Our Life Is Not Without Purpose

Shaykh Abū Muʿādh

An exhortation that this life is not without purpose, rather we will be called to account for every deed, be it small or large, so look to that which you send forth for tomorrow. 
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Our respected teacher delivers a powerful khuṭbah which causes the hearts to tremble as we are reminded that indeed this world is nothing but a passing amusement, with our ultimate purpose on this earth being to worship Allāh alone as He should be worshipped, without associating partners alongside him. Allāh has sent His Messengers in order to call the people to Tawḥid and warn against the worshipping of false deities. If we fulfil our rights to Allāh, then Allāh will protect us from His punishment. Muʿādh ibn Jabal (May Allāh be pleased with him) reported: I was riding with the Prophet (sallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) on a donkey. He (sallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, “O Muʿādh, do you know what is the right of Allāh upon His slaves, and what is the Right of His slaves upon Allāh?” I said: “Allāh and His Messenger know best.” Upon this the Messenger of Allāh (sallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, “Allāh’s Right upon His slaves is that they should worship Him Alone and associate nothing with Him; and His slaves’ right upon Him is that He should not punish who does not associate a thing with Him.” He (Muʿādh) added: I said to the Messenger of Allāh: “Shall I give the glad tidings to people?” He (sallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, “Do not tell them this good news for they will depend on it alone”. [Al-Bukhārī and Muslim].

The servant of Allāh should remain conscious of the fact that the days in this world will pass within the blink of an eye, and he should look to those deeds which we have put forth for tomorrow. Know, may Allāh have mercy on you, that the angels are recording every word and every action, and not a single deed will be overlooked on Yawm al-Qiyāmah; so fear Allāh with regards to both the words which flow from your tongues, and the tips of your fingers. How many keyboard warriors do we find today scattered all over social media, with poison dripping from their fingers as they type their slanders against Ahl al-ʿIlm; from ʿUlamāʾ to the Students of Knowledge without casting a single thought to those angels recording their deeds. On that day when the deeds will be presented, not a single deed will be left out, big or small.

So rather than wasting time in pursuit of sin and transgression, the servant of Allāh should seek to fulfil his purpose in this world through worshipping Allāh in speech and in actions; attending the gatherings of knowledge and increasing in beneficial ʿilm that they may save themselves and their families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones.

Published: February 21, 2018
Edited: April 2, 2023


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