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Maytham, a Companion of Allāh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – said:

It has reached me that an angel goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the masjid and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and then enters his home with it. And Shayṭān goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the market and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and puts it in his home.

Al-Mundhirī states in Al-Targhīb wa Al-Tarhīb, “Reported by Ibn Abī ‘Āṣim amd Abū Nu’aym in Ma’rifatu Al-Ṣaḥābah and other works.” Graded ṣaḥīḥ by Al-Albāni in Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Targhīb wa Al-Tarhīb 1:101.

Worse than the End of the World

ʿAbdullāh b. ‘Amr – Allāh be pleased with them both – said:

Killing a believer is worse to Allāh than the ending of the world.

Al-Nasā`ī, ­Al-Sunan. Graded sahīh by Shaykh Al-Albānī in Sahīh Al-Jāmi’ no.4361.

The World in Three Days

It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:

The life of this world is made up of three days: yesterday has gone with all that was done; tomorrow, you may never reach; but today is for you so do what you should do today.

Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr p197.

Death and budgeting; speaking and deeds

It is reported from Al-Awzāʿī that he said:

Whoever remembers death often will find a small amount (of worldly things) sufficient for him; and whoever includes his speech in his deeds will speak little.

Al-Dhahabī , Siyar A’lām Al-Nubalā` in his biography of Al-Awzāʿī.

Children of the Hereafter

It is reported from ‘Alī b. Abī Tālib –Allah be pleased with him – that he said:

The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter. Verily, this worldly life is departing and the hereafter is approaching and each of them has its children. So be children of the hereafter, not children of this world, for today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds.

Quoted by Al-Bukhārī, Al-Sahīh, The Book of Raqā`iq without the first sentence. Reported in its entirety by Abū Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol.1 p40, and others.

Al-Hāfidh Ibn Hajr states in Fath Al-Bārī:

Extensive hopes (about this worldly life) give rise to lethargy when it comes to acts of obedience, procrastinating with repentance, desire for worldly things, forgetfulness of the hereafter and hardness of the heart; because the softness of the heart and its purity only comes about by remembering death, the grave, reward and punishment, and the horrors of the hereafter…for if one remembers death, he strives to do acts of obedience, his worries decrease and he is satisfied with less.