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Hadeeth Ten: Following and Applying Divine Guidance


From Umm ud-Dardaa (radiyallaahu ‘anhaa) who said: I said to Aboo Dardaa (radiyallaahu ‘anhu): Will you not seek for things to entertain your guests just as others seek for things for their guests? So he replied: I heard Allaah’s Messenger () say:

“Ahead of you is a steep mountain which will not be surmounted by those who are overburdened.” So I wish to lighten my load for that ascent![1]


So the Muslim follows and applies divine guidance in all his affairs. This world to him is merely a passage to the hereafter and he has no attachment to it except for that which is essential in order to meet his needs and preserve himself.

But as for this world diverting most of his attention and being the goal which he seeks after, thinking that what he is doing is good, then this is not from the character or characteristics of the Muslim. So how strange is the case of people who waste the prime of their lives and expend their youth submerged in worldly actions, thinking they are doing good. This is indeed something from Satan, made alluring by him. So how are there people able to do this when it is the case that:


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[1] It is reported by al-Haakim (4/574), al-Baihaqee in Shu‘abul Eemaan and others and its chain of narration is saheeh. It was declared saheeh by al-Haakim and adh-Dhahabee agreed.