Is there any report about how companions of Rasoolullah [saws] looked for a job? (What was their goal for the job)?
I give him the story of Ali ibn Abi Taalib (RA), once when he had no money at home; he went to a Jewish man looking for a job. The Jewish man offered him a job. The job was to go to a well, draw water and load it outside. The Jewish man said “For every bucket of water you bring from the well I give you one date”. Ali ibn abi Taalib (RA) started working and after nine buckets he stopped and he went to the Jewish man and asked him to give his dates. The man said “I want you to work more, work more you get more dates. Ali ibn abi Taalib (RA) said "I do not need it, Jewish man said why... I took the dates enough for me and my family today for which the man said take more, you may need it for tomorrow. Ali said I do not know if am going to live tomorrow".
Do you see the difference? It is a huge difference between the state of their mind and the state of our mind. One of the problems today is “Thulil-Amal” “long hope”. Long hope kills you, destroys you and makes you to have all kind of desire, all kind of worry. However, imagine now if you believe that you are going to die tonight, do you think you will have worry about tomorrow. If you believe that you may not live for one day what it will do to you it will make you humble.
Once I was talking to one brother, his father was very bad, very tough; causing mischief to the family and all of a sudden, he started developing all kind of problems. They took him to the hospital and found that he had Hepatitis B, more over going to C. The disease spoiled his liver. I asked him “how is your father now? Did you give him dawah?” He said my father has changed after he has come out of the hospital, my father, now only reads Quran, does not talk to anybody and he sits in his room. I said Subhanallah. Do we need Hepatitis B or C, Do we need cancer and do we need a major disease to calm down. By this way if you find any of us going too quick like train on fire super jet non stop until we have a major crisis and when we have a major crisis now we start crying and calming down.
But now, Allah [swt] has given us a gift, we are not dead, we are not sick; we are not having Hepatitis B or C or cancer. But we are having something so beautiful, we have each other, Allah [swt] allow our ear and heart to listen, meaning we have a chance, a chance to go to Allah [swt] with ease. Why we have to wait until we have cancer or any major disease, a major accident, why we have to wait until we become old and nasty.
How many elder around you, they are old but they are very nasty, generating mischief in the whole house, this age they should have calmed down, doing zikr, relax, prepare their soul for the final journey. What do you think? What is happening to us? We are going too fast, very fast. What is this gathering? This Gathering by itself can be considered as a break.
If you are driving a car and if you are a good driver, Say you are looking for a house. Will you drive so fast and put break all of a sudden? Or will you drive and once you come near the area, you start to slow down and once you slow down, now you can go in low speed and look for the number and address. How many of us go too fast and miss the house, now they have to go back over and over again many times. What does the humble person do? Little by little he slows down before he reaches the area.
Similarly all of us are adult now meaning, 1/3rd or ½ or more of our life is gone. Meaning, I like it or not I am going to the second phase of my life. And If you are in the early twenties, it only means that you are in the prime time, you are in the most beautiful time of your life, but how are you going to use it? What are you going to carry on when you are in the middle of 30 or 40? Are you going to carry goodness? Are you going to develop goodness? Very Important!
Everything I talked about is the journey of emaan, the journey of emaan is the most important journey in your life, the one you are going to discover that this is the only one you are going to take with you in the moment of death.
By the way does anyone know the moment of death? How many young people are dead? How many young people meet with an accident or have a disease and doctors say they have only six months to go, one year to go, one week to go. Why we hear about all this? It’s a wake up call.
By this way if you ask me today what’s the problem – “Duniya”. “Duniya” the whole ummah is Duniya. Rasoolullah [saws] said: My ummah in the end of time, they will champion each other in the high building.
Journey of Emaan
What is emaan? What does the word eman mean? Emaan means Akhirah, Emaan means hereafter, emaan means faith. But when Allah [swt] said Emaan, what he said emaan with? Emaan of Him [swt], Emaan of the Day of Judgment, emaan that you are going to die, emaan that you will die and be accountable of your action, emaan is after death you will have only 2 places to go either Jannah or Jahannam. This is our emaan; our emaan is that our soul will never die. When we die the body is finished, but the soul goes to an unseen journey. And we prepare!
Who is a mu’min?
