The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life...
by Bint Abdul Khaliq
Last night I happened to be visiting two old ladies that were sick. Both were over 70 years of age. The usual talk commenced. Each exchanged the stories of their latest aches and pains, their hardships, their sacrifices. I listened politely but I wasn't really paying attention. Then, one of them made a comment that really got me thinking. She said to me "One day you will get old too." My first thought was to say, "No way! I am never getting old!" But then...the scary reality began to seep in. I looked at these ladies with new eyes. I tried to imagine them 50 years back: young, fit and healthy. Today,as they sat before before me wrinkled and worn out, they were living proof that no one escapes time. I tried to imagine myself 50 years from now. It was a scary picture. I imagined myself sitting as part of a group of old ladies describing our troubles to each other. Yikes!
No matter how hard we try to ignore it,the fact is that we are aging every second. Time is flying by devastatingly fast. More than half the year has passed already and this has been subtracted from The Grand Total my Life. In fact, it could be at any time that we could die. Old age is not a requirement of death. This is demonstrated to us time and time again. I'm sure each of us have heard of enough examples to know that death knows no age.
I am certainly not not trying to scare anybody. I am just trying to get us to open our eyes. We are young and fit now, we are not going to stay this way forever. This golden period in our lives is very important. The 'Aamaal
that we can do now is much more than what we will be able to do when we are old. Once our youth it leaves us, it will never return. It is critical that we realise this and use it in a way that is most pleasing to Allah Ta'ala
. We must strive to fulfill our purpose of Creation right NOW. We shouldn't wait until:
our eyesight is so poor that we can't read The Holy Qur'an
our joint pains are such that we can't bend down properly in Salaah
Our health is so poor that we can't fast
Our mind is so dim that we can not teach others about Islam
What are we waiting for?
Our bodies are an Amaanah
to us. Using it for any purpose other than the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala
is going against it's purpose of being created. If we can not use it for good, we should at least make the effort not to use it for sin, insha Allah
This decision has to come from within us. When we realise how precious every second is and what our goal is in life, all that is left is to make the effort and put the two together - the results will be amazing, insha Allah
. We have nothing to lose,but everything to gain.How many old people regret the time that they had wasted,yet it's too late.Let it not be that WE will be regretting.I often like to imagine that I have been sent back into time and this is my Second Chance to do things right.If we think of it that way,we would not waste away our life.We would strive to Live Islam in every way.As they say,Islam is not a Religion,it's a way of Life.So let's live it..
I shall end up on this note with two Ahadith Insha Allah.The words of our Beloved Prophet (SAWS) speak volumes.Let us ponder on these pearls of wisdom and strive to change our Direction towards Allah Ta'ala right now.I pray that AllahTa'ala makes us of the mindful and successful ones.Ameen.
1-Nabi (SAWS) is reported to have said:
"Take benefit of five before five:
your youth before your old age,
your health before your sickness,
your wealth before your poverty,
your free-time before your preoccupation, and
your life before your death."
[al-Haakim, al-Baihaqee: Saheeh]
2-Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A):
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are:
(1) a just ruler;
(2)A YOUNG MAN WHO HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP IN THE WORSHIP OF ALLAH, (i.e. worship Allah (Alone) sincerely from his childhood),
(3) a man whose heart is attached to the mosque (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosque);
(4) two persons who love each other only for Allah's sake and they meet and part in Allah's cause only;
(5) a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for an illegal sexual intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah;
(6) a person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity).
(7) a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes get flooded with tears."
RIGHT NOW is the Beginning of The Rest of Your Life...