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Speech of ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (رضي الله عنه)

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‘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

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July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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“The life of this world has announced its departure…

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خطبنا عتبة بن غزوان . فحمد الله وأثنى عليه ثم قال : أما بعد . فإن الدنيا قد آذنت بصرم وولت حذاء . ولم يبقى منها إلا صبابة كصبابة الإناء . يتصابها صاحبها . وإنكم منتقلون منها إلى دار لا زوال لها . فانتقلوا بخير ما بحضرتكم . فإنه قد ذكر لنا أن الحجر يلقى من شفة جهنم . فيهوي فيها سبعين عاما لا يدرك لها قعر . ووالله ! لتملأن . أفعجبتم ؟ ولقد ذكر لنا أن ما بين مصراعين من مصاريع الجنة مسيرة أربعين سنة . وليأتين عليها يوم وهو كظيظ من الزحام . ولقد رأيتني سابع سبعة مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم . ما لنا طعام إلا ورق الشجر . حتى تقرحت أشداقنا . فالتقطت بردة فشققتها بيني وبين سعد بن مالك . فاتزرت بنصفها واتزر سعد بنصفها . فما أصبح اليوم منا أحد إلا أصبح أميرا على مصر من الأمصار . وإني أعوذ بالله أن أكون في نفسي عظيما وعند الله صغيرا . وإنها لم تكن نبوة قط إلا تناسخت ، حتى يكون آخر عاقبتها ملكا . فستخبرون وتجربون الأمراء بعدنا . الراوي: خالد بن عمير العدوي المحدث: مسلم – المصدر: صحيح مسلم – الصفحة أو الرقم: 2967

Khalid ibn ‘Umayr Al-Adawi reports, ‘Utbah ibn Ghazwan رضي الله عنهما once gave us a sermon. He praised Allaah, then said:

“The life of this world has announced its departure and is quickly turning away, and nothing remains of it save the likes of the last drop of water in a vessel as its possessor tries to catch it. You are moving on to an abode that has no end, so move on with the best (of deeds) that you have. For it has been said to us that a rock can be dropped from the edge of Hell and fall for seventy years without reaching the bottom. Yet, by Allaah, it will be filled. Do you not then wonder? And it has been said to us that a single entrance to Paradise is as wide as a journey of forty years, yet there will come a day when it will be crowded. I have seen myself as the seventh of seven (of) Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم; we had no food save the leaves of trees which put sores round our mouths. I once got a cloak which I tore in half to share with Sa’d ibn Malik: I used half as my waist-wrap and he used the other. And yet today, there is not one of us except he has become a governor over some city – and I seek refuge with Allaah that I consider myself great and important when I am small in front of Allaah. Verily there was never Prophethood except that it gradually changed until it ended up being a kingship, and verily you will see what the governors after us are like.”

Saheeh Muslim

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October 18, 2010 at 6:19 am

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