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Every Breath… June 20, 2008

Posted by shadows15 in Amazing Quotes!, Personality Development, Weekly Wisdom.

Here is a beautiful quote on the value of not just our day, but each and every breath we take. I remember hearing in a lecture that each and every breath that is not taken for the sake of Allah will be a cause for regret on the Day of Judgement. If that is the case, then how about our entire lives that are wasted in pursuit of trivial things of no benefit in dunya and akhira?

“Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter? Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.”

-Imam Ghazali

Sometimes you might ask someone “How is your day?” to which some will reply by answering “same thing, different day!” This is a response that is truly astonishing because these people have clearly not understood the importance of their time, hence their belitting the value of their day. They see the passing of days as insignificant, thus their lack of enthusiasm to better themselves and their surroundings. Each day should be looked at longingly,it should be seen as a day of opportunity, a day in which one can either free himself from the pits of the fire or earn himself the gardens of paradise. If someone does not see his day in this way, then soon will come a time wherein his soul will be snatched away, leaving him no time to do good deeds and he will cry out:”My Lord, Return me to my life prior so that I may do good!”



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