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Abu Bakr[RA] advice to ‘Umar[RA]

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When he was on deathbed Abu-Bakr (رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُ*ۚ ) asked for Umar (رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُ*ۚ ).

When latter arrived, Abu-Bakr (رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنۡهُ*ۚ ) said,

“Verily I want to give you some final advice-if you will accept it from me.

Indeed, Allah Azza wa Jall (the Possessor of might and majesty)
has rights during the night,
which He does not accept during the day;

And He has rights during the day,
which He does not accept during the night.

And verily Allah Azza wa Jall does not accept
voluntary acts of worship
until obligatory once are first performed.

……………………..

…………………… …….

Do you not see that those
whose scales are heavy in Hereafter
are heavy only
because they followed the truth in the world;

for doing so was heavy upon them
(required striving and effort like an upward climb).

And it is befitting for a scale to be heavy
when only truth is placed on it.

….

Do you not see those
whose scales are light in the Hereafter
are light only
because they followed falsehood in the World;

and doing so was light for them
(without strain like descending a downward slope)

And it is befitting for a scale to be light
when only falsehood is placed on it.

………………………………………….. ……………….

Do you not see Allah Azza wa Jall
revealed Ayat that inspire hope
after Ayat that inspire terror.

And Ayat that inspire terror
after Ayat that inspire hope.

This is so that a slave (of Allah)
remains both hopeful (of reward)
and fearful (of punishment),

without taking his own life,
and without hoping anything
other than the truth from Allah Azza wa Jall.

………………………………………….. …………………

If you remember
and preserve (apply) this advice of mine,
then let no matter of unseen world
be more beloved to you than death-
which, at any rate, is inevitable.

And if you not heed this advice of mine,
then let no matter from unseen world
be more hateful to you than death”

From: Glimpse of the Lives of Righteous People.
Compiled by Majdi Muhammad Ash-Shahawi.

Written by unknown

April 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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