I like this story because it reminds me of how short life is, and it puts things in perspective.
If I live my life thinking I’m going to be here forever (or for a looong time), I find myself getting stressed out very easily. Why? Because I’m either running after new things or holding on to other things that by nature are transient. So when it slips from my hands, I get frustrated.
But when I accept myself as a traveler who’s in this world for a short time, I’m more relaxed. Things come and go in my life. I can play with them without the need to get attached and let it go when the time comes.
Life is short. Enjoy this journey. And I’ll see you soon. If not in this world, definitely in the next! 🙂
Be generous to your relations, for surely they are your wings with which you fly, and they are your roots to which you return, and they are your hands with which you can overcome. ~ Imam Ali
“O Ali, three men will stand under the shade of the (Divine) Throne on the Day of Resurrection.
They are: the man who likes for his friend whatever he likes for himself,
the man who pauses before taking any action to reflect whether it pleases or displeases God,
and the man doesn’t find fault in others until he overcomes that fault in himself. It is quite sufficient for a man to be engaged with himself.”
~ Prophet Muhammad (‘s)
The Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) said: My Lord commanded me to adhere to nine things: He commanded me to:
- Be sincere when in private and in public,
- Be Just in times of peace and when in rage,
- Be moderate in poverty and in abundance,
- Be forgiving to him who wrongs me,
- Share with him who deprives me (of his bestowals),
- Acknowledge him who broke relations with me,
- Ponder over things while I am silent,
- Mention Him (God) whenever I speak, and
- Learn lessons from things that I see.
A man asked for words by which Allah may benefit him. Prophet Muhammed said: “Remember death repeatedly. This will save you from longing for the worldly pleasures. Show gratitude frequently and this will increase his Mercy upon you. Pray to Allah (SWT) so regularly, because you do not know in which time Allah (SWT) will respond for your prayer. Beware of tyranny, for Allah (SWT) has ordained that HE will support those whom are oppressed.”
The Prophet (s) said, ‘The heart bears wisdom when the stomach is empty, and the heart throws out wisdom when the stomach is full.’
The Prophet (s) said, ‘The scriptures of Prophet Abraham (a) contain the following: ‘…the rational man, as long as he is of sound reason, must put aside several hours during the day – an hour for conversing with his Lord, an hour for [self-scrutiny and] accounting for himself, an hour to ponder over Allah’s favors bestowed upon him, and an hour to spend on his own lawful pleasures, for this one hour will be an aid to him in fulfilling his other hours, as well as a time to recuperate and relax.’
“Wisdom is a tree, that grows in the heart and produces fruit on the tongue.” ~ Imam Ali (a)
If you need counsel about some matter that has suddenly happened to you, then begin by exposing it to the spontaneity of the young, for surely their minds are sharper, and their intuition is quicker; then after that refer it to the judgement of those who are mature and old, so that they can analyse it, and decide what is best for it, for surely they are the most experienced. ~ Imam Ali (a)