LIFE IS A FADING SHADOW – Sample Book
Introduction – LIFE IS A FADING SHADOW
All thanks are to Allah, who made this life a transient passageway and the Hereafter an everlasting life, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be on the most honorable of all Messengers and Prophets, our Prophet Muhammad.
When one contemplates how eager the people of this life are to live and enjoy it and strive hard with delight to collect its temporary possessions, one feels amazed and astonished. Do they consider this life the ultimate goal and the only life to live? They act as if they were created to collect material possessions and strive hard to earn life’s riches. They have forgotten a Day during which they will go back to Allah.
‘Life is a Fading Shadow,’ is a booklet in which we collected the thoughts that those1 who were before us gave to the life of the world, those who were certain that it was a passageway that ends with the lasting journey to Reckoning and the Day of Judgment. This book is a reminder of the Hereafter and the ultimate destination. It should provide those who travel this journey with sufficient provision. We ask Allah to make our hearts, statements and actions sincere for the sake of His Honorable Face.
Reality of the Worldly Life Allah said describing this life:
“Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.” ((40:39))
There are many Ayat (Verses) in the Qur’an that admonish this life. Rather, most of the Qur’an contains references that belittle this worldly life and discourage people from indulging in it, while calling them to the Hereafter. Therefore, we do not need to repeat these Verses since this subject in amply mentioned in the Qur’an.
Here is the Messenger of Allah described the significance, he placed on this life when he said:
“what have I to do with this life? The parable of me and this life is the parable of a rider who rested in the shade of a tree and then departed.” ((This Hadith was collected by Ahmad bin Hanbal, At-Tirmidhi, lbn Majah and Al-Hakim, and Al-Albani I rendered it authentic))
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