Ibrat from Airport,nasihah by Maulana Yunus Patel sahab.
I came across this beautiful piece of advice and I really feel that it is worth sharing. It is a beautiful analogy comparing the world to the Airport.
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Reflection from the nasihah by Maulana Yunus Patel sahab.
This piece of advice given by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (RA) at the Johannesburg International Airport is a powerful reminder of the transient nature of life and the importance of preparing for the Hereafter. Here are some key points highlighted in the advice:
- Arrivals and Departures: The airport serves as a metaphor for life. Just as people arrive and depart from the airport, our arrival in this world has occurred, and our departure to the Hereafter is inevitable.
- Scheduled Departure: Unlike flights that may be delayed, the departure to the Hereafter is scheduled, but the exact time is unknown. It emphasizes the uncertainty and unpredictability of life.
- The Journey to Aalame-Barzakh: The analogy of flights departing to various destinations relates to our journey from the world of souls to the transitory world and eventually to the period of life after death (Aalame-Barzakh).
- Cancellation of Life’s Visa: Life is compared to a visa that can be canceled at any time. Its duration is unknown, and its extension is impossible. This underscores the need to be prepared for the journey to the Hereafter at all times.
- VIP Lounge and Waiting Area: People, regardless of their status (First Class, Business Class, or Economy Class), will all depart. This symbolizes that everyone, regardless of their worldly status, will face death.
- The ‘Dash’ of Life: The span of life, represented by the ‘dash’ between the date of birth and death, is short but crucial. This period determines the fate of the Hereafter, leading either to Jannah (Paradise) or Jahannum (Hell).
- Underground Parking and Prayer Room: The mention of reserved parking is a reminder of the inevitability of death. The advice encourages visiting the prayer room, symbolizing the importance of bringing submission and servitude into our lives before the journey ends.
- Enjoy the bounty but not attatch yourself to it: Life is likened to a time-share where occupants utilize facilities for a limited time. Similarly, we should enjoy the bounties of this world but not attach our hearts to it.
- Preparation for the Hereafter: Preparation for the Hereafter does not mean deprivation of worldly comforts. It emphasizes following the teachings of Shariah and Sunnah while engaging in lawful activities.
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