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It was said to the Tabi'ee Salmah bin Dinar


"Why do we hate death"


He said "Because you have built this world, and ruined the Aakhira. You hate to leave that which you have built to what you have ruined"


‏قيل للتابعي سلمة بن دينار : ما لنا نكره الموت ؟!

قال: " لأنكم عمرتم الدنيا، وخربتم الآخرة، فأنتم تكرهون أن تنقلوا من العمران إلى الخراب " .

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Life is short


The Angel of Death came to Nooh and said: O longest-lived of the Prophets, how did you find this world and its pleasures?


He said: Like a man who entered a room with two doors, and he stood in the middle of the room for a brief moment, then he went out of the other door.


● [ibn Abi’d-Dunya’s az-Zuhd (358)]

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Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:


Why do we not find the time to regularly engage in zikr and ‘ibaadah, whereas it is these actions that will truly benefit us after our death? We are all aware that our life in this world is extremely short and can be likened to a dream. When a person has a dream, he sees many things, yet upon awakening, he finds that everything has disappeared and he realises that what he saw was nothing but a dream. Similarly, when a person passes away, he finds that everything of the world has disappeared and only good actions remain. Hence, if righteous actions are not carried out during one’s lifetime, the life after death will be nothing but misery and destruction.


(Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 205)

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Ibn ‘Amr: “Work for the Ḍunyā as if you will live forever, and work for the ‘Ākhirā as if you will die tomorrow!”


‎● [تفسير القرطبي ١٦\٣٢٠]

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