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40 Hadith #61: The reality of this life

Alhuda Bolton · 40 Hadith #61: The Reality of Life

With our brother Abu Arwa Ali

Summary 

  • The value of remembering death, why is this important?
  • What is the reality of life?
  • Ibn Qayyim’s example of the man who had three brothers, what does each brother represent?
  • The value of our deeds

Hadith 40 (Be in the World as a Stranger)

  • From Ibn ʿUmar (raḍiyallāhu ʿanhumā) who said: The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in the world as though you were a stranger or a traveller.” And Ibn ʿUmar used to say, “At evening do not expect (to live till) morning, and at morning do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health for your illness and from your life for your death.” [Related by Al-Bukhārī]
  • The explanation to this hadith is split into 5 parts

Recap from last lesson and this hadith so far:

  • How did the companions view the reality of life? How did they value their time?
  • The value of remembering death, why is this important?
  • What will happen to our personal connections on the Day of Judgement?

What is the reality of life?

  • Ibnul Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him) relates to us the example of the man who had three brothers and how this reflects the reality of this life
  • What is this story?
  • What does each brother represent?
  • The value of our deeds

Part 5: Summary of Benefits

  1. In this hadith there is an encouragement for a person to feel the strangeness of this life
  2. A teacher should say or do those things which causes the learner to turn his attention towards him and retain the information
  3. We see how the companions hasten towards executing the commands of the Prophet 
  4. The virtue of Abdullaah Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him)
  5. An encouragement for people to race towards righteousness

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