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Your life is your capital and your only real investment

Date: 15/03/2014 A.D Jamadi II, 28 1423 H

By: Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)

Translated by: Ghassan Rimlawi

Life, age, and time are words remind man of all his existence through the seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years.

Man has to contemplate about this time that consumes his life in a gradual manner. He has to conceive it as the container that carries the actions, which determine his fate. When man understands time through this perspective he would strive to lead an effective life, always using his mind and developing it, not forgetting to be emotional but balanced, and making sure that he makes relentless efforts to help others build a better life and develop their potentials.

When man goes back to Allah’s words in the Holy Quran he will find that his life is his capital which he trades with God: “Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.”(99:7-8).

“Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you be it male or female”(3:195); If you do not use your time and leave it empty of good work, then you will meet your God with a life that is neither rich nor meaningful, but if you fill it with good deeds and charities, then it will elevate you to a place close to God and you will enjoy the bliss of paradise.

Therefore, your life is equivalent to what you carry in it.

Allah has talked about life in several verses. He says: {And Allah did create you from dust; then from a sperm-drop; then He made you in pairs. And no female conceives, or lays down (her load), but with His Knowledge. Nor is a man long-loved granted length of days, nor is a part cut off from his life, but is in a Book (ordained). All this is easy to Allah (35:11). Thus Allah has determined how much you live through the circumstances that will meet you in your life and which will determine if you are going to have a long or a short life. Everything has been already written.

Imam Zein Al-Abideen (a.s.) says in his supplication in the morning and evening:

This is a fresh day, over us a ready witness; its seconds minutes and hours bear witness upon what we do – If we do good it will leave us with praise, and if we do evil it will part from us with blame.

Imam Ali (a.s.) says that whenever you receive a new day in your life you will be parting another day.

Hurry up before your life ends!

 The Messenger (p.) was quoted as saying your life is limited, and nobody will live more than what he is destined to, therefore hurry up before it ends and make use of the chance you have and fill it with good deeds.

Muhammad (p.) too has drawn the following picture of what will happen on the day of Judgment, he says: On that day, 24 closets corresponding to the hours of the day and night will be opened for each servant of God.

The first one will be filled with light- these are the good deeds that have turned into light. The Holy Quran described the believer on the Day of Judgment as such: “The Prophet and those who believe him. Their light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say:Our Lord, Perfect out light for us, and grant us forgiveness: For thou has power over all things.” (66-8). He will feel so happy that if his happiness was distributed among those who dwell in Hell they will no longer feel the pain…

Then, another closet will be opened, but this one will be empty, dark and radiates fear. He will be so afraid and sad that if his feelings were distributed among the dwellers of Heaven, they will no longer feel happy. This closet represents the time he spent in disobeying his Lord- by backbiting, cheating, lying, committing adultery, drinking Alcohol and so on. Another closet will be opened but this one will be empty and contains nothing to please or sadden him and this is the hour he slept in or spent in doing something that is permissible. He will feel sorry that he missed this hour without filling it with good deeds.

This saying shows us that there are certain deeds that will have positive effects long after they are done, these are the good deeds that you obey Allah in doing them: “But the things that endure, good deeds, are best in the sight of your Lord, as rewards, and best as (the foundation for) hopes” (46:18).

It is true that they might make you tired in this world, but surely you will be rewarded in the Hereafter.

When you want to do anything, think about the results and not about the sufferings or hardships you might face in your way.

Allah also tells us about how the dwellers of the Hell will plead: “Therein will they cry aloud (for assistance: “Our Lord! Bring us out: We shall work righteousness, not the (deeds) we used to do!” “Did we not give you long enough life so that he should receive admonition? And (moreover) the warner came to you. So taste ye (the fruits of you deeds). For the wrongdoers there is no helper. (35:37).

Moreover, in the supplications of Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein (a.s.), we notice that he focuses on that, one should ask for a long life not in the number of years he will live but in what he will do in these years, He says in his supplication on the noble moral traits: “Let me live as long as my life is a free gift in obeying You. But if my life should become a pasture for Satan seize me to You before Your hatred overtakes me, or your wrath against me becomes firm.

In his Tuesday supplication the Imam also says: “Make life an increase for me in every good and death an ease for me in every evil”.

He adds in His “AbiHamza supplication”: And make me one of those whom you made his lifelong, his deeds good.One of those whomyou bestowed your Grace upon and made their life a good life of happiness and dignity.”

 Life is a capital that we trade with Allah.

It is an opportunity, and opportunities pass as quick as a clouds. Therefore, repent before it is too late. The Imam (a.s.) says when death is mentioned:

Spare us drawn out explanations and cut them short in us through sincerity of works that we may not hope expectantly for completing an hour after hour, chasing a day after a day, joining a breath to a breath, or overtaking a step with a step.

We ask the Almightily Allah to help us with what He helps the good on themselves. Lead us to spend our life in obeying you and learn how to be pious in all our days and nights, so that each day will become: “The most fortunate day we have known, the most excellent companion we have accompanied and the best time in which we have lingered.

* The aforementioned is an edited Friday sermon.

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