Hadith 23:Freeing or Destroying Ourselves

On the authority of Abu Maalik al-Haarith ibn Aasim al-Ashari, (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ‘Purification is half of the faith. The phrase al-hamdulillah (‘All praises be to Allah ‘) fills the scale. The phrases sub-haanallaah (‘High is Allah above every imperfection and need; He is pure and perfect’) and al-hamdullilah (‘All praise be to Allah’) fill together – or each fill – what is between the heavens and earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is a proof. Patience is a brightness. The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you. And everyone goes out in the morning and sells himself either freeing or destroying himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)

“And everyone goes out in the morning and sells himself either freeing or destroying himself.”

Every day, every human being is faced with new situations. Every morning, we get up and do things, either obeying or disobeying Allah (swt). Each of our daily actions therefore, either leads us towards the freedom of Paradise, or the destruction of Hellfire. Like our relationship with the Qur’an, there is either obedience or disobedience, there is no in between. Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:

“Certainly your efforts and deeds are diverse (different in aims and purposes); as for him who gives and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him; and believes in a reward [from Allah], We will make smooth for him the path of ease [goodness]. But he who is greedy and thinks himself self-sufficient, and belies the good reward, We will make smooth for him the path for evil.” (Surah al-Lail:4-10)

Those who disbelieve in the Hereafter, sell themselves to this wordly life and their own desires such as money, power and lust. It is the equivalent of selling their own selves to destruction, because this path leads to nowhere but the Hellfire.  Allah (swt) says:

“And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own souls, if they but knew.” (Surah al-Baqarah: 102)

The one who is successful is the one who sells themselves to Allah (swt), and in return buys eternal freedom. For our belief and obedience Allah (swt) promises us nothing short of Paradise. Allah (swt) says:

“Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their wealth for [the price] that theirs will be Paradise.” (Surah al-Taubah:111)

Every morning therefore brings us a new opportunity to follow the path to destruction, or the path to freedom. Our souls are more valuable than anything this world has to offer.  Let’s not lose eternal bliss for short term pleasures.

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