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The Tsunami of Time

Listen Here: “The Tsunami of Time” by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

In this lecture, Shaykh Husain compares the power and effects of a tsunami with that of time.

The tsunami that occurred in Japan was so massive that we can’t even appreciate how large it was, for every one story of loss we hear, there are 100 others we didn’t hear. When the earthquake hit, the world was given a universal tsunami warning, they were posted on all major websites; Google posted it beneath their search engine.

In the same way, we are all undergoing the tsunami of time, which grabs everyone and drags them off the face of this earth.  The deception of time as opposed to a tsunami which comes and goes quickly is that time appears to move slowly. It deceives us to make us think it is slow, but in reality it will hit us just the same. The tsunami of time doesn’t care who you are, what you have, or who you know. You have a very limited window in which to spend your time. There isn’t even a question of survival.

If you just look at your own self you’ll see the effects of time, you’re not able to do the things you were able to do once before, your children are becoming as tall as you, your hair used be black but now it’s turning white.  These are all signs that the tsunami has come to your knees but hasn’t sucked you away yet, the next wave will certainly take you.

For the Muslims, we have been warned, this tsunami will not take us by surprise. Just like these governments and websites blew a whistle warning people of the tsunami, so too were we blown a whistle by our messengerصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Don’t be deceived by this life, the one who acts like this life is permanent will be the biggest loser in the end. The Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in the early days of Islam gathered his people and asked them, if I warned you that over this hill is an army ready to attack you, would you not believe me? They said, of course you are truthful and honest, so he warned them of something greater, that there is death, that there is an afterlife, and a final judgment.

So the only thing left is to take advantage of this time. On the final day there will only be Allah and your deeds. Are we doubting the word of Allah, are we doubting the veracity of our Messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم who said be like a traveler because we are. We have no excuses. What a blessing of Allah swt that it won’t be a shock to us, we’re fortunate; we’ve been warned and told of the reality of this life.

It’s amazing the gamble we take every day, we say we’ll worry about our salah another day, we’ll worry about reading the Quran another day. Life doesn’t work this way, there will be a day after which there won’t be any other days. There is no guarantee that you’ll have those 20-30 years for which you’re leaving your worship, there’s no guarantee of a tomorrow.

We have to be thankful and sensible, we are standing in the face of a tsunami that no human being has ever or can ever avoid. If a person says to you, there is a tsunami you will be raised in front of your Lord, you will be judged and you will be placed in Jannah or Jahannam, there are only two options -I believe you, a believer, or I don’t believe you, a non believer. The believer will change his life accordingly and that is a sign of belief.

We KNOW the reality and we have to prepare for the hereafter, to do anything else would be like playing at the beach on the day of the tsunami!

My thoughts: Subhan’Allah what an amazing lecture! The believer should always be this keenly aware of reality. Time is such a deception, sometimes when you look at elderly people, with deep lines running across their faces and you can’t help but think where did their life go?  Most of it has been spent, they’ve lived their lives, I look like this right now, I’m young, but there was a time when they looked just like me. It’s so short subhan’Allah, we’re all just here travelling, waiting, to see the real world. Hearing this lecture puts a heavy rock on your gut and asks you, where have you been spending your time? It makes the asal, the true, nature of this life so real and so right in front of you that you just want to pull the covers over your head and hide your face.

By the essence of all time. Verily, all humankind is in deep loss. Except those who believed (in the oneness of Allah) and performed good work and reminded each others of the truth and reminded each other to be patient.

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