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Sayings Of The Companions

It is narrated that 'Uthman b. Áffan (Allah be pleased with him) said in a sermon:

Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has constantly passed by you and moved on to others ever since you have been in this world. However, (soon) he is about to pass someone else by and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know, O son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be upon you.

[Abu Bakr Al-Daynuri, Al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74.]

Khalid bin 'Umayr Al-'Adawi reported that 'Utbah b. Ghazwan (Allah be pleased with him) once gave a sermon. He praised Allah 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 [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 Allah, it will be filled. Do you not then think? 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.

[Sahîh Muslim no. 7624.]

When Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq was on his deathbed he called 'Umar (Allah be pleased with them) and said:

Fear Allah, O 'Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day. He will not accept extra deeds unless you fulfil the obligatory deeds. The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them. And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy. And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them. And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.

Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them. And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won't be amongst them. Allah's worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn't wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah's mercy.

If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.

[Abu Nu'aym, Hilyah Al-Awliya, Vol.1 p18; and Ibn Al-Jawzî, Sifah Al-Safwah.]