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The Passerby under the Tree

The Messenger (salla Allaahu 'alayhy wa sallam) said, replying to some companions who offered him a softer and more comfortable bed:

مَا لِي وَمَا لِلدُّنْيَا مَا أَنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا كَرَاكِبٍ اسْتَظَلَّ تَحْتَ شَجَرَةٍ ثُمَّ رَاحَ وَتَرَكَهَا

"Why should I desire this world?! I am just like a passerby who took some rest under a tree then went away and left it."*

This is very powerful. The recent death of my neighbor led me to come across this in a book. I believe we can sometimes get too immersed in this world and death is a good reminder to get us back to the surface.

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* Narrated by at-Tirmithee in his Sunan (2299), Ibn Maajah (4099), and Ahmad (2608, 3525, 3991), among others, and the wording is of at-Tirmithee. Abu 'Eesaa said at the end "This is a Hasan (good) Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth" and al-Albaanee agreed with him (As Silsilatul Saheehah, 438).


* Photo by StewBl@ck (Cycling in Dorset for a week) (license)