Leave Dunya Behind

Mohammad Abu Zahra of al-Azhar University in Cairo, wrote a book called Taarikh al-Islam. He counted more than 434 schools of thought in Islam. What caused that division? For what reason? Is that what the Prophet asked us to do?

I will end up with a hadith, narrated by Muslim who said, “su’ila Rasulullah `an sawmi `Arafat.” – “They asked the Prophet (s) on fasting the Day of `Arafat.”  That is the day of Hajj. “Qaala yukaffiru sannat al-maadiya wal baaqiyya.”

It means, “whoever fasts the day of `Arafat, Allah will forgive him from all the sins he committed the year before.” That means all the sins from this `Arafat to the previous `Arafat. “And He will forgive you the sins you will commit from this `Arafat to next year’s `Arafat.”

O Muslims, try to fast that day, because Allah will take your sins away and forgive you the last year’s sins and protect you from falling into sins in the following year up to the next `Arafat.

O Believers, Muslims! Everything around us tells us one thing: whatever you look at in this world is telling us one thing. You cannot prevent it from happening. However hard you try, of whatever you try of technology, or try to give of advice, whatever you are going to try, there is one thing that is obvious for every human being on earth. And that is that there is no one who is going to live forever.

There is no one going to survive more than what has been given or planned for him or her. Look around the world. Everything has an age. When that age comes, that thing shuts down. From any living thing, anything that has a soul, one day is going to die. Is it not? Human beings or animals or trees, or nature. Anything that has something moving in it or shows life in it is going to end. There is now way that it is going to last. The other thing is that whatever you have made at one time is going to die. Anything that you can imagine, even a car, at one period of time is gone. A plane, a computer. So everything has a time limit. Since there is a time limit, why are we fighting for this dunya that is going to die also. Why are human beings, for what cause? Everything is ending. That is why there is no way that you can do to prolong or stretch out your life or the life others. So what are you running after? Running after “ad-dunya al-jeefatun,” “the corpse of this dunya.” “Ad-dunya raasu kullu khatiyya.” – “this world is the head of every sin.”

Dunya is a dry corpse. Like dogs biting on a dead corpse and eating or like cats. We must learn from the ibra (example) the Prophet (s) showed us.

“In kuntum tuhiboon Allaha, fa-tabi`oonee yuhbibkum-ullah.” – “If you would love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you.” [3:31]

Allah says, “Follow me.” It means follow the Prophet (s). Then Allah loves you.

What did Allah ask the Prophet (s) in Isra and Mi`raj? He asked, “Ya Ahmad, Ya Muhammad, if you love to be the best (or most pious) of human beings,” – “in ahbabta an yakun awr`a an-naas fazhad fid-dunya warghab fil akhira”

That word is directed to the Prophet (s), so what about us?

He said, “fazhad fid-dunya” – “leave the dunya behind you.” “Warghab fil akhira.” – “And seek the next life.”

The hadith continues, “Fa qaala Muhammad ‘Ya ilahee, wa kayfa azhad fid-dunya?’ Fa qaala ‘fakhudh min ad-dunya bi-qadri ash-sharaab wat-t`am wal-libaas.’”

Allah swt said to the Prophet (s), “Take from dunya only your necessity of eating, drinking and clothes.” “Wa la tatakhidh li-ghadin.” “And don’t keep anything in your home for tomorrow.”

That means that, “If you keep for tomorrow you are not fearing Allah correctly.”

“Wa duma ala dhikree.” “And keep on My dhikr. – Keep remembering Me.”

“Faqaala ya rabbu kayfa adumu `ala dhikrika. Faqaala –bi khalwati `an in-naas.”

The Prophet (s) asked, “O my Lord, how do I keep constant in Your Remembrance? He swt said, “By secluding yourself from people.”

That means, “There is no benefit from being among people. You have to take from dunya only your necessities from food, drink and clothes and not involve yourself too much in it. It is not going to benefit you. Building high-rises, construction, building huge companies, building up investment stocks, building this and building that. None of that is going to make you someone whom Allah loves. That will make you someone dunya and Shaytan love.

In order to do dhikr, seclude yourself from people where there is no one except Me. Then you can remember Me correctly – when there are no more distractions. What is left then? Attraction. To Allah. You will be attracted to Allah by His love, for His Sake.

The Prophet (s) then asked, “And what else should I do?”

Allah swt replied, “Make your sleep your prayers.”

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