Like rasoolullah [saws] said Ya Rasoolullah who is the wise? Who is the one most who has emaan? He said the one, who thinks about death, and works for after death. Rasoolullah [saws] in an authentic Hadith said; Duniya is beautiful and it is green. And Allah [swt] is created you as the khalifa in the earth meaning the guardian and the one who has the Amanah, the trust of it. And he is looking at you, what you are going to do? Fear duniya and fear women because the first fitna, the first trial of bani Israel was for women.
How many verses talk about duniya; few verses that you can read
Chap Hadid verse 20
Know that the life of the world is only play, and idle talk, and pageantry, and boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children; as the likeness of vegetation after rain, whereof the growth is pleasing to the husbandman, but afterward it drieth up and thou seest it turning yellow, then it becometh straw. And in the Hereafter there is grievous punishment, and (also) forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure, whereas the life of the world is but matter of illusion. (20)
Chap Yunus verse 24
The similitude of the life of the world is only as water which We send down from the sky, then the earth's growth of that which men and cattle eat mingleth with it till, when the earth hath taken on her ornaments and is embellished, and her people deem that they are masters of her, Our commandment cometh by night or by day and We make it as reaped corn as if it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do we expound the revelations for people who reflect. (24)
Chap Al Kahf verse 45 46 103 104
And coin for them the similitude of the life of the world as water which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingleth with it and then becometh dry twigs that the winds scatter. Allah is Able to do all things. (45)
Wealth and children are an ornament of the life of the world. But the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's sight for reward, and better in respect of hope. (46)
Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers by their works? (103)
Those whose effort goeth astray in the life of the world, and yet they reckon that they do good work. (104)
Chap Adh-Dhariyat verse 56 58
I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. (56)
Lo! Allah! He it is that giveth livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might. (58)
Chap Al Ankaboot verse 64
This life of the world is but a pastime and a game. Lo! the home of the Hereafter - that is Life, if they but knew. (64)
Allah [swt] tells us why he created us?
Chap An Nahl verse 3-18, 97
He hath created the heavens and the earth with truth. High be He Exalted above all that they associate (with Him). (3) He hath created man from a drop of fluid, yet behold! he is an open opponent. (4) And the cattle hath He created, whence ye have warm clothing and uses, and whereof ye eat; (5) And wherein is beauty for you, when ye bring them home, and when ye take them out to pasture. (6) And they bear your loads for you unto a land ye could not reach save with great trouble to yourselves. Lo! Your Lord is full of Pity, Merciful. (7) And horses and mules and asses (hath He created) that ye may ride them, and for ornament. And He createth that which ye know not. (8) And Allah's is the direction of the way, and some (roads) go not straight. And had He willed He would have led you all aright. (9) He it is Who sendeth down water from the sky, whence ye have drink, and whence are trees on which ye send your beasts to pasture. (10) Therewith He causeth crops to grow for you, and the olive and the date-palm and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect. (11) And He hath constrained the night and the day and the sun and the moon to be of service unto you, and the stars are made subservient by His command. Lo! herein indeed are portents for people who have sense. (12) And whatsoever He hath created for you in the earth of divers hues, lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who take heed. (13) And He it is Who hath constrained the sea to be of service that ye eat fresh meat from thence, and bring forth from thence ornaments which ye wear. And thou seest the ships ploughing it that ye (mankind) may seek of His bounty and that haply ye may give thanks. (14) And He hath cast into the earth firm hills that it quake not with you, and streams and roads that ye may find a way. (15) And landmarks (too), and by the star they find a way. (16) Is He then Who createth as him who createth not? Will ye not then remember? (17) And if ye would count the favour of Allah ye cannot reckon it. Lo! Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. (18)
Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily we shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do. (97)
Chap Al Room v 20-26
And of His signs is this: He created you of dust, and behold you human beings, ranging widely! (20) And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect. (21) And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Lo! herein indeed are portents for men of knowledge. (22) And of His signs is your slumber by night and by day, and your seeking of His bounty. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who heed. (23) And of His signs is this: He showeth you the lightning for a fear and for a hope, and sendeth down water from the sky, and thereby quickeneth the earth after her death. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who understand. (24) And of His signs is this: The heavens and the earth stand fast by His command, and afterward, when He calleth you, lo! from the earth ye will emerge. (25) Unto Him belongeth whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. All are obedient unto Him. (26)
Chap Al Noor v 55
Allah hath promised such of you as believe and do good work that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those who were before them to succeed (others); and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants. (55)
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