Salafy Ink Publications

Look To The Hereafter

Date
October 7th, 2017
Author
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim
Source
Haadiyal Arwaah Ila Baladil Afraah
Translator
Abu 'Abdis Salaam Al Juyaanee

وَإِنْ ضَاقَتِ الدُّنْيَا عَلَيْكَ بِأَسْرِهَا * وَلَمْ يَكُ فِيهَا مَنْزِلٌ لَكَ يُعْلَمُ

فَحَيَّ عَلَى جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ فَإِنهَا * مَنَازِلُنَا الأُولَى وَفِيهَا الْمُخَيَّمُ

فَيا بَائِعًا هَذَا بِنَخْسٍ مُعَجَّلٍ * كَأَنَّكَ لَا تَدْرِي بَلَى سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُ

فَإِنْ كُنْتَ لَا تَدْرِي فَتِلْكَ مُصِيبَةٌ * وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَدْرِي فَالْمُصِيبَةُ أَعْظَمُ

Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah said in some beautiful lines of poetry:


And if this worldly life has become restricted with its incarcerating vices upon you,

(To the point) that there is no place in it of which you know of that belongs to you,

Then rush towards the bliss of the Gardens of Heaven for verily therein,

Is our first place of abode which therein has places (most suitable to dwell therein),

So O you (foolish one) who has sold (the hereafter for this world) what a shortsighted goal,

It is as if you don't know but verily you shall come to know,

(Now) If you don't know (this reality) then this is indeed a calamity,

But if you do know (this reality yet still act foolishly), then the calamity is multiplied in its severity.