Rasulullah SAW said, "An intelligent person is one who is constantly thinking about and preparing for death." Think about it. How does one prepare for death?
1) By seeking knowledge of Islam. So study about Allah, his Prophet, good deeds and evil deeds. But knowledge itself is useless without... 2) Practising it. Perform good deeds, small or big, and avoid all evil deeds. But all performance is useless unless you are... 3) Sincere (Ikhlas). To do lillahi ta'ala. But you will never achieve sincerity, as long as you do not have…
4) True Faith (Iman). You must truly believe in Allah, truly be in awe of Allah, truly depend and ask only from Allah, truly hope from Allah, truly fear Allah, truly put your trust in Allah. But such faith does not come from reading books or talking about Islam or listening to fiery speeches about Islam; it comes from... 5) Striving hard in Allah's path (Jihad). This does not mean going around trying to convert the world to Islam; it does not mean waving a sword at the disbelievers showing them the 'terror' that Islam can inflict. It means fighting hard to cleanse the evil in yourselves – the jealousy, greed, stinginess, arrogance, pride, laziness, hatred, lack of faith, stupidity, blindness of the heart, backbiting and all the terrible sins that we do day after day, year after year, until death comes a calling. That is jihad. As you can see, this is a full time job that will take all your life to complete. But you will never start to strive for all of this, until you begin to... 6) Realise... Realise that you will die soon. Realise that you will be shown all your deeds (good and bad) on Judgement Day. Realise that Allah watches you all your life, and that no deed escapes His repayment. Realise that money, and fame and property cannot buy your way out of Hell. Realise that only iman and good deeds can. Realise that you live only once. Realise that you are responsible for yourself. Realise that in the end, you are the one who will gain or lose.
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