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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Leave the future alone until it comes

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful~Leave the future alone until it comes~The Event [the Hour or the punishment of disbelievers and polytheists or theIslamic laws or commandments], ordained by Allah will come to pass, so seek notto hasten it. Qur'an 16:1Be not hasty and rushed for things that have yet to come to pass. Do you thinkit is wise to pick fruits before they become ripe? Tomorrow is non-existent,having no reality today, so why should you busy yourself with it? Why shouldyou have apprehensions about future disasters? Why should you be engrossed bytheir thoughts, especially since you do not know whether you will even seetomorrow?The important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, abridge that we do not cross until it comes. Who knows, perhaps we might neverreach the bridge, or the bridge might collapse before we reach it, or we mayactually reach it and cross safely.For us to be engrossed in expectations about the future is looked down upon inour religion since it leads to our having a long-term attachment to this world,an attachment that the good believer shuns. Many people of this world areunduly fearful of future poverty, hunger, disease, and disaster: such thinkingis inspired by the Devil.Satan threaten you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha [evil deeds,illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.], whereas Allah promises you forgivenessfrom Himself and Bounty... Qur'an 2:268Many are those who cry because they seem themselves starving tomorrow, fallingsick after a month, or because they fear that the world will come to an endafter a year. Someone who has no clue as to when he will die (which is all ofus) should not busy himself with such thoughts.Since you are absorbed in the toils of today, leave tomorrow until it comes. Beware of becoming unduly attached to future prospects in this world.
Excerpt from: Don't be Sad - 'Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

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