Speech of ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (رضي الله عنه)
‘Utbah (رضي الله عنه) stood and addressed the men, He said:
Surely the worldly goods departed by becoming cut off and coming to an end. Only traces remain as in an empty, used vessel. You are moving over from it to a peaceful permanent residence. So, move to it with your gathered deeds. Indeed, I was told that if a rock were to be thrown down from the edge of hell into it, it would keep falling for seventy autumns before ending up at its bottom. Are you astonished? I was also told that between two gate poles of paradise is a distance of forty years, yet it will see a day when it will choke with the crowd. And indeed I remember that I was the seventh of the seven. I was with the Allah’s messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and we had no food save the leaves of as-sammur (a thorny tree) so that the corners of our mouth were blistered. I got a sheet of cloth which I cut half for myself and half for S’ad (رضي الله عنه). But now there is none among us of the seven but he is an amir (leader) of one of the several cities. And the people will be oppressed after us.
Bidayah wan Nihayah