from tazkirah by : Shaykh Abdul Atheem Badwi from the magazine Al- Isaalah)

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The nasheed "Demi Masa" (that was inspired by the above) by Raihan, Malaysian nasheed group.

(http://www.raihan.com.my/v3/index.html)


video




(Translation)

By the time
Verily man is in state of loss
Except those who have Faith,
and do righteous deeds,

By the time
Verily man is in state of loss
Except (those who) give advice on the Truth,
and of Patience

Make use of the chance
That is still given
May we don't have regret (in future)

The benefit of our lives
Is not to be wasted
As it (time) cannot be repeated

(Chorus)

Remember five things, before five things :

Health before Illness
Youth before Old Age
Wealth before Poverty
Spare Time before Busy Hours
Life before Death


By the time
Verily man is in state of loss
Except those who have Faith,
and do righteous deeds,

Make use of the chance
That is still given
May we don't have regret (in future)

The benefit of our lives
Is not to be wasted
As it (time) cannot be repeated

(Repeat chorus)

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(note : one of the original members in this group, Zairee passed away in 2001..may Allah SWT bless his soul ~ Al-Fatihah)

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