بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful

One of the scholars asked his student:

How long has it been since you accompanied me?

The student replied: It has been thirty three years.

The scholar said: What have you learned during this time?

The student replied: I learned eight matters.

The scholar exclaimed: To god Allah we belong and to him we return..!!

My life has been spent on you and you have only learned eight different things!?

The student said: I do not want to lie to you, I did not learn anything but those eight things.

The scholar said: Alright, then tell me what you learned so I can hear it.

The student said:

1. *First*: I looked at creation and I saw everyone taking a companion. When they each went to their grave, they became separated. I then befriended good deeds, so that when I enter my grave, they will follow me.

2. *Second*: I saw Allah’s words “And as for he who fears the status of his lord and forbids himself from desires, heaven will be his abode” so I struggled against my self to drive away my impulses so that I could be steadfast on the obedience of Allah.

3. *Third*: I observed creation and saw that anyone who had anything of value would try to hold on to it. Then I saw the verse where Allah says “Whatever is with you will end, and what is with Allah lasts forever”, so whenever I gained anything valuable, I gave it to Allah so he could keep it for me with him.

4. *Fourth*: I observed the creation, and I saw all of them showing off their wealth or lineage. Then I saw Allah’s words “Indeed the most noble of you with Allah is the most righteous and aware of Allah” So I strove to attain piety so that I could be noble in the sight of Allah.

5. *Fifth*: I observed creation and I found them envying one another over their worldly possessions. I then looked to the verse of Allah “We have portioned amongst them their livelihood in the (lowly) worldly life” so I realized that it is Allah who chooses who receives less or more (and envy would be questioning Allah’s choice), so I abandoned jealousy.

6. *Sixth*: I observed that creatures have enmity amongst themselves, hatred toward each-other, and even warfare amongst one another. I then saw the verse where Allah says “Indeed the devil is an enemy to you, so take him as an enemy”; so I abandoned animosity towards people and occupied myself with battling the devil.

7. *Seventh*: I observed the creation, and I saw every one of them working hard, forgoing their desires and struggling in order to attain worldly sustenance; even pursuing it through means that are not halal for them. I then reflected upon Allah’s verse “And there is no creature upon the Earth except that upon Allah is (the responsibility for) its sustenance”. Knowing I was one of these creatures, I occupied myself in the pursuit of what Allah has ordered me to do, and left that (worldly sustenance), which he has guaranteed me, up to Him.

8. *Eighth*: I observed creation and I saw each one of the creatures relying on another creature like them; one relying on another for his wealth, or to look after his estate or his business. I then looked upon the verse where Allah says “and whosoever relies upon Allah, He is sufficient for him”, so I abandoned reliance upon creation and I strove toward reliance upon The Creator.

Imagine the crowding of all the people in front of the gates of Heaven..

The voices of those who are entering mixing with one another..

Ponder the scene in which that door is opened..

“And the people who were mindfully obedient of Allah will be driven to heaven in groups”

What beauty!?

What splendor!?

What joy!?

What contentment!?

How insignificant and lowly is this entire world in that moment?

“There is no God but Allah!”

Truly this world has no joy except through his remembrance.

And the hereafter has no joy except through his forgiveness and mercy..

I ask Allah to gather us all in his highest heaven and to make us neighbors of our beloved prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam (peace be upon him)

And to make us all among those meant when He said:

“Their faces on that day will be glowing, laughing, rejoicing at the good news!”

The best friend is the one who loves you for Allah, reminds you of Allah, scares you from the anger of Allah, and makes you excited and eager to meet Allah.

This uplifted me!!

So I shared it with you so you could share it from me, as I shared it from someone else.

May Allah reward all those who share it and help spread it.

Amen – آمين

All praise is due to god Allah lord of the worlds – الحمدلله رب العالمين