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14 December 2018 CE | 05 Rabbi al-Thanni 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


What Remains


“The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) stood by a place full of human bones and said to the people, ‘Do you like to look at the world?’ He then took a rotten cloth and decomposed bone and said, ‘This is the world.’” [Ihya Ulum Id Deen by Imam Ghazali]

What this means is that the wealth and pleasures of the world will soon be as ruined as the fine cloth and healthy bodies that are now rotten and decomposing. All that remains of this world is the record of deeds each of us prepares for himself.

“It has been reported that Sulaiman (alaihis salam) was roaming in the air and birds were giving him shade while men and jinn were on his right and left. He met a hermit of Bani Israeel on the way and the hermit said to him, ‘O son of Dawud, the Almighty God has given you reign and power.’ At this Sulaiman (alaihis salam) said, ‘One Tasbeeh (word of praise and remembrance of Allah) in the book of deeds of a believer is superior to my reign, as what has been given to the son of Dawud will end, but Tasbeeh will remain.” [Ihya Ulum Id Deen by Imam Ghazali]

Each of us has the ability to remember Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and obtain what is more valuable than the kingship of Sulaiman (alaihis salam) but we are busy pursuing superficial goods which will rot with our deaths.

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