The Life Of This World Has Announced Its Departure


Khalid ibn ‘Umayr Al-Adawi reports, ‘Utbah ibn Ghazwan (ra) once gave us a sermon. He praised Allaah, then said:

“The life of this world has announced its departure and is quickly turning away, and nothing remains of it save the likes of the last drop of water in a vessel as its possessor tries to catch it.

You are moving on to an abode that has no end, so move on with the best (of deeds) that you have. For it has been said to us that a rock can be dropped from the edge of Hell and fall for seventy years without reaching the bottom. Yet, by Allaah, it will be filled.

Do you not then wonder?

And it has been said to us that a single entrance to Paradise is as wide as a journey of forty years, yet there will come a day when it will be crowded.

I have seen myself as the seventh of seven (of) Allaah’s Messenger (saw); we had no food save the leaves of trees which put sores round our mouths. I once got a cloak which I tore in half to share with Sa’d ibn Malik: I used half as my waist-wrap and he used the other.

And yet today, there is not one of us except he has become a governor over some city – and I seek refuge with Allaah that I consider myself great and important when I am small in front of Allaah.

Verily there was never Prophethood except that it gradually changed until it ended up being a kingship, and verily you will see what the governors after us are like.”

[Muslim]

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One Response to “The Life Of This World Has Announced Its Departure”

  1. SubhanaAllaah that was a powerful speech!!! HasbiyaAllaahu wani’ama al Wakeel!!

    “…and I seek refuge with Allaah that I consider myself great and important when I am small in front of…” Allaahu Akbar!! where are we from this??!!! Ya Salaam!

    Barakallaahu feek for the reminder

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