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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Sixty Years of Age

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will not accept the excuse of any person whose instant of death is delayed till he is sixty years of age.” [Sahih Bukhari]

When a person reaches sixty years of age, he has no right to ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) for a new lease of life to make up for his past shortcomings, for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “Did We not give you lives long enough, so that whoever would receive admonition – could receive it? And the warner (of Allah) came to you…” [Quran 35:37]

Some men go abroad to earn for their families while their families remain behind in their home countries. These men live on the bare minimum, work hard, and save whatever they can so that when they are with their families again they can enjoy it all together.

This is what Muslims are supposed to understand about how to live in this world. The place of real and never-ending enjoyment is Jannah. That is where our real home and family is. We came to this world to earn and save for our real home, to enjoy with our real family. Our problem is that we forgot about that and started living only for this world.

So we remain busy in our jobs, education, relationships, lifestyles - trying to live as enjoyable a life as we can - all our lives long. We don’t live with the intention of trying to save all our good stuff to enjoy in the next life. When we retire at sixty years of age, we wish that we didn’t have to retire, because we can think of nothing else to do with our lives. We are only used to earning money to spend in this life. We are used to only thinking about and living for this worldly existence. Even if it is at sixty that you turn to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) -- better late than never.

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