Be in This World As a Traveler

Be in this world as if you were a traveler. Just passing by and not intending to stay long.

Everyone that just passes by in a place, he will not gather everything at that place to stay long. But he will take a rest a moment, then prepare everything for the journey to the real course.

Abdullah bin Umar said, “The Prophet (ﷺ) took hold of my shoulder and said,

كُنْ فِي الدُّنْيَا كَأَنَّكَ غَرِيبٌ، أَوْ عَابِرُ سَبِيلٍ

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ  took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler” .

And Ibn Umar used to say,

إِذَا أَمْسَيْتَ فَلاَ تَنْتَظِرِ الصَّبَاحَ، وَإِذَا أَصْبَحْتَ فَلاَ تَنْتَظِرِ الْمَسَاءَ، وَخُذْ مِنْ صِحَّتِكَ لِمَرَضِكَ، وَمِنْ حَيَاتِكَ لِمَوْتِكَ‏

“In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death” [Bukhari].

So, be like a traveler. Be prepare for the real journey to the Hereafter.

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