Until It Comes
[Shaykh Aaid Al-Qarni]
[the Hour of punishment]
ordained by Allah will come to pass
so seek not to hasten it."
[Surah An-Nahl –Ayah 1]
Be not hasty and rushed for things
that have yet to come to pass.
Do you think it wise to pick fruits
before they become ripe?
Tomorrow is non-existent having no reality today,
so why should we busy ourselves with it?
Why should you have apprehensions
about future disasters?
Why should you be engrossed by their thoughts,
especially since we do not know
whether we will even see tomorrow?
The important thing to know is that
tomorrow is from the world of the unseen,
a bridge that we do not cross until it comes.
Who knows, perhaps we might never reach the bridge,
or the bridge might collapse before we reach it,
or we may actually reach it and cross safely.
For us to be engrossed in expectations about the future
is looked down upon in our religion since it leads
to our having a long-term attachment to this world,
an attachment that the good believer shuns.
Many people of this world are unduly fearful of
future poverty, hunger, disease, and disaster:
such thinking is inspired by devil.
"Satan threatens you with poverty
and orders you to commit Fahshah
[evil deeds, sins etc.],
whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness
from Himself and Bounty…"
[Surah al-Baqarah; 2:268]
Many are those who cry because
they see themselves starving tomorrow,
falling sick after a month, or because they fear that
the world will come to an end after a year.
Someone who has no clue as to when he will die
(which is all of us)
should not busy himself with such thoughts.
Since you are absorbed in the toils of today,
leave tomorrow until it comes.
Beware of becoming unduly attached
to future prospects in this world.