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The Goodly Life

“An extremely beautiful clip from one of the most amazing scholars and worshipers of our time, Sheikh Muhammad Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee, from the holy city of Madinah. A translated extract from his lecture “Al Hayaat At-Tayyibah” (“The Goodly Life”), in which he discusses the realities of the life of this temporary world and man’s relationship with it, and most importantly his relationship with his Creator. Although the word “he” is used throughout the video, the Sheikh is referring to what affects all people men or women, and “he” was used for brevity.”


Is there not in what you see, a lesson indeed?

“Is there not in what you see, a lesson indeed?”

It is said that Maalik ibn Dinaar (May Allah have mercy upon him) once went to the graveyards and said:

“I approached the graves and called out to it
‘Where is the exalted one and where is the debased?

Where is the caller when he did call out
And where is the powerful when he did boast

Where is the one who was arrogant in his reign
And where is the strong one when he did gain power?

So he heard a voice say:

All have fleeted, so there is no informer
And all have died and so did the news

The daughters of the rich come and go
So they wipe away the beauty of such a picture

So O questioner of a people who have gone by
Is there not in what you see, a lesson indeed?

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“Is there not in what you see, a lesson indeed?” meaning that is it not a lesson for you of those who once walked upon this earth just like yourself, both the master and the slave, the arrogant one and the humble one, the powerful and the weak, the knowledgeable one and the ignorant one, all who have been in this world are no longer resident in it but are rather now the inhabitants of the graves, having taken with them nothing of the provision of this world except their deeds. So is this not a lesson for the people of understanding that they too will soon be returned to the dust of the earth with nothing to take forward from this world except their deeds, both good and bad.

Live in this world as a traveller or a stranger

“Live in this world as a traveller or a stranger”

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), he relates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) once held my shoulders and said:

“Live in this world as (if you are) a wayfarer or a stranger.” And Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) used to say: “If you live till night, then do not wait for the next day (i.e. do not have hopes that you will live to the next day), and if you wake up in the morning do not have hope that you will live till the night. And take (advantage) from your health before your sickness and take advantage of your life before your death (i.e. do every possible obedience in your life before death comes to you for then no deeds can be performed.)”

[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]


The similitude of ‘Living in this world as a wayfarer’ is like that of a traveller in this world who undertakes a journey and then stops to rest under the shade of a tree in a particular place. So the traveller ties his mount, lays down his luggage and retires for a moment under the shade in the midday heat, reclining against the tree. Then after having rested a while, he gathers his belongings, unties his mount and resumes his journey moving away from the temporary resting place, where he had sheltered for a short time. Such is the similitude of man in this world, who resides in this temporary abode of the world for a short time, and then he must thereafter continue his journey towards his real destination, which is the hereafter.

Promise 24 of 25

Promise 24 of 25

A good life – Hayaatan tayyibah

Allah the Most high, says,

“Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.”

[Al Qur’an 16:97]

The believers have a very good life, don’t be fooled by what you see. For sometimes what you see is not what you get. Sometimes you can see a wealthy disbeliever who has the world in his hands, but you can’t see what is going on in the inside, and he doesn’t know what the believers are feeling because he has never felt it. He feels happy with what he has and doesn’t know that there is something much better than that.

Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah have mercy on him) said “If the kings knew the happiness and pleasure that we feel in our hearts, they would come and try to take it away from us with the tips of their swords.”

But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a very distressful life.” [Al Qur’an 20:124]

Be assured anyone not on the true path is having a life of misery even if you think otherwise. Whilst the believers who are apparently going through suffering, Allah is giving them a feeling in their heart that could not be bought with the wealth of this Dunya.

Because of the difficulty the believers go through and the patience they show Allah gives them something in their hearts that cannot be described with words.

Again, if you are not feeling this, then there is something wrong with the iman (faith).

The next destination is the grave

The next destination is the grave

A translation of a beautiful Arabic poem

“Take taqwa as your provision, for you do not know
When the night darkens, will you live until fajr?

For how many of a youth laughs by morning and evening
And his shrouds have been weaved, and he does not know.

And how many of young ones are expected to live long
But their bodies are made to enter the darkness of the grave.

And how many of a bride have they beautified for her husband
And their souls have been seized on the night of decree.

And how many of a healthy one dies without an illness
And how many of an ill one has lived for a good time

So whoever lives for a thousand and more
They must one day, make their way to their grave”

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The value of this world

The value of this world

On the Authority of Sahl Bin Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“If the world was worth even the weight of a mosquito’s wing to Allah,
He would not let a disbeliever drink even a sip of water in it.”

[Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

“You prefer the worldly life (to the Aakhirah) whereas the Hereafter is best and everlasting.” (Al-Qur’an 87: 16-17)

Those who desire the life of this world

Those who desire the life of this world

Allah, The Most High says,

“Whosoever desires the life of this world and its adornment, we shall repay their deeds to them in it, and they will not suffer any short payment therein, they are those for whom there is nothing but the Fire in the hereafter, and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do.” [Al Qur’an 11:15,16]


Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) said regarding this verse, “Whosoever’s concern, intention and goal is this worldly life, then Allah will reward them for their good deeds in this life. Then, when they reach the next life, they will not have any good deeds that will be rewarded. However, concerning the believers (who perform their good deeds sincerely for the sake of Allah), they will be rewarded for their good deeds in this life and in the Hereafter as well.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]

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