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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.”


A Clear lesson

A Clear lesson

“Many ways of life have passed away before your time. Go, then, about the earth and behold what happened in the end to those who gave the lie to the truth: this is a clear lesson unto all mankind, and a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah. Be not, then, faint of heart, and grieve not: for you are bound to rise high if you are believers.”
[Al Qur’an 3:137-139]

“this is a clear lesson unto all mankind”, i.e. do you not see how Allah has destroyed the nations that came before. They were mighty in strength, yet the command of Allah overtook them all, and now you see that all have perished. Is this not a lesson, that just like them you too are soon to depart from this fleeting world, so knowing this why does one not strive and work towards that which is to come?

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.

Being content with our provision in this world

Being content with our provision in this world

Al Hasan al-Basri (May Allah have mercy on him) reports that Umar ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) wrote the following letter to Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (May Allah be pleased with him),

“Be content with your provision in this world, for the Most Merciful has honoured some of His(swt) servants over others in terms of provision as a test for both. The one who has been given plenty is being tested to see if he will give thanks to Allah and fulfil the duties which are His(swt) by virtue of his wealth.”

[Ibn Hatim]

Allah, the Most High has therefore forbidden us from desiring what others have in terms of worldly provision, “Do not wish for what we have favoured some of you over others.” [Al Qur’an 4:32]

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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