Nowhere in the world is it more evident that one can be at the zenith of power one moment and at deaths door the next moment, as in Syria. The ruins of four civilizations stand testament to this fact.

Sjerilla ruins (Roman/Byzantine)
Nothing lasts forever, not civilizations not great men, not mean and cruel people (Thank God), not the finest of art and beauty except as a ruin, a reminder of what was and is no longer there.
Salahudin has been my childhood hero, he conquered most of the Middle East and his gentility, ehsaan and kindness as well as his bravery and justice were well known to both the crusaders and the muslims.
When he died he did not have enough money to be buried. He lies buried in a very simple gravesite just outside the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria.

When the emperor of Germany saw this he sent a marble engraved casket, which sits, besides his grave.
“What is with us perishes,
What is with Allah survives”

salahudin tomb inscription
So here is what I just read about this in Surah Al Anaam:

6:94 “And behold! ye come to us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: ye have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We see not with you your intercessors whom ye thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!”

Walaqad jitumoona furada kama khalaqnakum awwala marratin wataraktum ma khawwalnakum waraa thuhoorikum wama nara maAAakum shufaAAaakumu allatheena zaAAamtum annahum feekum shurakao laqad taqattaAAa baynakum wadalla AAankum ma kuntum tazAAumoona

وَلَقَدْ جِئْتُمُونَا فُرَادَى كَمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ وَتَرَكْتُم مَّا خَوَّلْنَاكُمْ وَرَاء ظُهُورِكُمْ وَمَا نَرَى مَعَكُمْ شُفَعَاءكُمُ الَّذِينَ زَعَمْتُمْ أَنَّهُمْ فِيكُمْ شُرَكَاء لَقَد تَّقَطَّعَ بَيْنَكُمْ وَضَلَّ عَنكُم مَّا كُنتُمْ تَزْعُمُونَ (6:94)

6:94 Allah SWT says we will come to him alone and bare at death same as the day we were born, alone and naked. Everything that Allah SWT gave us in this world, beauty of people and things will be left far behind our backs in dunya.
While we have time in this dunya usually we use all our time to collect things……all those things that will be of no use in the Hereafter and will be left behind forever and forever when we leave this world……..
We are continuously involved in building our businesses, homes, power structures, and empires, but when it comes to the time of death all bonds with everyone and everything will be cut and “ those people are lost that you thought will be your intercessors” (your children, your parents, your pirs, your saints etc).

My take on this: The intention is the key here. Obviously while we live with dunya we have to survive. We have to recognize, appreciate and be thank ful for all the gifts of Allah. And this is where the catch is: do we do this in a simple manner or in a gluttonous manner?
In evaluating my daily practices, and my short and long term goals, I need to detach myself from the corporate rat race and take a long hard look at what I have built and what I am building, and who is it going to benefit? How do I spend my time and how much do I need to survive and why do I amass more than my absolute basic needs? What is my basic need? How little can I get by with? Where is my insecurity coming from?
I need to evaluate and reiterate my belief in the absolute power of Allah to give and take away, He is watching me to see if I do it voluntarily or does He have to do it for me? And does He do this in this world or in the next?
How much or how little do I need? And what am I doing to spread his word with my ilm, money and influence? Serious and sobering questions!

Time, the most valuable factor in this equation, it can work for me or against me, it is also a wild card, as I don’t know how much of it I am allotted.
I have stepped back on the merry go round of Dunya after returning from Mecca, I need to get off it to reflect and change myself and my environment pro-actively if I am to follow Allah SWT commands to me in the Surah Al Anaam. Please keep me in your prayers to give me strength.

How do you spend your time?


  1. A wonderfully thoughtful post 🙂 Indeed, we leave as we came, with nothing but Allah before us and behind us. The lesson of the dunya is keep Allah before us and behind us in life, but the busy mind forgets, even though prophets come to remind us, holy books come to remind us, beauty comes to remind us, love comes to remind us. And everywhere you there, there is the face of Allah.

    Ya Haqq!


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  3. Salma, your mistakes as you call them are words of love and worship. The little mistakes do not matter because the real meaning and feeling comes through with your duas.
    Keep writing!
    Jazaaik Allah hu Khairan.


  4. Asma I have made so many mistakes I am sorry I liked your this post on your blog so much, I really wanted to write, I hope you will excuse me


  5. ASAK
    That is so true actually we don’t need that much to live our life happily. How much we are going to use in 70 80 years in that also half the time we sleep. Everything is going to be left behind. We should make our life easy and simple, but the bridge we are crossing to get to our destination (Jannah) is very hard. May Allah (SWT) help us to cross this bridge safe and sound and with His guidance. Ameen.
    O Allah (SWT) have mercy on all the muslim ummah and keep us in your protection all the time, especially our children, full fill all their desires and wishes under Your supervision help us to use our time and our ability in your happiness. We are your slaves and you are our Creator ,Ameen


  6. Welcome back Asma! I missed you and your writings. May Allah ( SWT ) shower His mercy on you and your family in both the worlds and help all of us to change ourselves for the better, Aameen.


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