Hasan Al-Basri (life of this world)

Abu `Ubaidah An-Naji said: “We visited AI-Hasan AlBasri on the day he died. He said: “You are welcome, may Allah’s Peace be upon you, and accommodate us all in the Home of settlement.This is a good sign if you are true and patient. Your share of this religion should not be to heard with your ears and say what you hear from your mouths. …May Allah’s Mercy be upon him who eats cheap bread, wears rags, sits on the ground, works hard in worship, weeps for his sins, avoids Allah’s punishment, and asks His Mercy till death comes to him in this state.”

Al-Hasan said: “How good is life in this world for a believer because he uses it to prepare his provisions for Paradise. And how evil it is for a disbeliever who uses it to prepare his provisions for Hell.”

Al-Hasan said: “In the life of this world the believer is like a captive, doing his best to free himself, and not feeling any security until he meets the All-Mighty Allah.”

Describing the pious people, Al-Hasan said: “May Allah have Mercy on those who considered the life of this world as a trust, gave it back to the one who deposited it with them then left so light.”

Al-Hasan said: “The one whose wealth increases, his sins increase likewise, and who talks much, lies much, and the ill tempered man torments himself.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: “I am astonished about those people who are ordered to prepare their provisions, then the start of the journey is announced, however they remain unmindful in their vain discussions and fruitless deeds.”

Al-Hasan said: “I swear by Him in whose Hands my life is, I know some people for whom the life of this world is lower than the dust they walk on.”

Al-Hasan said: “How astonishing is the one who laughs whereas he is sure about Hell, and the one who feels happy whereas he is sure about death.”

Al-Hasan said: “The people who will have the easiest reckoning on the Day of Resurrection are those who have done the reckoning of themselves in the life of this world, who have considered well their deeds and intentions, completed what is for Allah’s sake and abstained from what is not. And the reckoning will be heavy for those who jeopardise their religious duties in the life of this world and make no reckoning of themselves, because they will discover that the All-Mighty Allah has recorded even the weight of an atom of their deeds, the All-Mighty Allah says: (…They will say: “Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!” And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Rabb treats no one with injustice.) (Qur’ an 18:49)

About the one who seeks the pleasures of the life of this world, Al-Hasan said: “I swear by Allah they will not last for him nor will he last in this life. He will not be safe from its evils, burden and reckoning, then he will be taken out of it in a shroud.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: “The jurisprudent is the one who renounces worldly pleasures, seeks the Hereafter, knows well his religion, worships his Rabb regularly, protects the Muslim’s honour, saves their wealth and advises them.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basra was asked: “Who is going to cry more than the others on the Day of Resurrection?” He answered: “A man on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace and who uses that for Allah’s disobedience.”

Al-Hasan (radiyallahu anhu) said: “I know some people who do neither feel happy for obtaining any of the worldly pleasures, nor feel sorry for missing any of them.”

Al-Hasan said: “Beware of the diversions of this world, which are many. If a man opens a door for diversions, then that door may open ten others.”

Source: From the book “The Life of This World Is a Transient Shade” by Abdul Malik Al-Qasim

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