O Heedless One Sitting In The Shade Of Joy & Pleasure!
Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allaah took hold of his hand and said:
“Ibn ‘Umar, be in this world like a stranger or somebody passing on his way; and count yourself amongst the inhabitants of the grave.“
Concerning this, Aboo Bakr ‘Abdullaah Ibn Humayd quoted the following lines pf poetry:
O heedless one sitting in the
shade of joy and pleasure!
Travel through this world
as a stranger!
Ever count your soul amongst
those already deceased.
Shun this world and cling not
to this Abode of Deceit.
[The Journey Of The Strangers, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah, Pp. 40-41]
As one of the Salaf said, “If the kings knew the pleasure (of the soul) we feel, then they would fight us with it with their swords.“