The Last Powerful Advice From the Prophet
The day before the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed away, he said this one key piece of advice:
Always have good expectations from Allah.
Always have the best of expectations from Allah. That’s something very important. We are struggling, we are dealing with some spiritual bleakness, people lack hope, people don’t see any lights on the horizon…
We need to renew our iman (faith), and know who we believe in, and His Might, and His Power, and His Greatness… And He can bring lights in the middle of the night, He can deliver us from the most overwhelming of circumstances. He will make a way, you just have to believe.
So, always know that Allah will make a way for you, and Allah will help you.
And then another very powerful concluding message from the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him):
Pray your Salah, give your zakah, and fulfill the rights of the people that you are responsible for.
This is the balance that we have to learn to strike in our lives. Maintain your relationship with Allah and the primary form of that is keeping up with your prayers, and then secondly, take care of the people, value the people, cherish the people…
Care for the people that Allah has given you responsibility over. We will be asked about it, we will be accounted for it.
There is a reckoning that is coming, and Allah will readily forgive our indiscretions in regards to Him; but when we violate other people’s rights, that’s something that won’t be so easily forgiven, we will be held to account for it.
Fix your character, repair your relationships, learn to be more responsible in your personal life, and towards the people that have rights upon you.
Finally, when the Prophet (peace be upon him) went a week before he passed away, he called one of the people, who’s another freed slave of the Prophet who was very close to him, and he said:
Take me to Al-Baqi’ (the graveyard of Madinah) I want to go pay my respect one last time.
His family was there, his children were there, his friends and companions were there…
So, he helped him walk and he went all the way to the graveyard and paid his respects there. And afterwards, as he was walking back, he said to the man who’s helping him walk, that:
Allah gave me a choice, to continue to live in this world or to depart from this world and go and be with Allah.
The man started to cry and said:
“I beg you, I will do anything, tell me that you asked to stay.”
And the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
No. It’s time for me to go and be with Allah.
So, I mentioned this last and final point here not to create a sense of morbidity, nor to create a sense of giving up on this particular life, but to understand that we do have a final destination, we do have a goal and objective.
And the more we are focused on the goal, and the objective, and the final destination, the more meaningfully, the more with dignity, honor, focus, and respect, will we live this particular life.